Adding a European language like French to your Mathematics degree is an excellent way to expand your employability and open up a whole range of new opportunities. The chance to live and study in France for a period of time will make a huge impact on your own personal development and future opportunities.
Mathematics is a powerful, universal language used to describe situations in abstract terms. At the heart of manipulation with abstract mathematical objects are precision, logical thinking and reasoning skills. Studying and doing mathematics requires a high level of communication skills. Employers highly value these skills and the subsequent versatility of our graduates.
We offer undergraduate language courses at all levels from beginners to final year. One of the strengths of the undergraduate degree programme is its flexibility and the possibility it offers of combining French and Francophone studies with almost any other discipline, so you can tailor your degree to suit your own particular needs and interests.
As an integral part of an honours degree in French, you will spend a half-year or a full year in a French-speaking country, either working as a language assistant, or as a visiting student at one of the Erasmus and other institutions with whom we have exchange agreements (these include Lyon, Rennes, Grenoble, Réunion, Brussels, Geneva, Lausanne), or possibly on a work placement (students have undertaken successful placements organised by French with the IFP (Institute of French Petroleum) School in Paris and the Club des Langues in Anglet).
Calculus is the mathematical study of change, and is used in many areas of mathematics, science, and the commercial world. This course covers differentiation, limits, finding maximum and minimum values, and continuity. There may well be some overlap with school mathematics, but the course is brisk and will go a long way quickly.
This course introduces the concepts of complex numbers, matrices and other basic notions of linear algebra over the real and complex numbers. This provides the necessary mathematical background for further study in mathematics, physics, computing science, chemistry and engineering.
The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to Integral Calculus and the theory of sequences and series, to discuss their applications to the theory of functions, and to give an introduction to the theory of functions of several variables.
This provides the necessary mathematical background for further study in mathematics, physics, computing science, chemistry and engineering.
Set theory was introduced by Cantor in 1872, who was attempting to understand the concept of "infinity" which defied the mathematical world since the Greeks. Set Theory is fundamental to modern mathematics - any mathematical theory must be formulated within the framework of set theory, or else it is deemed invalid. It is the alphabet of mathematics.In this course we will study naive set theory. Fundamental object such as the natural numbers and the real numbers will be constructed. Structures such as partial orders and functions will be studied. And of course, we will explore infinite sets.
Students will learn about careers and employability, equality and diversity, health and safety.
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This intensive language course is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of French.
This course builds on the work done in FR1023, providing students with an adequate command of French language to allow them the possibility of continuing their studies into level 2 and Honours.
This course offers students who are registered for the beginners' course in French language an introduction to twentieth century French culture and society through the study of films, short prose texts and poetry. The course is organised around the broad themes of childhood and adolescence, gender, sexuality and love and marginalisation in contemporary France. The texts will be studied in translation or with subtitles.
This course offers students with intermediate or good knowledge French language an introduction to twentieth century French culture and society through the study of films, short prose texts and poetry. The course is organised around the broad themes of childhood and adolescence, gender, sexuality and love and marginalisation in contemporary France.
This course is intended for students who have studied French to Higher or equivalent level, but whose knowledge may be rusty. It will enable them to consolidate and extend their knowledge of French, written and spoken.
This course is intended for students who have studied French to at least Higher or equivalent level, or beyond to A level or Advanced Higher. It will enable them to consolidate and extend their knowledge of French, written and spoken.
This course is intended for students who have studied French to the equivalent of Scottish Higher or beyond. Building on the work done in the first semester in FR1024 or FR1025, it seeks to enable students to consolidate and extend their knowledge of French, written and spoken.
Linear algebra is the study of vector spaces and linear maps between them and it is a central subject within mathematics.
It provides foundations for almost all branches of mathematics and sciences in general. The techniques are used in engineering, physics, computer science, economics and others. For example, special relativity and quantum mechanics are formulated within the framework of linear algebra.
The two courses Linear Algebra I and II aim at providing a solid foundation of the subject.
Analysis provides the rigourous, foundational underpinnings of calculus. It is centred around the notion of limits: convergence within the real numbers. Related ideas, such as infinite sums (a.k.a. series), continuity, and differentiation, are also visited in this course. Care is needed to properly use the delicate formal concept of limits. At the same time, limits are often intuitive, and we aim to reconcile this intuition with correct mathematical reasoning. The emphasis throughout this course is on rigourous mathematical proofs, valid reasoning, and the avoidance of fallacious arguments.
Analysis provides the rigourous, foundational underpinnings of calculus. This course builds on the foundations in Analysis I, and explores the notions of Riemann integrability, Cauchy sequences, sequences of functions, and power series. The techniques of careful rigourous argument seen in Analysis I will be further developed. Such techniques will be applied to solve problems that would otherwise be inaccessible. As in Analysis I, the emphasis of this course is on valid mathematical proofs and correct reasoning.
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This is a course in multivariable calculus. As the name suggests, it generalises familiar concepts from calculus (such as limits, derivatives, integrals and differential equations) to situations with many variables.In addition to lectures and tutorials, there will be practical training through several computer sessions. Recommended to mathematicians and physicists.
This second year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to students who have passed FR1523. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language courses (along with FR2512) that has to have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.
This second year French language course which runs in the second half-session is only open to students who have followed FR2012. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language pre-requisite courses (along with FR2012) that one must have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.
This second year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to students who have passed FR1524. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language courses (with FR2502) that one has to have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.
This second year French language course which runs in the second half-session is only open to students who have followed FR2002. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language pre-requisite courses (along with FR2002) that one must have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.
The course begins with a recap of the fundamental ideas from Introduction to Analysis to support and reinforce an understanding of the rigorous language of mathematical analysis.
Topics include the behaviour of sequences and series of real numbers, power series including Taylor’s theorem and uniform convergence of sequences of functions.
Many examples of rings will be familiar before entering this course. Examples include the integers modulo n, the complex numbers and n-by-n matrices with real entries. The course develops from the fundamental definition of ring to study particular classes of rings and how they relate to each other. We also encounter generalisations of familiar concepts, such as what is means for a polynomial to be prime.
The aim of the course is to introduce the basic concepts of metric spaces and their associated topology, and to apply the ideas to Euclidean space and other examples.An excellent introduction to "serious mathematics" based on the usual geometry of the n dimensional spaces.
This Non-Honours Level 3 French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512 , runs over the full session and is open to students following a Designated Degree in French Studies, LLB (French or Belgian law), European Studies (with one language) or any Degree with French language as a minor .
This course will improve French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as sensitivity to linguistic variety.
It carries 30 credits and is assessed by way of six equally weighted assignments.
Differential equations play a prominent role in many disciplines including engineering, physics, economics, and biology. In this course we will study the concept of a differentialk equation systematically from a purely mathematical viewpoint. Such abstraction is fundamental to the understanding of this concept.
In many “real life” problems one is required to find optimal solutions, namely a solution which, generally speaking, either minimises “cost” or maximises “gain”. To do so, one models the problem mathematically, and then applies the appropriate mathematical techniques to find the optimal solution. In this course students will learn how to formulate optimisation problems mathematically and study the relevant techniques from analysis and algebra which are useful in solving them. Applications to “real life” problems and the use of computer software to solve them will also be discussed.
The course introduces the following basic concepts of the classical mechanics:
Newton’s laws of motion;
the motion of projectiles with and without air resistance;
the theory of simple vibrations and, in particular, simple harmonic motion;
the concepts of momentum, angular momentum, energy and corresponding conservation laws;
an inertial frame and related Galilean transformations;
systems of particles with and without collisions;
Recommended to mathematicians and physicists.
The 4th year project is a good opportunity to do some research in an area of mathematics which is not covered in any other course. A choice of project topics will be made available to students before the start of the semester. Students will be expected to have regular meetings with their project supervisor. A written report should be submitted at the end of the course, with a presentation taking place shortly afterwards. Students should be able to demonstrate in the project that they have a good understanding of the topic they covered, often through working out examples.
Galois theory is based around a simple but ingenious idea: that we can study field extensions by instead studying the structure of certain groups associated to them. This idea can be employed to solve some problems which confounded mathematicians for centuries, including the impossibility of trisecting an angle with ruler and compass alone, and the insolubility of the general quintic equation.
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Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:
The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.
Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.
|Home / EU||All Students||£1,820|
|International Students||Students admitted in 2014/15||£15,700|
|International Students||Students admitted in 2015/16||£16,200|
|International Students||Students admitted in 2016/17||£17,200|
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