Mathematics, School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences - City University London Undergraduate Open Day 29th June 2013


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Presentation about undergraduate Mathematics courses at City University London. Presentation was given as part of the programme of the City University London Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 29th June 2013.

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Mathematics, School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences - City University London Undergraduate Open Day 29th June 2013

  1. 1. Academic excellence for business and the professions Mathematics at City University London
  2. 2. Dr Lara Silvers Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Admissions Tutor for Mathematical Science Prof. Mark Broom Professor of Mathematics June 2013
  3. 3. Abrar Ali Just completed 2nd year student BSc Mathematical Science Karan Pattni Just completed 4th year student MMath Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics Student Ambassadors
  4. 4. A Brief History • 1894 Northampton Institute was founded • 1925 Creation of the Department of Physics and Mathematics. • 1931 Formation of a separate Department of Mathematics. • 1966 City University was created.
  5. 5. City Today 5th largest higher education institution within central London. City has more than 21,000 students including undergraduate and postgraduate. International focus. Students from over 160 countries and academic staff from 50 countries. Produces some of the most sought after graduates. We have also been ranked as in the top ten in the UK for graduate level jobs (The Sunday Times University Guide 2013) and starting salaries (Which? University). Mathematics is ranked 34 out of 66 (Guardian Subject league table 2014).
  6. 6. City Today • Award-winning Student Services. City University London has recently won the prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership & Management award for Outstanding Student Services
  7. 7. University Structure: Schools •School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (SEMS) •Cass Business School •School of Informatics •School of Social Sciences •School of Arts •School of Health Sciences •The City Law School
  8. 8. Mathematics at City Mathematics at City is taught in the Department of Mathematical Science, which is based within SEMS. We recruit approximately 140 students per year onto a variety of different courses. Many of our students study Mathematics in combination with another subject, such as Finance, Economics, Computing or Statistics.
  9. 9. Why study Mathematics Mathematics-based degrees provide students with skills which are fundamental in many fields of academic, industrial and entrepreneurial activity and highly valued by employers. All City Mathematics graduates Receive training in advanced mathematical techniques. Develop problem solving skills. Learn to think abstractly and logically. Are taught how to recast problems in a variety of fields in mathematical language. Are given opportunities to work in a group and to develop oral presentation skills.
  10. 10. Distinctive features of our courses • Students are encouraged to apply for placements. • They receive extensive careers support targeted at identifying job opportunities for Mathematicians and applying for jobs. • The courses at City adopt a modern approach, relevant to future careers or further study. • Have a good record in preparing students for finding employment after completing their studies.
  11. 11. Distinctive features of our courses All specialist modules are taught by experts in the relevant discipline. Our courses involve modules from: • Cass Business School • School of Social Sciences (Economics Department) • School of Informatics Many of these modules are taken with students specializing in the particular subject in question, such as Economics, Actuarial Science, Banking, or Computer Science.
  12. 12. Our Courses We offer five Mathematics based courses: • BSc/MMath Mathematical Science • BSc/MMath Mathematics and Finance • BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics • BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with Statistics • BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with Computer Science BSc and MMath degrees have a common entry. To enter the MMath you must obtain a 60% average at the end of the second year of the degree.
  13. 13. BSc/MMath Mathematical Science The principal aim of this course is to introduce students to a variety of different aspects of Mathematics. City’s courses have a particular focus on applied Mathematics, although students are also introduced to several aspects of pure Mathematics throughout the degree.
  14. 14. BSc/MMath Mathematics and Finance • The mathematical focus is as for Mathematical Science, but the Finance aspects focus on the particular area of Finance that is used in the actuarial profession. • There is a greater proportion of Finance (and a smaller proportion of Mathematics) than in any of the other degree programmes. • This course concentrates on the aspects of Finance relating to Actuarial Science, while still providing a core body of Mathematics. • This is taught in collaboration with Cass Business School and the School of Social Sciences.
  15. 15. BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics • This course introduces students to the core concepts of Mathematical Science together with a range of topics from Finance and from Economics. • The mathematical focus is the same as for Mathematical Science, while the Finance and Economics options are designed to introduce students to a wide range of areas across the different parts of modern business. • All of the Finance and Economics modules are delivered by Cass Business School or the Economics Department.
  16. 16. BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with Statistics • This course has much in common with the BSc Mathematical Science, the main difference being a greater emphasis on Statistics. • The mathematical focus is as for Mathematical Science, while the Statistics component covers a range of topics in Modern Statistics, with a particular focus on applied topics in Business and Finance. • Statistics modules are delivered by Cass Business School.
  17. 17. BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with Computer Science • The mathematical focus for this course is as for Mathematical Science, while the Computer Science component covers a range of topics in modern computing. • Computing modules are taught by the School of Informatics.
  18. 18. Course structure • Like most Universities today, City employs a credit-based system. • This gives more flexibility to the study programmes. • Each degree program is organized into modules and each module has a number of credits associated with it. • Each of our courses has compulsory and optional modules.
  19. 19. Course structure • The first year of all courses consists of core modules providing firm foundations for each degree program. • In the second year some options become available, with the third/fourth year consisting predominantly of optional modules. • MMath students will study some special topics, fourth year, modules in their degree.
  20. 20. Module assessment • For most modules, assessment is based both on marked assignments (mostly two) which are carried out as the module is taught (coursework) and a final exam. • Usually, coursework contributes 20% to the final mark and exam contributes 80%. • A minimum mark of 40% for each part (coursework and exam) is required to pass a module.
  21. 21. Module structure • All modules in our courses are either 15 or 30 credits. • 15 credit modules involve typically 3 hours of lectures/labs per week. • An average week will involve about 15 hours of lectures/Labs. • Every year of every BSc/MMath is worth 120 credits (7 or 8 modules per year).
  22. 22. Example: Year 1 Mathematical Science Maths with Statistics Maths with Computer Science Maths with Finance and Economics Maths and Finance Functions, Vectors and Calculus Functions, Vectors and Calculus Functions, Vectors and Calculus Functions, Vectors and Calculus Functions, Vectors and Calculus Algebra Algebra Algebra Algebra Algebra Programming Programming Programming Programming Programming Intro. to Prob. and Statistics Probability and Statistics 1 Java Intro to Prob. and Statistics Intro. to Prob. and Statistics Ciphers and Number Theory Intro. to Microeconomics Intro. to Microeconomics Computational Mathematics Computational Mathematics Computation and Reasoning Intro. to Macroeconomics Intro. to Macroeconomics Mathematical Communication Mathematical Communication Mathematical Communication Math Communication Fin. and Inv. Mathematics A
  23. 23. Placement Year: Requirements and Support • Placements are not guaranteed, you will need to apply directly to companies that interest you. • However, our dedicated team of placement specialists within the Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) have extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment. • The unit runs workshops and one-to-one guidance sessions to prepare you for making successful applications and preparing for interviews.  Note, assistance is also available for students looking for summer internships.
  24. 24. Anneka Ruparelia Finance Business Analyst (Intern), Harrods George Symeonides Strategic Investment and Risk Management (Intern), Legal and General Investment Management Placement Year: Degree • Students will be visited in where there placement occurs and our professional liaison unit officer will be available to support students throughout the year. • A successfully completed year in industry will be noted in the degree title and Module MA2699 Professional Placement will appear on a students final transcript. • The grade for MA2699 is based on the quality of a number of written reports and placement visits.
  25. 25. Entry requirements Typical offer for all our courses starting September 2014 • 360 UCAS points with • A in A-level Mathematics or A-level Further Mathematics Offers exclude key skills and general studies, and count A-levels in mother tongues other than English at half value. Note that AS levels (in subjects not taken to A-level) are also counted so the 360 UCAS points may not necessarily come from 3 A-levels only.
  26. 26. Scholarships To support your studies, City University London is offering several scholarships. Find out more at • The Lord Mayor of London Scholarships for Academic Excellence – up to £3,000 per year for UK and EU undergraduate students achieving ABB or above at A-level •Various School-wide Awards are available including: • Caterpillar Scholarship • The Cutlers Bursary • Leathersellers Scholarship • Ludwik Finklestein Bursary • Salters Scholarship
  27. 27. Job prospects • In 2007, nearly 95% of our students employed or in further study 6 months after graduation. • In 2009, this number did drop to 75% (wider issues in the financial sector impacted on jobs for mathematics graduates). • The most recent statistics are for those graduating in 2011: – 86% of graduates had obtained employment or were undertaking further study within 6 months of graduating. – 44% of these students were in employment only. – 26% were employed and studying. – 30% were only undertaking further study.
  28. 28. Examples of the jobs taken by students graduating in 2010 and 2011 Job Title Company Commercial Analyst Deloitte Financial Analyst Ernst and Young Finance and Operations Manager Fidelity Financial Consultant Financial Consultant Analyst HSBC Future and Options Analyst F J Church Risk Modelling Analyst Post Office Research Associate (Advertising) Momenta PPI Service New Business Manager John Lewis Trainee Consultant Rexan
  29. 29. Examples of Courses Undertaken by Graduates in 2010 and 2011 Going on to Further Study Course Institution Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education UCL MSc in Operational Research University of Kent ACCA ACCA MSc in Banking and International Finance City University London Investment Management Certificate 7City
  30. 30. • Research active academic staff and PhD students.  12 PhD students. • Research Groups  Algebraic Representation Theory  Fluid Dynamics  Quantum Field Theory  Mathematical Biology Research in the Centre for Mathematical Science
  31. 31. Further information can be found in our Mathematics brochure. See your Open Day guide for locations for: Accommodation Admissions Campus Tours Careers and Student Volunteering Finance International Student Advice Library Saddlers Sports Centre Student Union
  32. 32. Dr Lara Silvers Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Admissions Tutor E-mail: Contact Details