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University of Southampton: Discover broad, in-depth, and flexible mathematical sciences programmes

Few subjects offer the kind of intellectual adventure that mathematics does. However, when it comes to choosing a mathematics programme, students are often faced with the challenge of finding the right balance between breadth, depth, and flexibility. The School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton — a top 100 university (QS World University Rankings 2024) — is an example of how these aspects can co-exist to transform students into graduates valued by many different employers.

“Our programmes are strengthened by our commitment to student support and care, making Southampton a very attractive place to study,” says Professor Jacek Brodzki, Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences.

At the school ranked in the world’s top 40 and seventh in the UK for statistics and operational research, all programmes draw from the latest research and are taught by leading academics. They offer a challenge that ensures that students build a strong foundation in core subjects, coupled with opportunities to pursue optional modules.

Here, you’ll have an extensive selection of degrees to choose from, such as BSc Mathematics, MMath Mathematics, BSc Mathematics with Actuarial Science, BSc Mathematics with Finance, BSc Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics, BSc Mathematics with Statistics, and BSc Mathematics with Computer Science. You can explore different types of mathematics before specialising. Each programme has built-in flexibility so that you can adjust your path as your studies progress.

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All third-year students undertake a year-long project that is designed to offer them maximum flexibility in pursuing their interests in mathematics. Source: University of Southampton

The BSc Mathematics programme takes you on a journey from modern cryptography to the intricacies of black holes and complex financial problems. You can cultivate abstract and structured thinking skills by engaging with mathematics, statistics, and operational research. Whether you want to work in finance, industry, or scientific exploration, many options will be open to you upon completing this degree. With access to computational packages like Python and R, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle real-world challenges through a combination of lectures and workshops led by leading researchers.

The MMath Mathematics degree, an integrated Master’s programme, dives deep into both pure and applied mathematics. You will study topics at the cutting edge of mathematical research, and you will graduate with an in-depth insight and expert-level technical skills that are sought after by employers in finance, commerce, industry and research.

For those with a keen eye on the intersection of mathematics and finance, the BSc Mathematics with Actuarial Science degree beckons. This programme provides the technical foundation required to navigate the uncertainties of future events, creating models and simulations that are vital in finance and insurance. It is accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, which lets you get exemptions to actuarial qualification exams in six core subjects.

The MMORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, and Economics) programme is ideal for those who thrive on solving real-world problems in business and industry. You’ll learn a broad range of knowledge from several fields. Along the way, you’ll hone analytical and quantitative skills, getting you ready for diverse job opportunities.

The School’s commitment to excellence and student support is further exemplified by the wide-range of study materials developed by its members to provide the most up-to-date and relevant information for their programmes. Bespoke lecture notes are augmented by recorded videos of lectures, problem classes, and tutorial sessions to guide the students in their study and revision.

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A dedicated student centre provides support, daily drop-ins for pastoral and academic help, and a space for individual and collaborative studying. Source: University of Southampton

From the domains of theoretical mathematics to the practical applications found in fields like finance, business, computer science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, the school covers a vast expanse of mathematical landscapes. With so much to explore, you can feed any curiosity you have while building a multidisciplinary toolkit.

Every student is unique with distinct interests and aspirations. Southampton understands this, which is why it champions this individuality by offering tailored pathways. You can create your own academic journey with the support of a dedicated team of mentors and advisors to help you make informed decisions.

The Mathematics Department at Southampton stands firm in its commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I). The prestigious Athena SWAN Silver certificate, proudly displayed by the School, is a testament to its dedication to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes students from all walks of life.

It’s not just about numbers and equations here; it’s about creating a community where every voice matters. At its vibrant student centre, you’ll find students engaging directly with lecturers as well as support sessions, careers events, skills training workshops (for coding and data science, etc) and social events.

Click here to learn more about Mathematical Sciences at Southampton.

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