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Mathematics MSci

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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 course leads to careers where mathematics is used technically, including industrial and academic research and finance.

You may have the opportunity to transfer to the five year Mathematics with a Year Abroad MSci pathway where you will spend your third or fourth year abroad at a partner institution before returning to King’s to complete your studies.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Mathematics with Qualified teaching Status (QTS)

All Mathematics MSci students are eligible to apply to transfer* onto the Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) pathway from their second year of the MSci. This pathway will instil in students the method and practice of teaching and will see students taking part in teaching placements in primary and secondary schools which will allow them to embark on teaching careers upon graduation. 75% of the course will be Mathematics content taught within the Mathematics department whilst the remaining 25% will be teaching skills taught by the School of Education, Communication and Society. Find out more about this pathway here.

*Students can only apply to tranfer to the Year Abroad or Qualified Teaching Status. The two courses cannot be taken together. 

  • Central location puts you at the heart of the business and financial world, and close to major libraries and many leading societies, including the London Mathematical Society.
  • Leading centre of research, with 87 per cent of research in the Department of Mathematics and 82 per cent of research in the King’s Business School classed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).
  • Wide choice of modules taught by renowned experts.
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment.
  • Research-led curriculum encourages you to critically analyse and debate a wide range of contemporary management issues.
  • Our graduates are highly employable, entering into careers that include banking, consultancy, accountancy, marketing, advertising and management.

 

 

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

Department Department of Mathematics

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Course detail

Description

We have been teaching mathematics at King’s throughout our history, 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 course contains modules in all branches of mathematics. In pure mathematics, we offer modules in algebra and analysis and also (a particular feature of our course) 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 course, 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

You are expected spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, independent study, coursework and preparation for examinations.

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this degree is written examination. You may also be assessed by essays, practical examination, oral presentation, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. In each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Calculus I (15 credits)
  • Linear Algebra & Geometry I (15 credits)
  • Sequences & Series (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Algebra (15 credits)
  • Calculus II (15 credits)
  • Linear Algebra & Geometry II (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Dynamical Systems (15 credits)
  • Probability & Statistics I (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In your first year there are no optional modules.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Real Analysis (15 credits)
  • Classical Dynamics (15 credits)
  • Groups & Symmetries (15 credits)
  • Applied Differential Equations (15 credits)
  • Complex Analysis (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take three options from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Introduction to Number Theory (15 credits)
  • Probability & Statistics II (15 credits)
  • Geometry of Surfaces (15 credits)
  • Statistical Modelling (15 credits)
  • Discrete Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Metric Spaces & Topology (15 credits)

 

You may have the option of transferring to the MSci Mathematics with a Year Abroad pathway to spend a year abroad between your second and third year at King’s, or between your third and final year at King’s. This will depend on you reaching a certain grade average and being accepted by a partner university. Our partner institutions currently include:

  • Hong Kong University
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of California
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • University of Chicago
  • McGill University

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take at least four modules from the following:

  • Topology (15 credits)
  • Special Relativity & Electromagnetism (15 credits)
  • Introductory Quantum Theory (15 credits)
  • Rings & 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

Take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Mathematical Theory of Collective Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Metric Spaces and Topology (15 credits)
  • Numerical & Computational Methods (15 credits)
  • Theory of Complex Networks (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Number Theory (15 credits)
  • Probability & Statistics II (15 credits)
  • Discrete Mathematics (15 credits)
  • University Ambassador Scheme (15 credits)
  • Space-Time Geometry & General Relativity (15 credits)
  • Third Year Project (15 credits)
  • Representation Theory of Finite Groups (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Biology (15 credits)
  • Statistical Modelling (15 credits)
  • Time Series Analysis (15 credits)Statistical Inference (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Probability (15 credits)

If you have transferred to the MSci Mathematics with a year abroad pathway and are spending your third year studying abroad you will be taking the above modules in Year 4 when you return to Kings.

Year 4

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • MSci project (30 credits)
Optional Modules

Take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 120, from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Topology (15 credits)
  • Rings & Modules (15 credits)
  • Lie Groups & Lie Algebras (15 credits)
  • Metric & 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 & 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 & Branes (15 credits)
  • Advanced General Relativity (15 credits)
  • Supersymmetry (15 credits)

The following specialised award titles are available for students, subject to the combination of modules and topic of project taken in the final year:

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Complex Systems
  • Geometry
  • Theoretical Physics

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

A*AA

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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) 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

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

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

Entry Requirements
A-Level A*AA

Must include at 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.

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. 

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

D: 39 credits

M: 6 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Maths/Maths & Computing Diploma (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction. Your syllabus must contain pure mathematics. Additionally, you may be asked to obtain either 3 in any two STEP papers or a Distinction in AEA Mathematics, if you do not have A-level equivalent study in Mathematics and/or Further Mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U  D2 D3 D3

Must include grade D2 in Mathematics and grade D3 in 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).

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D2 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

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 in Highers

and

AA in Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 766 in three Higher Level subjects, and including grade 7 in Higher Level Mathematics. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band E Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language 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 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

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.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, King's will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.                                                                                                                                                                                            

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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

Financial help and support

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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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