The University of Southampton
Mathematical Sciences

G103 MMath Mathematics (4 years)

Mathematics graduates who are who are used to abstract, analytical and structured thinking and have a high level of competence in problem-solving skills are in considerable demand in a wide variety of areas of employment. This four year degree programme is specifically designed for students who wish to be professional mathematicians in industry or academia. It will enable you to study mathematics in considerable depth.

Introducing your degree

Working with world-class researchers, this 4-year programme will take you to the cutting edge of knowledge in Pure or Applied Mathematics or Statistics, pushing you much further than the traditional 3-year course. You will develop your skills in analytical, abstract and structured thinking in a programme that covers the full range of mathematics from modern cryptography to the modelling of black holes.
 With a structured foundation of algebra, calculus, number theory, statistics and mathematical modelling you will acquire skills and knowledge in an exceptionally broad range of topics in the mathematical sciences. In the fourth year, you will have the opportunity to study advanced concepts such as group theory, general relativity and survival analysis that are otherwise studied at MSc level.

Southampton graduates from this programme are highly sought after by employers in finance, commerce, industry, and education, and are particularly well placed to follow careers in research.


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This four-year programme will enable you to develop these skills, and your mathematical knowledge, beyond the normal range of a three-year degree, by allowing you to choose topics in pure or applied mathematics to study in some depth. This is a programme with 32 courses to be taken. At least 6 MATH level 3 courses must be taken in year 3 and 8 MATH level 4 courses taken in year 4. In order to be permitted to proceed on the MMath in the fourth year, you are expected to have a provisional Upper Second or higher degree classification at the end of year 3. Transfer to this programme is possible from a number of Mathematics programmes in the first year (from BSc Mathematics often even as late as the third year). Transfer from this programme to BSc Mathematics (Single Honours) is normally possible until the end of the third year.

For those with an interest in Statistics, there is an optional stream within this programme that will allow you to specialise in Statistics. This stream has slightly different requirements in terms of compulsory modules.

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To Apply

All applications for full-time study should be made through UCAS -

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Key Facts

  • 100% of our research is world-leading or internationally-excellent (REF, 2014)
  • Ranked 4th in the Russell Group for student:staff ratio
  • One of the largest mathematics departments in the UK
  • Wide range of degrees, with flexibility to transfer between programme
  • Large international cohort

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-levelIn terms of A-level grades our standard offer is A*AA or equivalent including grade A in A-level Mathematics or; AAAA or equivalent including grade A in Mathematics or; AAA or equivalent including grade A in Mathematics with additional qualifications such as STEP/MAT/TMUA/A grade in EPQ. For more details of the STEP papers see the Admissions Testing Service Website. We accept any of the three STEP papers.
International Baccalaureate37 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in higher level mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U

Our normal requirements are for D3D3D3 in the three principle subjects including Mathematics.

In addition we welcome applications from candidates offering other suitable qualifications with an appropriate mathematical content.

English Language Requirement

All applicants must have GCSE Grade C or above in English language. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Use of Contextual Data

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students identified in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.

Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Applicants are selected on the quality of their application. Applicants with a strong academic background and a clear commitment to Mathematics will be considered for an offer based on the quality of their UCAS application.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The first three years of the course are similar to the BSc Mathematics programme, but in the fourth year you will have a much more prominent part in the direction of your studies and it will involve studying challenging Masters level mathematics. You will undertake an individually supervised project on a topic, which you can choose, and several of the lecture courses involve directed self-study and reading involving such topics as hyperbolic geometry, differential geometry, asymptotics and continuum mechanics. The final year as a whole will equip you with many of the skills you need in a career as a professional mathematician.

This page gives a brief outline of the structure of the programme. For more details and regulations pertaining to this degree programme see the programme specification link on the Programme Details Tab.

Year 2

As well as the compulsory modules listed below, students are required to take ONE MODULE from Stochastic Processes and Algorithms together with the Applied Mathematics pair (Introduction to Applied Mathematics and Applications of Vector Calculus) or the Statistics pair (Statistical Distribution Theory and Statistical Methods I).

For those who wish to pursue the Statistics stream in this programme, the Statistical Methods I of the Statistics pair becomes core and Statistical Distribution Theory of the statistics pair becomes compulsory

Year 3

For those who wish to pursue the Statistics stream within this programme the following modules are also compulsory

Statistical Inference

Design and Analysis of Experiments

Statistical Methods II

As well as these compulsory modules, students in the Statistics stream are required to take THREE other modules.

Communicating and Researching Mathematics
Galois Theory
Relativity, Blackholes and Cosmology
Actuarial Mathematics I
Communicating and Teaching Mathematics
Mathematical Biology
Algebraic Topology
Integral Transform Methods

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Year 4

For those who wish to pursue the Statistics stream within this programme the following modules are compulsory instead of Differential Geometry and Lie Groups and Modules and Representations

Design of Experiments

Topics in Statistics

MMath Project
Differential Geometry and Lie Groups
Modules and Representations
Intro To Semigroup Theory
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Methods
Gravitational Waves
Homotopy and Homology

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
MMath Mathematics2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

EquipmentApproved Calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Software Licences: The software required for the programme is available on all public workstations on campus, and accessible from your own computer via VPN.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: For students undertaking modules with a high mathematical content, some assessed work will be submitted in handwritten hard copy format. Students are advised that they will need to bear the costs of the required stationery.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture. We explain the degree skills which are taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules.

We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment by adding transferrable skills into learning and teaching.

Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in roles ranging from actuaries and statisticians to crime analysts and medical researchers.

Learning & Assessment

The Department uses a wide variety of modern learning and teaching methods involving small group tutorial work and computer based learning that builds on what you learn in lectures. Assessment is varied enabling you to demonstrate your strengths and show what you have learnt. Students are provided with a copy of the computer algebra package MAPLE that they can use on their own personal computers to assist their studies.

The University provides a wide range of modern services for learning and support, including a well-stocked modern library, a large number of computer workstations giving ready access to the internet, a Careers Service, a Job Shop and a Students Advice and Information Centre.

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Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study33%33%25%16%
Independent study67%67%75%84%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment69%80%65%30%
Practical exam assessment0%0%0%0%
Coursework assessment31%20%35%70%

Study Locations

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