BSc Hons Mathematics & Computer Science

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: GG14
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Accreditation: Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

  • High Flyer Programme: qualified applicants can complete course in 3 years

Study with us

  • learn how to apply mathematics to solve practical problems using specialist software
  • gain knowledge in programming languages, artificial intelligence, mathematical analysis, discrete mathematics, and web applications development
  • develop skills to tackle problems in a business setting
  • opportunity to undertake industry-relevant projects
  • option to carry out your Honours project in either subject
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Why this course?

Mathematics is everywhere: weather forecasting, cash machines, secure websites, electronic games, liquid crystal displays, statistical data analysis.

We use statistics to explore and explain the world in which we live, such as in opinion polls and market research. However, it’s also important for manufacturing and testing many products, in particular showing that modern drugs are safe in treating humans.

Our course focuses on applying mathematics to solving practical problems.

Computers are an essential part of modern business and mathematics must often be formulated before the computer can be of use.

This degree will give you the skills to tackle problems in a business environment.

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What you’ll study

This is a four-year joint Honours programme and taught in partnership with the Department of Computer & Information Sciences.

Each year contains compulsory classes and some years contain either optional classes and/or elective classes.

Years 1 & 2

Each area is studied equally. In addition to core mathematical methods, you’ll study calculus, geometry, applied analysis, mechanics, linear algebra and probability and statistics. Computer Science classes include programming, logic and information systems.

Years 3 & 4

This flexible joint degree allows you to focus on up to a number of classes in Mathematics or Computer Science.

Your final year project may be carried out in either subject. Honours graduates with enough computing classes may seek accreditation from the British Computer Society.

Major projects

We work with several companies and organisations to provide suggestions for student projects – either individual or group final year projects.

These tend to be more ambitious or speculative in nature than a traditional development project, particularly the group projects, and employers will work with our staff to develop an idea that's suitable for both parties.

Projects are supervised by our academic staff with individuals from the sponsoring organisation providing occasional advice and feedback, and also seeing the final demonstration.

Facilities

You’ll have access to well-equipped, modern computing laboratories and teaching rooms, as well as 24-hour access to an advanced computer information network and a sophisticated virtual e-learning environment. We have also an undergraduate common room which gives you a modern and flexible area that's used for individual and group study work and is also a relaxing social space.  

High Flyer Programme

Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.

Find out more about our High Flyer Programme.

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Learning & teaching

Teaching methods include lectures (using a variety of media, including electronic presentations and computer demonstrations), tutorials, problems classes, computer laboratories, coursework and projects.

These methods will allow you to gain knowledge, understand and develop intellectual thinking and learn practical and transferable skills.

On completion of this course you’ll be able to:

  • demonstrate subject knowledge
  • show an understanding of the main mathematical theories as well as one or more specialised areas
  • demonstrate an understanding of computer science
  • demonstrate skills in calculation and use of the knowledge learned
  • develop and evaluate logical arguments, presenting them and their conclusions clearly and accurately
  • demonstrate a range of problem solving skills e.g. abstracting the essentials of problems, formulating them mathematically and finding solutions by appropriate methods using appropriate software
  • undertake a critical analysis of data and draw conclusions from it
  • demonstrate a range of general skills including IT competency

Assessment

Knowledge, understanding and subject-specific skills are assessed by course work assignments, reports, presentations and written examinations.

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Course content

Maths

Introduction to Calculus
You'll study the basic concepts and standard methods of mathematical notation and proof, polynomial equations and inequalities, sequences and series, functions, limits and continuity, differentiation and integration.
Applications of Calculus

The fundamental concepts of calculus (differentiation and integration) presented in Applications of Calculus will be examined in more detail, extended to a larger class of functions by means of more sophisticated methods, including an introduction to complex numbers and variables, all demonstrated in application to practical problems including solving basic first and second-order differential equations.  

Geometry & Algebra with Applications

This class will introduce you to vectors and matrices, along with the idea of mathematical modelling through their application to real-world problems.

Essential Statistics

This class will present some basic ideas and techniques of statistics while introducing some essential study skills.

Computer Science

Machines, Languages & Computation
This class will help you achieve a broad knowledge of the essence of computation and computational systems, as embodied by the notions of computable functions, formal languages and recursion, logic and computability and abstract machines.
Information & Information Systems
This class will help you understand a broad knowledge of information systems and how information is created, used and disseminated within an information society.
Programming Foundations
This class will provide you with a solid foundation in the principles of computer programming. On completing this class you should have the necessary skills to be able to design, build and test a small system in a high-level language (Java in the current incarnation of the class).

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Linear Algebra & Differential Equations

This class will introduce you to the basic ideas of linear algebra, such as matrices and determinants, vector spaces, bases, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. You'll study various standard methods for solving ordinary differential equations and understand their relevance.

Advanced Calculus

Basic ideas, techniques and results for calculus of two and three variables, along with differentiation and integration over curves, surfaces and volumes of both scalar and vector fields will be presented.

Applicable Analysis

This class will give a rigorous treatment of convergence of sequences and infinite series of real numbers and of continuity, differentiability and integrability of functions of a real variable, and will illustrate the importance of these concepts in the analysis of problems arising in applications.

Computer Science

Advanced Programming

This class will further your skills in object-oriented programming, provide knowledge of key abstract data types along with their implementation and usage, and to provide experience in the development of larger scale software and an introduction to design.

Your main goal is to be able to develop larger programs with specialized data structures and utilizing APIs from a specification, and being able to ensure and show how the system they developed matches the specification.

Logic & Algorithms
This class will equip you with the tools to model and measure computation. To build on the module Machines, Languages and Computation, and develop further understanding of the mathematical foundations of computation. To foster an analytical and empirical appreciation of the behaviour of algorithms and the use of abstract data types.
User & Data Modelling
This class will provide you with a critical appreciation and understanding of how to model user activities and the data to support them, together with how to implement systems and databases to support user activities.

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Compulsory classes

Linear Algebra

Here we'll introduce basic algebraic structures, with particular emphasis on those pertaining to finite dimensional linear spaces and deepen your understanding of linear mappings. We'll also provide an introduction to inner product spaces and bilinear forms.

Differential Equations

We'll introduce you to analytical methods for solving ordinary and partial differential equations so you'll develop an understanding along with technical skills in this area.

Optional classes

Applicable Analysis

We'll introduce you to the basic theory and applications of metric spaces, normed vector spaces and Banach spaces, inner product spaces and Hilbert spaces, and bounded linear operators on normed linear spaces.

Numerical Analysis

This module will motivate the need for numerical algorithms to approximate the solution of problems that can't be solved with pen and paper. It'll develop your skills in performing detailed analysis of the performance of numerical methods and will continue to develop your skills in the implementation of numerical algorithms using R.

Computer Science

Compulsory class

Building Software Systems

This class will extend and deepen your understanding of the analysis, design and implementation of software systems; to provide further experience in the activity of designing and implementing non-trivial systems; and to enable you to demonstrate practical competence in a group environment.

Your goal is the development in a group setting of significant systems from scratch aiming not just at any solution but a good solution, and to be introduced to more general Software Engineering topics.

Optional classes

Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

Pre-requisites: Advanced Programming, Logic & Algorithms.

This class will help to give you a broad appreciation of the scale and nature of the problems within Artificial Intelligence and to a detailed understanding of some of the fundamental techniques used to address those problems.

Programming Language Definition & Implementation

The class will provide familiarisation with the definition of programming language syntax and semantics, and the translation of these definitions into an implementation of a programming language.

Web Applications Development

Pre-requisites: Advanced Programming, User & Data Modelling.

This class will give you an understanding of the technologies used in the development of N-tier Internet-based applications.

Functional Programming

Pre-requisites: Basic programming skills, as might be gained by taking the class Programming Foundations or a similar introductory programming class.

To aim is to provide you with skills in basic functional programming and experience in integrated deployment of those skills.

Mobile App Development

Pre-requisites: Advanced Programming

You should gain a good understanding of the issues in developing for mobile environments, approaches to handling these issues and skills in developing for a widespread mobile platform.

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Compulsory class

Communicating Mathematics & Statistics

This class provides you with experience of the skills required to undertake project work, and to communicate the findings in written and oral form using a variety of sources, such as books, journals and the internet.

Optional classes

Modelling & Simulation with Applications to Financial Derivatives

Here you'll get an introduction to ideas in mathematics and statistics that can be used to model real systems, with an emphasis on the valuation of financial derivatives. This module places equal emphasis on deterministic analysis (calculus, differential equations) and stochastic analysis (Brownian motion, birth and death processes). In both cases, in addition to theoretical analysis, appropriate computational algorithms are introduced. The first half of the class introduces general modelling and simulation tools, and the second half focuses on the specific application of valuing financial derivatives, including the celebrated Black-Scholes theory.

Applicable Analysis 3

This class will present the main results in Functional Analysis, give an introduction to linear operators on Banach and Hilbert spaces and study applications to integral and differential equations.

Statistical Modelling & Analysis

This class will provide you with a range of applied statistical techniques that can be used in professional life.

Fluids & Waves

You'll be introduced to the theory of Newtonian fluids and its application to flow problems and the dynamics of waves on water and in other contexts.

Finite Element Methods for Boundary Value Problems & Approximation

You'll be presented with the basic theory and practice of finite element methods and polynomial and piecewise polynomial approximation theory.

Applied Statistics in Society

You'll be introduced to a range of modern statistical methods and practices used in industry, commerce and research, and will develop skills in your application and presentation.

Mathematical Introduction to Networks

This class will demonstrate the central role network theory plays in mathematical modelling. It'll also show the intimate connection between linear algebra and graph theory and how to use this connection to develop a sound theoretical understanding of network theory. Finally, it'll apply this theory as a tool for revealing structure in networks.

Mathematical Biology & Marine Population Modelling

Here you'll learn the application of mathematical models to a variety of problems in biology, medicine, and ecology. It'll show the application of ordinary differential equations to simple biological and medical problems, the use of mathematical modelling in biochemical reactions, the application of partial differential equations in describing spatial processes such as cancer growth and pattern formation in embryonic development, and the use of delay-differential equations in physiological processes. The marine population modelling element will introduce the use of difference models to represent population processes through applications to fisheries, and the use of coupled ODE system to represent ecosystems. Practical work will include example class case studies that will explore a real-world application of an ecosystem model.

Medical Statistics

Students will learn new statistical methodology and apply it to real data from medical research studies, with an emphasis on the interpretation of the statistical results in the context of the medical problem being investigated. This skill is necessary for the application of statistics to medical data and differs from the traditional, standard interpretation of statistical textbook problems.

Computer Science

Compulsory class

Individual Project
This class will allow you to demonstrate practical and documentary competence. You'll also be expected to give a demonstration of your work.

Optional classes

Advanced Functional Programming

Understanding the mathematical structures arising in advanced functional programs as mediated by the following concepts: type classes and constructor classes, monoids, functors, applicative functors, monads and monad transformers, arrows, comonads, inductive and coinductive types, recursion patterns including folds and unfolds, continuations, and generalised algebraic data types.

Software Architecture & Design

This class aims to:

  • enable you to understand the challenges of advanced software design and the issues associated with large-scale software architectures, frameworks, patterns and components
  • develop your understanding of the tools and techniques that may be used for the automatic analysis and evaluation of software
Theory of Computation
Building on the previous material in software development, you'll extend and formalise your abilities in the area of computational complexity.
Information Access & Mining
This class will allow you to understand the fundamentals of information access and information mining. The class will cover a range of techniques for extracting information from textual and non-textual resources, modelling the information content of resources, detecting patterns within information resources and making use of these patterns.
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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements:

Year 1 entry: AABB/ABBBC

(Maths A, Advanced Higher Maths recommended)

Minimum entry requirements*: 

ABBC (Maths A plus one of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Computing Science or Engineering Science)

or

ABBB (including Maths A)

*Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Advanced Highers

Year 2 entry: AB

(Maths A, Computing Science B, involving an appropriate programming language)

A Levels

Year 1 entry: ABB-BBB
Year 2 entry: AAA-ABB

(Maths A, Computer Science, involving an appropriate programming language)

International Baccalaureate

32

(Maths HL6)

HNC

Year 1 entry: relevant HNC with strong mathematical content, B in Graded Unit

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages.

Deferred entry

Accepted

International students

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Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

TBC

Fees for students domiciled in Scotland and the EU are subject to confirmation in early 2020 by the Scottish Funding Council.

(2019/20: £1,820)

Rest of UK

TBC

Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.

(2019/20: £9,250)

International

£15,300

Additional costs

Mathematics 

Course materials & costs 

Class materials (lecture notes and exercise sheets) for the majority of Mathematics & Statistics classes are available free to download. For some classes, students may need access to a textbook. Textbook costs are typically in the £20-60 price range. These prices are dependent on format (e-book, soft or hardback) and whether bought new or second hand.  

PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)

Third-year Maths and Teaching students will need to pay for the full price of a PVG membership scheme.  

Other costs 

£40 returnable deposit for PRS handsets.

Computer Science 

Course materials & costs 

There is no charge for lecture notes or equipment. Students are supplied with 500 free print units - but must purchase any additional units. However, most coursework is submitted electronically.  

Books are recommended, but not a compulsory purchase. The department ensures that the University library is stocked with copies of textbooks. 

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students (Non-UK Scholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

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Careers

Graduates in Mathematics & Computer Science can go into a wide range of jobs from the manufacturing and service industries, the actuarial, accountancy and banking professions, commerce and government, consultancy and education.

Graduates in Mathematics & Computer Science are well prepared for careers involving theoretical computer science or programming of advanced scientific problems including cryptography.

How much will I earn?

The average graduate salary is around £22,000. With experience, this can rise to around £42,000.*

*Information is intended only as a guide.

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