Mathematics with Mathematical Physics BSc
Mathematics and physics are closely interlinked subjects, with each providing many fascinating insights into the other. Students on this programme receive a thorough mathematical training and may also take modules in UCL Physics & Astronomy, as well as more widely across both UCL and the University of London.
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- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 29 January 2021
- London, Bloomsbury
- 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.
- 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, in any order, and a 2 in any STEP Paper or a Distinction in the Mathematics AEA.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- A*AA (more about contextual offers)
- A*AA with A*A in any order in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and A in Physics.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- A score of 40 points overall with 20 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics, or 39 overall with 19 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and a 2 in any STEP paper or a distinction in Mathematics AEA, with no higher level below 5.
- 39 (more about contextual offers)
- A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects including 7 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics, with no score below 5.
Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP)
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
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.
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.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
Gain transferable skills such as numeracy, problem-solving and logical thinking, which can lead to a large variety of interesting, diverse and well-paid careers.
A wide range of applied mathematics/mathematical physics modules are offered by the department, reflecting the research interests of current staff.
Internationally renowned (15th in Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2020) UCL Mathematics 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 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).
In the first year and a half of the BSc you will receive a thorough grounding in pure mathematics and mathematical methods following the same modules as the single-subject Mathematics students; except that Quantum Mechanics can be taken in place of Algebra 3. The programme then follows relevant pure and applied mathematics options in the second half of the second year and in the third year, supplemented by physics modules given by UCL Physics & Astronomy.
Possible options include: Atomic and Molecular Physics (UCL Physics & Astronomy); Mathematical Physics (King's College London); Quantum Mechanics (UCL Physics & Astronomy).
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.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with Mathematical Physics.
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.
Applied Mathematics 1
Applied Mathematics 2
Mathematical Methods 1
Mathematical Methods 2
All first year modules are compulsory.
Analysis 3: Complex Analysis
Mathematical Methods 3
You will select 2.5 credits of optional modules, including:
Algebra 3: Further Linear Algebra
Plus four of the following:
Algebra 4: Groups and Rings
Analysis 4: Real Analysis
Geometry and Groups
Mathematical Methods 4
Probability and Statistics
Alternatively a half-credit module may be taken from another department, subject to approval.
All final-year modules are optional. Currently available UCL Mathematics options are described on the departmental website: www.ucl.ac.uk/maths/courses/undergraduates
You will select: 1.5 credits of third-year mathematics optional modules; a further 1.5 credits of third-year mathematics optional modules or suitable third-year physics optional modules
1.0 credit of third-year mathematics optional modules or suitable third-year physics optional modules or approved modules from another department.
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.
Most modules are assessed by two-hour written examinations in the third term, with a small element (10%) of coursework assessment.
Detailed module descriptions are available on the department website: Mathematics with Mathematical Physics BSc.
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.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 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 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2021/22)
- Overseas students
- £28,500 (2021/22)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
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).
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.
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