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.
Mathematics, School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences - City University London Undergraduate Open Day 29th June 2013
Academic excellence for business and the professions
Mathematics at City University
Dr Lara Silvers
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
Admissions Tutor for Mathematical Science
Prof. Mark Broom
Professor of Mathematics
Just completed 2nd year student
BSc Mathematical Science
Just completed 4th year student
MMath Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics
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.
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
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).
• Award-winning Student Services.
City University London has recently
won the prestigious Times Higher
Education Leadership & Management
award for Outstanding Student
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
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
Many of our students study Mathematics in combination with another
subject, such as Finance, Economics, Computing or Statistics.
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
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.
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.
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.
We offer five Mathematics based courses:
• BSc/MMath Mathematical Science
• BSc/MMath Mathematics and Finance
• BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with Finance and
• 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
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.
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.
BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with Finance
• 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
• All of the Finance and Economics modules are delivered by Cass
Business School or the Economics Department.
BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with
• 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.
BSc/MMath Mathematical Science with
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• MMath students will study some special
topics, fourth year, modules in their
• 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
• A minimum mark of 40% for each part (coursework and exam) is
required to pass a module.
• 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
Example: Year 1
Algebra Algebra Algebra Algebra Algebra
Programming Programming Programming Programming Programming
Intro. to Prob.
Java Intro to Prob. and
Intro. to Prob.
Fin. and Inv.
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
Note, assistance is also available for students looking for
Finance Business Analyst (Intern),
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
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.
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
• 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.
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
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
Examples of Courses Undertaken by Graduates
in 2010 and 2011 Going on to Further Study
Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary
MSc in Operational Research University of Kent
MSc in Banking and International Finance City University London
Investment Management Certificate 7City
• Research active academic
staff and PhD students.
12 PhD students.
• Research Groups
Quantum Field Theory
Research in the Centre for Mathematical
Further information can be found
in our Mathematics brochure.
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Careers and Student Volunteering
International Student Advice
Saddlers Sports Centre
Dr Lara Silvers
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Admissions Tutor