UCL-IoE merger

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Dr Robert Bowles

Email: admissions@math.ucl.ac.uk

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Key Facts

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Mathematics and Physics MSci

UCAS code: GF1H

This MSci offers an additional year of study on top of the Mathematics and Physics BSc, during which students have the opportunity to specialise further by taking more advanced courses and completing a major project.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades A*A*A, or A*AA and a 1 in any STEP paper or distinction in Mathematics AEA
Subjects Mathematics and Further Mathematics required at A*, or Mathematics at A* and Further Mathematics at A if STEP or AEA offered.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 39-40
Subjects A score of 20 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and at least 6 in Physics, or 19 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and at least 6 in Physics and a 1 in any STEP paper or a distinction in Mathematics AEA, with no score below 5.

Other qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • The MSci programme provides both a broad-based training and in-depth study, particularly suitable if you wish to pursue research in mathematics or physics.
  • UCL's internationally renowned Mathematics Department is home to world-leading researchers in a wide range of fields, especially geometry, spectral theory, number theory, fluid dynamics and mathematical modelling.
  • Three of the six British winners of the Fields medal (the mathematician's equivalent of the Nobel Prize) have associations with the department.

In the first and second years of the programme you will cover a balanced selection of courses in both the Mathematics Department and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. You will take a selection of designated courses in the third year and undertake a major project in your fourth year, which will include a substantial piece of written work and a presentation. Students taking this programme do not have to do any practical work, although this is possible if so desired.

This programme is offered as a three-year BSc or a four-year MSci degree. The first two years of the programme are identical, and students are advised to apply for the MSci degree in the first instance, as it is possible to transfer to the BSc during the first three years.

Your learning

Teaching is mainly carried out through lectures and small-group tutorials. Problem classes allow you to exercise the skills you have learned. In addition, an 'office hours' system for each course allows you to meet with tutors on a one-to-one basis to review parts of the course you find interesting or need clarifying.


Most courses are assessed by two-hour written examinations in the third term, with a small element (10%) of coursework assessment. A system of Peer Assisted Learning has been pioneered in the department, with second-year students offering support and advice to first years.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Mathematics courses:

Algebra for Joint Honours Students
Analysis 1
Mathematical Methods 1
Mathematical Methods 2

Physics and Astronomy courses:

Classical Mechanics
Physics of the Universe
Thermal Physics
Waves, Optics and Acoustics

Optional courses

All first year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Mathematics courses:

Analysis 3: Complex Analysis
Fluid Mechanics
Mathematical Methods 3

Physics and Astronomy courses:

Atomic and Molecular Physics
Electricity and Magnetism
Quantum Physics
Statistical Thermodynamics

Optional courses

You will select one of the following Mathematics courses:

Analytical Dynamics
Mathematical Methods 4

Year Three

Compulsory courses

All third year courses are optional. Currently available Mathematics options are described on the Department of Mathematics website.

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits of Year 3 designated Mathematics options, plus three of the following (1.5 credits):

Electromagnetic Theory
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Quantum Mechanics
Solid State Physics

You will also select:

0.5 credits of Year 3 Mathematics options or suitable Year 3 Physics options.

0.5 credits of Year 3 Mathematics options, suitable Year 3 Physics options or an approved outside option

Final Year

Compulsory courses

All final year courses are optional.

Optional courses

You will select:

1.0 credits of Year 4 Mathematics options

1.0 credits of suitable Year 4 Physics options

0.5 credits of Year 4 Mathematics/Physics options or an approved outside option

Plus either:
Physics Project (1.5 credits)
Project in Mathematics (1.0 credits) together with 0.5 credits of Mathematics or Physics options

Further details on department website: Mathematics and Physics MSci


We aim to develop your skills in mathematical reasoning, problem-solving and accurate mathematical manipulation. You will also learn to handle abstract concepts and to think critically, argue logically and express yourself clearly.

A mathematics degree is highly valued by employers due to the skills in logical thinking, analysis, problem-solving and, of course, numeracy, that it develops.

Graduates have gone forward to use their mathematical skills in careers in the City of London, such as forecasting, risk analysis and trading, in financial services, such as accountancy, banking and insurance, and in scientific research, information technology and industry.

Further study, such as a Master's degree or a PGCE qualification, is another popular option.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of Mathematics and Physics programmes at UCL include:

  • Full-time student, MSc in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge (2012)
  • Management Consultant, Deloitte (2011)
  • Insurance Broker, Willis (2010)
  • Software Developer, Ocado (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

Your application

In addition to academic requirements, we expect you to demonstrate an understanding and enjoyment of the subject beyond the examined syllabus, through your reading and involvement in problem-solving activities. Evidence of your curiosity and perseverance in tackling puzzles, and your enjoyment of logical and abstract thinking, should be shown in your application.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


If your application is sufficiently strong you will be invited to visit the department for an applicant afternoon. Alternatively, some invitations are for an academic interview. You will also be able to talk to current students and staff and will be given a tour.

The department is involved in the Year in Industry Scheme which involves deferring entry for a year to gain valuable work experience.

Video: how to make your application stand out

Video: applying to UCL through UCAS

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£16,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

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