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Division of Mathematics
University of Dundee

Mathematics at Dundee

The degree programmes we offer are based on a four year BSc Honours degree. In addition to Honours degree programmes wholly in the Mathematics Division, there is a range of Joint Honours BSc and MA degrees, which is listed in the panel. The structure of the degree programmes is flexible, and you may change your programme of study by consulting your Advisor of Studies after you have sampled work at either Level 1 or Level 2.

The Mathematics modules at Level 1 cover calculus, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. They will provide you with an introduction to university mathematics, following on from material that you will have studied at school. Two Level 2 modules extend topics in calculus and linear algebra covered at Level 1. Another pair of Mathematics modules at Level 2 will give you an introduction to a range of topics in Statistics and Applied Mathematics.

One third of your time at Level 1 is devoted to Mathematics, one third to a joint subject (if applicable) and one third to another subject of your choice. A similar split occurs at Level 2, except that for an Honours degree fully within Mathematics, one half (and preferably two thirds) of your time is devoted to Mathematics.

On entry to Level 3, you will have the choice of following either a degree programme entirely within Mathematics or a joint Honours degree programme. There is a total of eight short modules covering a wide range of topics, namely linear algebra, differential equations, mathematical methods, statistics I and II, operations research, analysis and history of mathematics. For a degree wholly within Mathematics, all eight modules are taken. For a joint Honours degree with Mathematics, four modules are chosen, of which the first three named above are compulsory. For joint degrees with Statistics about 25% of the content is statistical, but it is also possible to choose some other Mathematics modules.

At Level 4 you enrol for six modules in areas that relate to research strengths within the division, which currently include Mathematical Biology, Numerical Analysis and Approximation Theory. There is also an additional project work module which includes training in personal transferable skills, a selection of mini-projects and one extended project. Joint Honours students take either four of the six modules or the Honours Project and two of these modules.

Mathematical Biology:
What is mathematical biology? Put simply, mathematical biology involves using mathematical tools and techniques to answer problems that arise in the biology.

The life sciences will be for mathematics in the forthcoming century what physics was for mathematics in the previous century. New, exciting challenges in the life sciences can and are being met using mathematical modelling with a direct impact on improving people's quality of life in health, social and ecological issues.

Our course offers a unique blend of modern applied mathematics and biology.

The Mathematics Division

The Mathematics Division teaches a broad-based Mathematics syllabus in Levels 1 to 3. This leads onwards in Level 4 to a set of topics inspired by our internationally-rated recognised research strengths in Applied Mathematics, including numerical analysis, mathematical biology and applied analysis: the most recent review of our research resulted in the award of a 5 grading (equal top in Scotland) in the Applied Mathematics category. In addition, the Division is a small and friendly place where staff are ready and willing to help at all levels. You will soon get to know the staff and your fellow students.

An open house support facility, Maths Base, gives you an opportunity to get additional help, and this is staffed on two afternoons each week during semester-time. You will have access to well-equipped PC suites and be able to use specialist Mathematics software packages. You will be able to join DUMaS (Dundee University Maths Society), an active society open to students studying Mathematics.

You will learn by a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and computer practicals. For each Level 1 and Level 2 module, you will undertake supervised work in our PC laboratory, using software packages such as Scientific Notebook and Minitab. All students taking Level 1 modules carry out two mini-projects, working in teams of 3 or 4. The use of specialised software continues within the Level 3 and 4 modules, and you will also be introduced to the powerful Matlab system. Assessment for all modules (except Mathematics) involves a final examination and takes into account varying amounts of continuous assessment, including assignments and class tests.

Mathematics is central to the sciences, and to the development of a prosperous society. As well as established applications of Mathematics in business, technology and in the physical sciences, there are exciting new applications in the Biosciences, where mathematics is used to analyse the development of diseases such as cancer. Many of our graduates enter the financial sector (banking, commerce and insurance), and graduates can also choose from a wide range of interesting careers in industry, research, public service, consultancy and education.

In the Social Sciences, subjects such as Psychology and Economics are areas in which analytical and statistical skills are required, and a knowledge of Mathematics and/or Statistics is invaluable. If you enjoy Mathematics and like the idea of an interesting and rewarding course which can lead into a wide range of career opportunities, then you should give serious consideration to a degree which involves Mathematics. Our degree programmes are also useful in preparing for the professional qualifications of chartered mathematician (C Math) and chartered statistician (C Stat).

The University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is one of the UK’s leading universities, internationally recognised for its expertise across a range of disciplines including science, medicine, engineering and art. Its mission regarding teaching and research is:

- 'to advance and diffuse knowledge, wisdom and understanding by teaching and research and by the example and influence of its corporate life'
Mission statement, Royal Charter 1967

In 2007, the University will celebrate 40 years since it became an independent university after a 70 year relationship with the University of St. Andrews. Over the last ten years the University has seen exciting changes - since 1994 the University has more than doubled in size.

The mission statement still provides focus for the University today as it powers forward as one of the UK’s top institutions for teaching and research across a broad range of disciplines.

The medical and life sciences are 5* rated while the University is home to one of the UK’s top art schools. Dundee was Scottish University of the Year 2004/2005 (Sunday Times) and was ranked top for teaching quality in 2005 (The Times Higher Education Supplement and The Times).

The University continues to move forward and is currently undergoing a £200 million redevelopment programme for the city centre campus which includes four new student residences, new teaching facilities, an extension to the Main Library and an extension to existing sports facilities.

The University has been described as aspirational:

- 'having its head in the clouds and its feet firmly on the ground'
Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney, 2003

Address Information:

Address Division of Mathematics
23 Perth Road
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN
Tel. No. +44 (0) 1382 384471
Fax No. +44 (0) 1382 385516
E-mail address
Course B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Mathematics
B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematical Biology
Type of courses Full-time
Length of course 4 years
Date of commencement September 2007
Class size 45
Accommodation Available
Fees Overseas - £8,500
England, Wales, Northern Ireland: £1,700
Student grants/
Financial Assistance
Discovery Scholarships available
Exchange Partner Schools ERASMUS
University of Pau
University of Hamburg
Top recruiters of graduates Industry, research, public service, consultancy and education.
Admission requirements 240 points including Mathematics at grade B in Higher or AS-level or C at AH- or A-level

IELTS – 6.0
TOEFL (Old-style paper) – 580
TOEFL (Computer-based) – 237
TOEFL (Internet-based) – 92
CPE – C or better
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) – C or better
International GCSE English as a Second Language – C or better on extended curriculum
London University GCE O-level Syllabus B in English Language – C or better
Oxford-ARELS Examination - Higher Level – Credit or Distinction
Student Profile 1.Countries of origin: 6
2. Ratio Men/Women: 60/40
3. Age Range: 18-40
4. Average Age: 20
Course director Professor T.N.T Goodman,
Contact details UCAS,
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