Mathematics BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

4 years full-time inc. placement
3 years full-time

UCAS Code

C372

About the course

A degree in Mathematics opens the door to a wide range of interesting and exciting careers. Mathematicians’ ability to reason logically, to develop quantitative models and to extract information from data means their skillset is valued everywhere. Mathematicians are needed in the aerospace, social media, pharmaceutical, finance and electronics industries - to name just a few of the sectors eager to employ mathematically qualified graduates.

The Huddersfield BSc focuses on the mathematics you’ll need to solve real world problems using mathematical modelling, statistics and computing. We look at calculus from the basics and underlying theory all the way through to the partial differential equations used to model flowing water and financial instruments. Statistics is covered from basic probability to the frontiers of Big Data. We also include a healthy dose of numerical computing so you are able to use mathematical software and write programs making use of the techniques you’ve learned.

As well as the technical skills needed, we also offer modules where you work in groups to solve real world problems. This allows you to develop experience in project management and teamwork skills. More importantly it introduces you to the creative side of mathematics, developing new models and new techniques and explaining what you’ve done to a non-technical audience.

After your second year you’ll have the opportunity to take a placement year, putting into practice the techniques you’ve learnt. Our dedicated Placement Unit have links with companies in the UK, Europe and beyond.

As with many academics I love the “aha” moment when a student gets a concept. I also enjoy it when students are learning a new mathematical technique and ask me what they will ever use it for: that’s a great excuse to talk about some of the work I’ve done with industry and explain how differential equations can be used to model coffee brewing, or how integrals can be used to describe the molding of contact lenses.

Prof William Lee

Prof William Lee, Industrial Mathematics

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Modelling and Problem Solving

This module introduces you to mathematical modelling in its broadest context. Working in groups you will learn to formulate mathematical models to address real world challenges, analyse those models, develop actionable recommendations from their analysis and present their work to peers and in a form accessible to non-specialist problem stakeholders. Relevant mathematical tools and techniques will be introduced as needed for the specific problems.

Calculus

This module introduces the differential and integral calculus which form the basis of much of the subsequent mathematical topics. The main aims of the module are: To introduce the concept of a derivative To show how to derive derivatives by first principles and by the application of rules such as the product, quotient and chain rules. To introduce integration and its applications. Generalise the notion of a derivative to functions of multiple variables. To introduce first order differential equations and methods for solving them To introduce second order differential equations with constant coefficients.

Mathematical Programming

The aim of this module is to introduce you to programming in general and to mathematical programming specifically. You will be introduced to the concept of object-oriented programming though the development of classes in an appropriate OO language such as Java or Python. You will develop an understanding of basic programming concepts and structures such as loops, conditional statement, iteration, functions, variables, scope etc. You will then go on to develop an understanding of specific mathematical software tools such as Matlab and Excel. In these languages you will investigate problems taken from numerical methods taught in lectures and will develop skills for implementing mathematical algorithms in software.

Applied Mathematics

This module introduces you to the mechanics and the modelling of systems by sets of difference or differential equations. The main aims of this module are: To introduce the idea of modelling a system as a set of quantities evolving in time according to a set of ordinary differential equations. To provide an example of building a subject up from basic assumptions (e.g. Newton’s laws of motion) to theorems (e.g. conservation of linear momentum) to applications (e.g. analysing collisions). To introduce Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics. To learn how to formulate a set of differential (or difference) equations describing a mechanical system and generalise to other types of systems (e.g. population growth or predator-prey systems). To demonstrate that even when a dynamical system cannot be solved exactly it is still possible to gain insights into its dynamics by analysis, e.g. by identifying and considering the stability of fixed points.

Linear Algebra

This module introduces fundamental concepts in linear algebra. This module will develop a grounding in vector spaces. It will provide a thorough grounding in matrix theory, including properties of matrices (determinant, rank, inverse etc.) and their use in solving systems of linear equations, including existence, ill-conditioning, linear dependence, orthogonality, QR factorisation, Cholesky factorisation, LU factorisation and other solution methods. The student will be introduced to the concepts of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, determining eigen-solutions using both deterministic and numerical methods (scaled power method), Rayleigh quotient etc.

Probability Theory and Statistical Analysis

The module is designed to give you an introduction to the mathematical foundations and the use of statistical methods and methodologies. A variety of real-life problems (involving the analysis of data and interpretation of results) will be used to develop the students’ ability to select and use relevant statistical methods and methodologies. Assessment is by examination and coursework. This module gives you a grounding in probability theory and statistical modelling and analysis. It will develop an understanding of probability spaces, conditional probabilities, Bayes theorem, discrete and continuous random variables, statistical distributions, independence, density and mass functions, variance, standard deviation, expectation, statistical sampling and sampling distributions, - chi squared, t-tests. This module will develop both the theory and application of statistical methods through a range of real problems focusing particularly on the analysis of data and interpretation of results.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and 30% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions etc. The emphasis is on the development of sound practical skills, alongside an understanding of theory.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including coursework, log books, presentations and demonstrations, as well as formal examinations. There are opportunities for group working, in addition to individual assessments.

We have a varied and experienced teaching staff including internationally recognised researchers as well as staff with many years of industrial experience. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

Open Days


At Huddersfield we’re passionate about maths. Learn about how our courses are designed to combine industry knowledge and academic theory to support you in graduating ready for work or further study. Come along to one of our Open Days to find out more.

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. This opportunity helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


As a graduate of this course, you may consider employment in a wide range of sectors including the aerospace, energy, social media, environmental, pharmaceutical, finance and electronics industries. You could consider roles such as chartered accountant, data analyst, software engineer and research scientist, to name a few.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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