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Overview

Our Mathematics MSci will give you the basis you need in advanced mathematics. In your fourth year you will conduct a large-scale research project, pursuing your own academic interests and refining the skills of advanced academic research. This programme leads to careers where mathematics is used technically, including industrial and academic research and finance.

You may change to the Mathematics MSci With a Year Abroad pathway and spend your third year studying abroad before returning to complete a final year with us. This depends on you reaching a certain grade average and being accepted by a partner university.

  • Our central location gives you easy access to major libraries and many leading societies, including the London Mathematical Society.
  • Leading centre of research, with 87 per cent of the Department’s research classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Wide choice of modules taught by renowned experts.
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment.
  • Improve your career prospects – our graduates are highly sought after both nationally and internationally in a wide range of professions.

Key information

UCAS code G103

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

DepartmentDepartment of Mathematics

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Course detail

Description

We have been teaching mathematics since King’s opened, and the first Professor of Mathematics was appointed in 1830. Since then we have accomplished many things in central areas of pure mathematics and applied mathematics.

This MSci programme contains modules in all branches of mathematics. In pure mathematics, we offer modules in algebra and analysis and also (a particular feature of our programme) in geometry. On the applied side, we offer modules in applicable mathematics and mathematical methods, and also in dynamical systems and probability and statistics, as well as the algebra of symmetry. During your first year you will follow a set course of modules, but in your later years you will have more freedom to choose modules and tailor your degree to suit your interests. The MSci covers more ground than the BSc programme, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject, and, in addition, requires you to undertake a substantial project in your fourth year to develop the skills you will need for further research or the world of work.

Teaching

We will teach you through lectures, supported by tutorials and problem classes. We expect you to actively tackle mathematical problems, and will provide expert support should you encounter any challenges.

Assessment

We will primarily assess you through written examins and occasionally through class tests, essays, assessment reports and oral presentations, depending on the modules you choose.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Structure

Year 1

Currently, students study the following modules shown below. King's reviews its modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the department for further advice.

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.
Required Modules
  • Calculus I (15 credits)
  • Linear Methods (15 credits)
  • Numbers and Functions (15 credits)
  • Geometry I (15 credits)
  • Calculus II (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Dynamical Systems (15 credits)
  • Probability and Statistics I (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules in year 1.

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Partial Differential Equations and Complex Variables (15 credits)
  • Analysis I (15 credits)                     
  • Linear Algebra (15 credits)            
  • Intermediate Dynamics (15 credits)                                                                     
  • Geometry of Surfaces (15 credits)
  • Groups and Symmetries (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules

 Students then choose two modules from a list of options that typically include: 

  • Introduction to Number Theory (15 credits)
  • Probability and Statistics II (15 credits)                                                               
  • Discrete Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Linear Models and Regression Analysis (15 credits) 

You may have the option of changing to the Mathematics with a year abroad MSci pathway to take an additional year abroad between either the second and third year of the MSci or the third and final year of the MSci. This will depend on you reaching a certain grade average and being accepted by a partner university.

Year 3

Required Modules
Choose at least four modules from the following list:
  • Real Analysis II (15 credits)
  • Complex Analysis (15 credits)      
  • Topology (15 credits)          
  • Special Relativity and Electromagnetism (15 credits)  
  • Introductory Quantum Theory (15 credits)
  • Rings and Modules (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Finance I: Discrete Time (15 credits)
  • Fourier Analysis (15 credits)         
  • Galois Theory (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Finance II: Continuous Time (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Students choose enough modules to bring your total number of credits to 120 for the year from a wide range of options, which typically include: 

  • Mathematical Theory of Collective Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Numerical and Computational Methods (15 credits)
  • Theory of Complex Networks (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Number Theory  (15 credits)
  • Probability and Statistics II (15 credits)
  • Discrete Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Mathematics Education and Communication (15 credits)
  • Space-Time Geometry and General Relativity (15 credits)
  • Third Year Project (15 credits)
  • Representation Theory of Finite Groups (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Biology (15 credits)
  • Linear Models and Regression Analysis (15 credits)

Year 4

Required Modules
  • MSci project (30 credits)
Optional Modules

Students choose enough modules to bring your total number of credits to 120 for the year from a wide range of options, which typically include: 

  • Real Analysis II (15 credits)
  • Complex Analysis (15 credits)
  • Topology (15 credits)
  • Rings and Modules (15 credits)
  • Lie Groups and Lie Algebras (15 credits)
  • Metric and Banach Spaces (15 credits)
  • Manifolds (15 credits)
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (15 credits)
  • Quantum Field Theory (15 credits)
  • Probability Theory(15 credits)
  • Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems (15 credits)
  • Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems (15 credits)
  • Elements of Statistical Learning (15 credits)
  • Galois Theory (15 credits)
  • Space Time Geometry and General Relativity (15 credits)
  • Representation Theory of Finite Groups(15 credits)
  • Algebraic Number Theory (15 credits)
  • Operator Theory (15 credits)
  • Fourier Analysis (15 credits)
  • Algebraic Geometry (15 credits)
  • Nonlinear Analysis (15 credits)
  • String Theory and Branes (15 credits)
  • Advanced General Relativity (15 credits)
  • Supersymmetry (15 credits)

 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades:

A*AA

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 766

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades:

D2 D3 D3

Required grades:

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Required grades:

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Required grades:

88% overall

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A-levels: A*AA including grade A* in Mathematics and grade A in Further Mathematics. We will accept Further Mathematics AS-level grade A only if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Maths/Maths & Computing (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Your syllabus must contain pure mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D2 D3 D3 including grade D2 in Mathematics and grade D3 Further Mathematics (full course).

We will only accept the one year Short Course in Further Mathematics if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics. We consider combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with 11 Distinctions, in addition to grade A* in A-level Mathematics and grade A in AS-level Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics will be accepted at AS-level grade A only if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DD with eight Distinctions, in addition to grade A* in A-level Mathematics and grade A in AS level Further Mathematics. We will only accept Further Mathematics AS-level grade A if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades A*A including grade A* in Mathematics and grade A in Further Mathematics. We will accept Further Mathematics at AS-level grade A only if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics.

Note: Applicants offering Further Mathematics at AS-level will still need to meet the minimum grade requirements.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAA at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher including grade A in Advanced Higher Maths (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 766 including HL7 in Mathematics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Non-academic requirements

Scholastic activities (Very Desirable):

The following are not required for entry, but you may find these useful further preparation for this degree: 

We will take your performance in STEP or AEA into account if you narrowly fail to meet your A-level offer.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

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Career prospects

A degree in mathematics is one of the most flexible qualifications you can obtain, and as a result our graduates are among the best paid and the least likely to be unemployed. Many mathematics graduates become statisticians, actuaries, scientists, accountants, and so on. More and more often they are also going into careers in life sciences or the City. There is also considerable demand for graduates of mathematics in the teaching profession.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

• Actuarial Analyst, Deloitte

• Graduates in the fashion industry, Lyle & Scott

• Teacher, Harris Academy

• Accounting Associate, Ernst & Young

• Financial Analyst, GE Healthcare

• Mathematical Developer, Oakham

• Audit Assistant, KPMG

• Finance Assistant, Eden Finance

• Management Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers

• Project Assistant, HSBC

• Qualify Management Technician, Pacific Life Insurance

• Systems Analyst, QBE

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