MMath Master of Mathematics (MMath)

Maths is a vital tool for problem-solving and decision-making in many areas of life, and is central to advances in science, engineering and technology. This Master’s in Mathematics is an opportunity to explore pure and applied mathematics topics in greater depth as you pursue your professional and personal ambitions.

MMath Master of Mathematics (MMath)

Course details

If you want to carve out a future in industry, business or any niche where number skills are a necessity, our MMath Mathematics programme could put you on the pathway to fulfilling your potential. Studying both traditional pure and applied maths, you’ll have the opportunity to build your knowledge of the subject’s fundamentals, as well as delve deeper into specific areas of mathematics like abstract algebra, calculus and mathematical modelling. As you progress along the course syllabus, you’ll encounter higher level material and have the opportunity to follow your own interests, studying a topic of your choice for your dissertation module.

This integrated Master’s course aims to build on the traditional knowledge and skills developed at bachelor’s level by providing a vocational element, offering opportunities to develop transferable key skills and pursue optional work placement modules. The material taught on this course has industrial, environmental and financial applications across a variety of career pathways, including academic research, IT, banking and economics.

  • UCAS points: 112
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MMath
  • UCAS code: G140
  • Duration: 6 years

Course highlights:

  • Our Mathematics courses are top in the North West and second in the UK for student satisfaction, according to the Complete University Guide 2018.
  • We prefer to keep classes relatively small, so that you have plenty of opportunities to us ask questions and get help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to build skills in practise during an optional placement module.
  • The programme’s vocational element offers you the chance to learn key skills sought by employers in industrial, environmental and financial applications.
  • You’ll be able to access careers guidance and support through the University’s dedicated Careers Service.

Key features:

  • This course covers both applied and pure mathematics for a comprehensive learning experience.
  • Our enthusiastic staff combine traditional lectures and informal group learning approaches, and use a range of assessment methods.
  • We want to work with you as an individual, giving you access to the help and support you need to succeed, and a learning experience that’s tailored to your personal development and career goals.
  • Graduates with the skills offered by this programme are sought after in various career areas, including finance, business and actuarial science.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 112
  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MMath
  • UCAS code: G140
  • Duration: 6 years

Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics; for instance, A-level Mathematics or IMA Polymaths Certificate (with a score of at least 900 out of 1200 points). Preference will be given to applicants with grade B or above in A-level Mathematics and to candidates who have successfully completed Further Mathematics at A-level.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.

If you have non-standard qualifications, or have narrowly failed to meet the standard entry requirements, we may still invite you to interview and ask you to undertake a diagnostic test that involves solving short routine problems of ‘A-level’ standard in an informal one-to-one meeting.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course please consider our BSc (Hons) Mathematics or Polymaths courses.

You may be required to attend an interview, provide a portfolio of work and take a diagnostic assessment.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

This course is an integrated Master’s programme covering all the topics that would be expected in high-quality undergraduate mathematics degrees, as well as in-depth, career relevant applications in the later part of the course.

Studying mathematics develops skills and knowledge that are in high demand; our Mathematics degrees are a good preparation for any area of employment that requires people with clear and logical thinking. Some of the key transferable skills you’ll have the chance to develop include advanced numeracy, problem solving abilities, working methodically and accurately, constructing logical arguments and exposing illogical ones, presenting a solution clearly and making your assumptions clear.

What can I do with this qualification?

There is a demand for mathematicians and statisticians across a wide range of sectors. Academic research is a common career path, as are careers in business, IT, economics, banking and finance.

Mathematics graduates can also progress to graduate schemes through long term employment contracts, usually with a large corporate company offering advanced training packages. Further study is also a popular option for Mathematics graduates. Many graduates go on to do a postgraduate teacher training course, or study for a PhD in a variety of subjects that are useful for careers in operational research, medical statistics in pharmaceutical companies, meteorology and engineering design. Also other careers, including most finance-related careers and actuarial work, require further study during employment to complete professional exams.

Alternative career options

  • Insurance underwriting
  • Meteorology
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Business analysis
  • Quantity surveying
  • Tax advising
  • Pensions consultancy
  • Engineering
  • Software testing
  • Scientific Research and Development
  • Teaching and education
  • Management consultancy
  • Public administration
  • Market research
  • Corporate finance
  • Computing
  • Auditing
  • Retail
  • Purchasing
  • Investment banking
  • Stocks and shares
  • Credit and investment analysis

Professional recognition

The University of Bolton’s MMath Mathematics is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation when followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught Master’s degrees.

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Abstract Algebra
  • The Mathematician in Society
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Statistics and Probability
  • Algorithms and Structured Programming
  • Vector Calculus
  • Dynamics
  • Further Mathematical Methods
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Real Analysis
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Further Linear Algebra
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Dissertation
  • Group Theory
  • Complex Variables
  • Mathematics Work Placement
  • Applied Analysis
  • Viscous Flow
  • Lie Groups and Differential Equations
  • Conservation Laws
  • Project

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our MMath Mathematics programme is delivered mainly through informal, interactive classroom sessions, alongside some traditional lectures from tutors and guest speakers. We prefer to teach classes in fairly small groups as this helps to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in activities and discussions within these sessions. Tutorial work comprises approximately a third of teaching time.

Group activities take a variety of forms, including quiz style exercises. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete practical work and classes in the computer lab. You’ll be expected to devote time to independent study and may choose to build skills in practise with an optional work placement module.

Programme assessments are varied and include methods such as coursework, tests in class, practical programming exercises, time-constrained formal examinations and a dissertation with viva.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (47%), Practical exams (33%), Written exams (20%)
Level Two Coursework (33%), Practical exams (7%), Written exams (60%)
Level Three Coursework (30%), Practical exams (12%), Written exams (58%)
Level Coursework (20%), Practical exams (20%), Written exams (60%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Two Guided independent study (78%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (22%)
Level Three Guided independent study (82%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (18%)
Level Guided independent study (82%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (18%)

Contact The University

Key facts

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    The University of Bolton
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  • Duration:
    6 years

Contact us

Michael Butler
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903634

Jonathan Kelly
Admissions Tutor and Deputy Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903134

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903