Mathematics and Physics MSci

London, Bloomsbury
Mathematics and Physics MSci (2022)

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 modules and completing a major project.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
Duration
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£9,250
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code
GF1H

Entry requirements

Grades
A*A*A with A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and A in Physics, or A*AA with A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and A in Physics, any order, and a 2 in any STEP Paper or a Distinction in the Mathematics AEA.
Subjects
A*A*A with A*A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and A in Physics, or A*AA with A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and A in Physics, any order, and a 2 in any STEP Paper or a Distinction in the Mathematics AEA.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

Contextual offer information

Grades
A*AA more about contextual offers
Subjects
A*AA with A*A in any order from Mathematics and Further Mathematics and A in Physics.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
Points
40
Subjects
A total of 40 points overall with 20 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in higher level Mathematics and 6 in higher level Physics, or 39 overall with 19 in three higher level subjects including 7 in higher level Mathematics, 6 in higher level Physics plus a grade 2 in any STEP paper/distinction in Mathematics AEA. No higher level score below 5. The programme will accept higher level 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' only.

Contextual offer

Points
39 more about contextual offers
Subjects
A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and at least 6 in Physics, with no higher level score below 5. The programme will accept higher level 'Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches' only.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

A1,A1,A at Advanced Highers including A1,A1 in Mathematics and either Mathematics of Mechanics or Statistics and A in Physics, or A1,A,A at Advanced Highers including A1,A in any order in Mathematics and either Mathematics of Mechanics or Statistics, and A in Physics, plus a 2 in any STEP paper

D2,D2,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including D2 in Mathematics and D3 in Physics. Or D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject Certificates, including D2 in Mathematics and D3 in Physics and a 2 in any STEP paper

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Additional tests

Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP)


Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

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

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

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If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview


In the first and second years of the programme you will cover a balanced selection of modules in both UCL Mathematics and UCL Physics & Astronomy. You will take a selection of designated modules 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 may be 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.

What this course will give you

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.

Internationally renowned (6th in the UK, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: Mathematics), UCL Mathematics is home to world-leading researchers in a wide range of fields, especially geometry, spectral theory, numerical analysis, 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.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MSci (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics.

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Full-time

The first two years are almost all compulsory, studying the core ideas of modern mathematics and theoretical physics and also including an introduction to coding. The content is delivered through lectures supported by regular problem sheets, problem classes, small group tutorials and computer labs. Additionally you will take part in a group project and presentation, researching a topic in mathematics related to the second year syllabus.

In the third year you continue to follow core topics in physics, and there is a wide range of advanced topics in mathematics available, the majority building on the knowledge mastered in earlier years.  These include modules in areas such as geometry, analysis and its applications, combinatorics, fluid mechanics, financial mathematics and mathematical biology, mathematical education and history of mathematics. An option outside the departments of Mathematics and Physics is available, subject to suitability and availability.

In the fourth year, you will study higher-level modules in Mathematics and Physics largely related to the research interests of staff. There is also a substantial independent project, which can be in either Mathematics or Theoretical Physics, which accounts for 25% of the assessment of year 4.

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 programme allows you to meet with tutors on a one-to-one basis to review parts of the degree that you find interesting or need clarifying. A Student Mentor scheme runs in the department offering support and advice to first-years.

Typical timetabled contact hours for Mathematics degree programmes are
approximately 18 hours per week in year 1 reducing to 12 hours in
the final year. In year 1, these hours consist of lectures (typically 12 hours
per week), problems classes (4 hours per week) and tutorials (2 hours
a week). In the final year they consist of 12 hours of lectures.  In addition,
students are expected to undertake approximately 15-20 hours of
independent study per week.

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by written examinations in the third term, with a small element of coursework assessment.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

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.

Employability

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.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £9,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.

Additional costs

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

Your application

We look for significant levels of enthusiasm for the challenges and rewards of studying mathematics together with its applications.

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.

Selection

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

For further information on UCL’s selection process see: How we assess your application.

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