Maths

UCAS code: n/a*
ECTS: 243.5-247.5
Start date
:
 October 2017
Duration
: 4 years full-time

LocationSouth Kensington

Apply initially for BSc Mathematics (G100) or MSci Mathematics (G103) and transfer during the third year

Mathematics is the engine of science and engineering. It is the set of ideas, insights and techniques that enable us to understand, analyse, and solve problems.

This course provides an excellent opportunity to gain both a mathematics degree and qualified teacher status. Traditionally it would take an extra year to train to teach, so if you would like to pursue a career in teaching, this course is ideal for you.

You will be awarded MSci Mathematics with Education from Imperial, as well as complete teaching placements organised by Canterbury Christ Church University, who will recommend you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course Information

Overview

Imperial’s Department of Mathematics is one of the strongest and most active in the UK. We are home to several Fellows of the Royal Society, many of whom are active in teaching and project support, which is strongly influenced by their research expertise.

Our four-year MSci Mathematics with Education course enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course is ideal if you would like to train to become a mathematics teacher at a secondary school, without the need for further training after your degree.

Routes into teaching

Traditionally teacher training takes place once you have graduated and completed your first degree (read more about routes into teaching). This course allows you to go straight into teaching upon successfully completing your studies.

MSci Mathematics with Education

You will gain a strong foundation by studying a similar curriculum to the first three years of the MSci Mathematics course.

You will go out on placements at schools across London and the surrounding area in your education year, in order to gain valuable experience and work toward qualified teacher status.

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

You need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in order to teach in state schools in England and Wales, and it is equivalent to requirements to teach in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

You will be recommended for QTS by Canterbury Christ Church University, a leading provider of teacher education.

Please review the additional requirements (below) that you need to achieve in order to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status.

Upon successful achievement of QTS, you can go straight into teaching, where your first year will be called a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year.

Changes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Please be aware of planned changes to qualified teacher status.

The government plan to change how qualified teacher status works. At present, there is limited information available on exactly what the change will be.

The Gov.uk website says: "A new, more challenging accreditation will replace qualified teacher status (QTS) and will be awarded when a teacher has demonstrated classroom proficiency, including areas such as behaviour management, and subject knowledge."

A speech from the Secretary of State for Education introducing white paper has been published, outlining this change as well as other policy changes relevant to teaching.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Year 1

Core modules
  • Algebra I
  • Analysis I
  • Foundations of Analysis
  • Geometry and Linear Algebra
  • Individual Poster Project
  • Mathematical Computation
  • Mathematical Methods I
  • Mathematical Methods II
  • Mechanics
  • Probability and Statistics I

Year 2

Core modules
  • Algebra II
  • Complex Analysis
  • Differential Equations
  • Group Project
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Orthogonality
  • Probability and Statistics II
  • Real Analysis
Optional module

You will choose one optional module:

  • Metric Spaces and Topology
  • Non-linear Waves
  • Statistical Modelling I

Year 3

In the third year you will take seven optional modules and one core module.

Core module
  • Communicating Mathematics
Optional modules

You will have the choice of over 40 optional modules from a wide range of mathematics topics, such as:

  • Algebra
  • Asymptotic Analysis
  • Computational
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Functional Analysis
  • Galois Theory
  • Geometry of Curves and Surfaces
  • Group Theory
  • Mechanics
  • Methods of Mathematical Physics
  • Number Theory
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Probability Theory
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Theory of Complex Systems

Year 4

Core modules

These core teaching modules are delivered by Canterbury Christ Church University:

  • Curriculum Studies I
  • Curriculum Studies II
  • Professional Studies
Optional modules

You will choose three optional modules from below, with one choice from either Group 2 or 3, and the remaining two choices from Group 1.

Group 1

There are over 35 optional modules to choose from, and the below lists provide a guide to what is on offer.

Group 1 - Theories
  • Algebraic Number Theory
  • Analytic Number Theory
  • Bifurcation Theory
  • Ergodic Theory: Seminar Course
  • Fourier Analysis and Theory of Distributions
  • Group Representation Theory
  • Probability Theory
  • Statistical Theory I
Group 1 - Areas
  • Advanced Statistics - Statistical Mechanics and Modelling
  • Algebra - Commutative and Lie Algebras
  • Differential Equations - Advanced Topics in, Analytic Methods of, and Computational
  • Geometry - of Curves and Surfaces, Algebraic Topology and Riemannian
  • Mathematical Physics - Quantum Mechanics and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Scientific Computation and Computational Stochastic Processes
  • Stochastic Filtering and Simulation
Group 2
  • History of Mathematics
  • Mathematics of Business & Economics
Group 3 - Business and Humanities

Teacher training placements

Below are the teacher training placements you will complete, along with the associated module.

Placement 1 - Curriculum Studies I

Between June and July after your third year examinations, you will spend 25 days on a school placement.

Placement 2 - Curriculum Studies I

Between July and August before your fourth year, you will spend 10 days participating in an Outreach Summer School.

Placement 3 - Professional Studies

Between September and December of your fourth year, you will spend 55 days in a secondary school.

Placement 4 - Curriculum Studies II

Between June-July after your fourth year examinations, you will spend 30 days in a secondary school.

Teaching and assessment

Assessment varies between modules, but for the majority it involves a combination of written exams, practical and continuous assessment of coursework. You can expect to experience a variety of teaching and learning methods, including: lectures, problem classes, tutorials, computational work, Matlab and Maple (specialist software), group project, individual assignments and problem sheets.

You will spend time on placements in order to gain experience of what it's like to be a teacher, and apply your subject knowledge from your time at Imperial, and passion for teaching mathematics to young people, in schools.

Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

What is Qualified Teacher Status?

You need Qualified Teacher Status (often QTS) in order to teach in state schools in England and Wales, and it is equivalent to requirements to teach in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

You are recommended for QTS by Canterbury Christ Church University, a leading provider of teacher education.

The institution awarding QTS is the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Please review the additional requirements, which you will need to achieve in order to be awarded qualified teacher status.

Upon successful achievement of qualified teacher status, you can go straight into teaching, where your first year will be called a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year.

Changes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Please be aware of planned changes to qualified teacher status.

The government plan to change how qualified teacher status works. At present, there is limited information available on exactly what the change will be.

The Gov.uk website says:

"A new, more challenging accreditation will replace qualified teacher status (QTS) and will be awarded when a teacher has demonstrated classroom proficiency, including areas such as behaviour management, and subject knowledge."

A speech from the Secretary of State for Education introducing white paper has been published, outlining this change as well as other policy changes relevant to teaching. Further information is available on the Gov.uk website.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page, which gives the minimum entry requirements for a range of international qualifications.

Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)

Applicants to all our Mathematics courses (except joint Mathematics and Computer Science courses) who apply prior to 15th October, and are taking A-level or IB examinations, are asked to sit the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT) as part of their application to Imperial. Students applying with other qualifications are also encouraged to take the MAT.  The MAT allows us to have a common measure with which to benchmark all of our applicants, regardless of which qualifications they have, or have already achieved.

The MAT is a paper-based, subject-specific admissions test which lasts 2.5 hours and takes place in early November. For more information about the test, visit the Admission Testing Service's website. You must register for the test before taking it. Find out how to register for the test.

Applicants may request their MAT result from April onwards the year after their test sitting. A request must be made in writing to ugmaths.admissions@imperial.ac.uk and confirm your full name, UCAS ID and MAT registration number.

Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP)

Applicants who are not able to take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT) or who apply after the 15th October deadline, and who are taking A-level or IB examinations, will be asked to sit one or more Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP). This may also be applied to conditional offers to applicants taking other qualification types.

Our minimum offer for these students has the additional requirement of a Grade 2 in either of these STEP papers.

In addition, any candidates who are considered borderline may be considered for a STEP offer. Find out more about STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper), which is also administered by ATS.

A-levels

For Mathematics degrees (except joint Mathematics and Computer Science) the normal minimum entry requirement is A*A*A overall, to include:

  • A* in Mathematics
  • A* in Further Mathematics
  • A in one other A-level (Chemistry or Physics will be an advantage)

Competition for places is intense, so your application will be stronger if you are studying subjects with a high mathematical content.

Although we do not require passes in specific subjects at GCSE level, we do expect candidates to have a broad education. This can be shown by passes in a suitable range of subjects at that level, and we would normally expect at least five of these to be at grade A or A*.

Practical endorsement (practical science assessment)

If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

International Baccalaureate

For Mathematics degrees (except joint Mathematics and Computer Science) the normal minimum entry requirement is an overall score of 39 points, including:

  • 7 in Mathematics at higher level
  • 6 in Physics, Chemistry or Economics at higher level

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates with SCE Highers, AGNVQ, European Baccalaureate, French Baccalaureate or Abitur qualifications. These will be considered on their individual merits, as will applications from students with other competencies.

English language requirements (all candidates)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants. 

Open days

Applicants are welcome to attend one of our open days, which are held several times a year. On open days you will have the opportunity to hear talks about the courses and other activities of our Department and the College.

You will be taken on a tour by current students and will have many opportunities to obtain further information about us and ask specific questions.

Additional requirements

There are additional requirements to this course due to the nature of qualified teacher status.

The requirements listed above are for BSc Mathematics at Imperial College, and in addition to those you need to achieve:

GCSE requirement

  • English Language - C*
  • Mathematics - C

Professional Skills Tests

There are professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy, and these will need to be passed along with the rest of the course in order to be awarded qualified teacher status.

Placements

You will need to succeed in the placements, along with all of the above, in order to achieve qualified teacher status.

The above requirements are relevant to achieving qualified teacher status, which as noted throughout this page, will change in the near future.

* please note the College requirement is higher

Tuition fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£9,250 per year

The UK government has confirmed that universities that have achieved a ‘meet expectations’ award – which includes Imperial – will, under the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), be able to raise their fees in 2017. The rise is an inflationary amount of 2.8% to a maximum of £9,250. The measure of inflation used is RPI-X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). You should expect the fee to increase beyond 2017 for each year that your course lasts, subject to UK government regulations on fee increases.

The UK government has also confirmed that EU students starting or continuing their studies in the 2017–18 academic year will continue to pay the Home rate of tuition fees for the duration of their course. EU students will also remain eligible for the same government funding support as they are now, including the Tuition Fee Loan. This access to government funding will continue throughout your course, even if the UK exits the EU during this time. 

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£25,000 per year

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation. Find out more about fee status assessments.

Home and EU students (with the exception of Graduate Medicine students) can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of their fees each year.

Home students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to help with their living costs.

Additional costs

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study which have to be budgeted for in addition to tuition fees and living expenses. This section provides examples of these and it is possible that all, or some, of these will be relevant to you.

Please note that the cost figures given are based on what such costs were in previous academic years and these are likely to change year to year. However, it is useful for you to be aware of the types of things you may have to pay for and their cost in previous years.

This section details whether the additional costs are essential or optional. Essential costs are highlighted as costs that you will need to pay to fully participate and complete your studies. Optional costs are not essential to your studies and you will be free to opt out of these.

Travel to placements

You will complete teacher training placements with schools and colleges in the Greater London area, which are a mandatory component of this course and of gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You should expect to budget for travel to four placements in the Greater London area, lasting a total of approximately 120 days.

You may be eligible for an undergraduate teaching bursary to help offset some of the costs of travelling to placements – see below.

Undergraduate teaching bursary

You could be eligible for an undergraduate teaching bursary (see Maths and Physics undergraduates) because you are completing a teacher training programme which leads to QTS:

  • BSc students are eligible for the bursary in their third year of study
  • MSci students are eligible for the bursary in the third and fourth year of study

This bursary is currently open to Home and EU students. See the link above for information about its availability for EU nationals following the EU referendum.

The bursary was worth £9,000 for 2016–17. This amount is set by the UK government so may change for future years of entry.

Disclosure and Barring Service

You will need to successfully obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before you can complete teacher training placements in schools and colleges.

The DBS is designed to ensure candidates are suited to working with vulnerable groups including children.

The Department of Mathematics covers the cost of your DBS check, which is organised during your Communicating Mathematics module.

Bursaries and scholarships

Imperial Bursary

The Imperial Bursary is available to any Imperial Home undergraduate student (except Graduate Medicine students) whose household income falls below £60,000 per year.

It is designed to ease the cost of London living by providing support on a sliding scale, from £2,000 up to £5,000 per year.

As long as your household income remains below £60,000 you will automatically qualify for a bursary for every year of undergraduate study.

The bursary is paid on top of any government loans to which you are entitled and does not need to be paid back. Find out more about the Imperial Bursary.

Scholarships

Our President’s Undergraduate scholarships are available to all undergraduate applicants studying an undergraduate degree for the first time who have applied to the College by 15 October.

They’re worth £1,000 for each undergraduate year of study. There are up to 112 awards available for students starting their studies in 2017–18.

A wide range of other scholarships is also available. Find out which scholarships you may be eligible for by using our scholarships search tool.

To find out more about the range of financial support available please see our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

UCAS Apply system

To apply to study at Imperial you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

The UCAS code for Imperial College London is I50.

Application deadlines

All applications which include choices for medicine at Imperial must be submitted to UCAS by 18.00 (UK time) on 15 October 2016 for entry in October 2017. 

The deadline for other courses at Imperial starting in 2017 is 18.00 (UK time) on 15 January 2017.

Students at a school/college registered with UCAS

All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international institutions are registered with UCAS.

To make it clear which school or college you are applying from you will need to ask one of your teachers or advisers for the UCAS buzzword. You will need to enter this in UCAS’s Apply system when you register.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Independent applicants and students at schools/colleges not registered with UCAS

If you’re applying independently or from a school/college not registered with UCAS you will still need to use UCAS’s Apply system. You will not need a UCAS buzzword.

See our How to apply section for further guidance.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

For more information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS), please see the International Student Support website.

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed your application and it’s been submitted through UCAS’s Apply system, you can use UCAS’ Track system to follow its progress and manage your choices.

What our graduates do

The logical and analytical skills developed through a degree in mathematics are highly valued by a wide range of employers. Our graduates go on to a diverse range of careers in industry, government and education, as well as international banking, computing, business, law, and accountancy.

The skills you will develop on this course, including experience in computation and communication, are extremely relevant to the needs of society, rendering graduates eminently suited to successful technical, managerial and financial careers.

Recent graduates of the Department have become:

  • Trainee Investment Banker, Goldman Sachs
  • Analyst, KPMG
  • Trainee Accountant, EY
  • Risk Analyst, Citibank
  • Software Engineer, BT

The focus of this particular Mathematics with Education degree is a future in teaching at secondary level. Your first year of teaching after this degree will be called a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year, which is passed to become a qualified teacher.

Mathematics, science and computing are current shortage areas, with graduates of these courses highly valued in teaching. Review the 'Get into Teaching' website produced by the government for more information.

More information

Please also see the course information on the Canterbury Christ Church University website, and be aware that the government plans to change how qualified teacher status works.

The routes into teaching information on the Gov.uk website is also helpful to you in choosing the right degree for you.

Information for offer holders for 2017

This section lists the changes that have been made to information about this course on this page since the UCAS application process opened on 1 September 2016.

All core modules are displayed on this page; the optional modules represent an indicative list of those that are likely to be available rather than all optional modules that will be offered every year. As a result, the changes recorded here only apply to the modules displayed on this page rather than all available on this course.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

There are currently no changes to record for this course. Keep checking back for future updates.