Mathematics with Mathematical Physics MSci
London, Bloomsbury
This MSci offers an additional year of study on top of the Mathematics with Mathematical Physics BSc, during which students have the opportunity to specialise further by taking more advanced modules, and undertaking a major project.
Study mode
Duration
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme starts
September 2023Application deadline
25 Jan 2023UCAS course code
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, in 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, in 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 in 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 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 PreU Principal Subjects, including D2 in Mathematics and D3 in Physics. Or D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge PreU 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
Countryspecific 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 oneyear 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 12year 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

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 year and a half of the MSci you will receive a thorough grounding in pure mathematics and mathematical methods following the same modules as the singlesubject 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/fourth years, supplemented by physics modules given by UCL Physics & Astronomy. The fourth year will include a major project, involving a substantial piece of written work and a presentation.
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 threeyear BSc or a fouryear 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
A wide range of applied mathematics/mathematical physics modules are offered by the department, reflecting the research interests of current staff.
The MSci allows for additional indepth study, providing the skills necessary for academic research in mathematics or into employment where mathematics is directly involved.
Internationally renowned (6th in the UK, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: Mathematics)(6th in the UK, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Mathematics), UCL Mathematics is home to worldleading 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 30credit 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 with Mathematical 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.

The first year modules are all compulsory, studying the core ideas of modern mathematics (analysis, algebra, mathematical methods and mathematical modelling) 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.
The first half of the second year continues in this format, with the possibility of including a module in Quantum Physics. Then, with fundamental knowledge established, you will have a choice of options continuing and deepening these themes, but also including topics such as Probability and Statistics, Number Theory and Mathematical Physics. You will also have the opportunity to choose a wide range of options outside the Department of Mathematics, including, for example a language, management or economics (subject to avaibility). 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 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, algebra and number theory, combinatorics, fluid mechanics, mathematical physics, financial mathematics and mathematical biology, mathematical education, history of mathematics. You will also have the opportunity to study further Physics and Statistics modules. Again options outside the Department of Mathematics may be available.
In the fourth year, you will study higherlevel modules largely related to the research interests of staff. There is also a substantial independent project, which accounts for 25% of the assessment for year 4.
Optional modules
Your learning
Teaching is mainly carried out through lectures and smallgroup 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 onetoone basis to review parts of the degree you find interesting or that need clarifying. A Student Mentor scheme runs in the department offering support and advice to firstyears.
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 1520 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, problemsolving 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, problemsolving 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
Fee description  Fulltime 

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/prospectivestudents/undergraduate/fundingyourstudies.
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 nonrepayable 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.
The department is supportive of the Year in Industry Scheme which involves deferring entry for a year to gain valuable work experience.