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The School of Mathematics & Statistics offers a number of different Honours degree programmes. 

The information on this page is intended as a brief supplement to the contents of the Course Catalogue. It does not replace the Course Catalogue, which remains the definitive source of information as to which modules are required for each programme.

BSc/MA degrees (single and joint Honours) and other joint Honours programmes

The requirements for single Honours degrees in Mathematics or in Statistics is not affected by whether a student is following a BSc or MA degree.

Module Choice at Second Year

The modules selected by a student at 2000-level informs the nature of their Honours degree programme, since the 2000-level modules are pre-requisites for 3000-level modules (and both directly and indirectly for our 4000- and 5000- level modules). 

All students must select MT2501 (Linear Mathematics), which is available in both Semester 1 and Semester 2.  In addition students must select at least 45 additional credits from MT2502-MT2508. Planning a suitable combination is essential for ensuring a valid Honours pathway that matches student interest.  Taking more than 60 MT credits at 2000-level broadens future choice.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics strongly recommends that students select from one of the following routes:

  • MT2501, MT2502, MT2503, MT2505 (leading to Pure Maths options)*
  • MT2501, MT2502, MT2504, MT2505 (leading to Pure Maths options)
  • MT2501, MT2503, MT2504, MT2505 (leading to options in Algebra and in Combinatorics)
  • MT2501, MT2502, MT2503, MT2504 (leading to options in Analysis and in Combinatorics)
  • MT2501, MT2503, MT2506, MT2507 (leading to Applied Maths options)*
  • MT2501, MT2502, MT2503, MT2506 (leading to options in Applied Maths and in Analysis)
  • MT2501, MT2503, MT2505, MT2506 (leading to options in Applied Maths and in Algebra)
  • MT2501, MT2503, MT2504, MT2506 (leading to options in Applied Maths and in Combinatorics)
  • MT2501, MT2503, MT2504, MT2508 (leading to Statistics options)
  • MT2501, MT2502, MT2504, MT2508 (leading to Statistics with options in Analysis)
  • MT2501, MT2504, MT2505, MT2508 (leading to Statistics with options in Algebra)

Not all routes are valid for every degree. In particular degrees in Statistics permit only one of the final three routes and degrees jointly with Physics and Astronomy permit only the primary Pure and Applied routes (those marked * above).  The Course Catalogue should be always consulted to ensure that a valid choice is selected.

Two further module combinations are possible on the Applied Maths pathway. These can be selected by students interested in applied mathematics but for whom timetable restrictions prevent a choice of MT2506:

  • MT2501, MT2502, MT2503, MT2507 (alternative route leading to options in Applied Maths and in Analysis)
  • MT2501, MT2503, MT2505, MT2507 (alternative route leading to options in Applied Maths and in Algebra)

The only remaining combination (MT2501, MT2503, MT2504, MT2507) is not well suited to Honours progression and should be avoided.

Students on BSc/MA Mathematics or BSc/MA Statistics single Honours degrees are permitted to "dip-down" for a maximum of 30 credits in their Junior Honours (third) year.  This is typically only approved when it is used for widening option choices or for career-related reasons.

Advanced Standing Credit

Students entering directly at second year of degree programmes in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, or taking the Fast Track degree, can refer to the main University policy, which details how it awards and withdraws Advanced Standing Credit for these degees.

MMath Honours degree programmes

The MMath Honours degree is a 600-credit programme completed over five years in which the final three years consitute the Honours programme.

There are two ways to complete this degree programme in four years:

  • Direct 2000-level entry: Students entering with, for example, Advanced Higher Mathematics or A-level Further Mathematics may receive 120 advanced standing credits (due to suitable qualifications on entry), take 2000-level modules in their first-year and then spend the remaining three years completing their Honours programme.
  • Fast Track: Students entering with, for example, A-level Mathematics may receive 90 advanced standing credits, take a mixture of 1000-level and 2000-level modules in their first year and then spend the remaining three years completing their Honours programme where they also catch up on the missing 2000-level modules and missing 30 credits.

Students on the MMath programme take all eight 2000-level modules (MT2501-MT2508) so as to give a broad education in Mathematics, so that they can make informed decisions when choosing options during their Honours programme.