Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

G120

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
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Overview

Mathematics and Physics are both exciting subjects sharing a common history. Both fields go hand in hand and can help to model real world situations to find new solutions to problems. In addition, both fields are important in training for developmental logical and constructive thoughts.

The BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics degree aims to provide an understanding of fundamental scientific phenomena and logic. You should learn to translate this understanding into mathematical and computational models, which are then solved using a variety of tools. This scientific process should produce graduates who are particularly well trained at problem solving beyond the various fields presented in the course. Such training could make a science graduate highly desirable in a wide range of employment sectors. It is expected that upon successful completion of the course you will have gained a strong grounding in mathematical thinking as well as a good understanding of how mathematics may be used to solve physical and practical problems.

The faculty has an award-winning placement and employability service, EEC Futures, which aims to help students find placements between Level 5 and Level 6, if they so desire. A particular emphasis is placed on providing students with general and subject specific skills to help and support graduates to find employment in professions where mathematical skills and/or problem-solving skills are important.

The course will provide opportunities for you to engage in research through your final year projects. There is also the opportunity for you to apply for a paid summer research internship (subject to competitive application and availability) as well as benefitting from an optional industrial placement or study abroad year (subject to additional costs, competitive application and meeting visa requirements). The range of career opportunities for mathematics and physics graduates is wide, ranging from jobs in statistics and finance, to commerce, science and technology, engineering, and education to name a few. Coventry University has a long tradition of teaching mathematics with a strong emphasis on its applications in practical situations.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say

The teaching staff are very knowledgeable and always willing to help. It makes my degree interesting and enjoyable. We cover a wide range of subjects and I can really see how they will apply in a future career.

Thalia Cooley, second year Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons)

Course information

This course explores traditional and modern concepts in the field of mathematics and physics. In addition, it also provides opportunities for you to develop sophisticated analytical skills, together with the reporting and presentation skills required to communicate arguments and conclusions effectively.

As well as providing an excellent grounding in science, we adopt a practical approach to applied mathematics, which should help you to gain experience in the use of computer software and computational methods.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Your first year lays the foundation for the study of mathematics and physics, including topics such as algebra, calculus, mechanics, waves and optics.

Throughout your studies, you will have opportunities to participate in a series of skills development sessions which should improve your digital literacy, as well as presentation and writing skills, particularly in a mathematical context. We will aim to familiarise you with a range of computational software related to the fields of mathematics and statistics, such as LaTeX, Excel, Python.

Modules

  • Waves, optics and probability

  • Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Mechanics

  • Introduction to real and numerical analysis

  • Professional and academic skills 1

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Year two is constructed on knowledge acquired during the previous year, and will provide you with the opportunity to dive into more technical and complex concepts of mathematics and physics.

Modules

  • Further Algebra and Calculus

  • Quantum Physics

  • Professional & Academic Skills 2

  • Thermo & Statistical Physics

  • Electromagnetism

  • Differential Equations

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. This opportunity is subject to availability, competitive application and meeting visa requirements. Further costs incurred as a result of the professional work placement or study abroad shall be borne by the student.

Modules

  • Professional work placement

  • Study abroad

Overview

Your final year gives you the opportunity to study further topics such as advanced fluid dynamics and cosmology. You will also engage in a dissertation project carrying out in-depth investigations in a field that interests you. Recent topics have covered areas such as graphs generated from music or text, network analysis and traffic modelling.

Modules

  • Advanced algebra and analysis

  • Individual Project

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics

  • Professional and academic skills 3

  • Optional modules

    2 from the following:

    • Cosmology
    • Partial differential equation
    • Thermodynamics and statistical physics
    • Fluid dynamics

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • You will be taught by staff who have a passion for science and a strong desire to share their knowledge (staff are subject to change).
  • Research staff-86% of our research outputs were deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • If your studies are followed by appropriate training and experience you should be on track to meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Mathematician with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
  • Coventry University has extensive industry links with potential future employers and placement opportunities with companies that have previously included: National Grid, GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals and Morgan Stanley financial services.
  • 92% of mathematics and physics students believe that staff are good at explaining things (National Student Survey (NSS) 2018).

The course has several main key themes, which upon successful completion, you could develop a variety of problem-solving skills and techniques. This is backed up by practical and academic skills, as well as scientific programming.

Through their studies, you will explore important transferable skills including both group and individual work, time management, written and verbal presentation to both experts and non-experts, and critical reflection on their own and others work.

Our main study themes are:

  • Developing Mathematical skills: With every mathematics modules, the course aims to lead students to become graduates with a solid understanding of mathematics, which should allow students to tackle and solve mathematical problems of real-world.
  • Developing a strong understanding of Physics and the Scientific Process: The course aims to give a good understanding of the scientific process as applied to physical phenomena, but also how this process can be applied more broadly.
  • Developing transferable skills: The course aims to equip students with transferable and professional skills which could help to prepare them for potential future employment in industry, business or education.

Upon successful completion, the course aims to:

  • equip students with problem-solving skills
  • transmit knowledge of mathematical and/or statistical software which could allow students to gain potential future employment in a wide range of professions
  • develop transferable skills such as critical reflection, clear communication, the ability to work as part of a team, and independent and creative thought.

The programme can be studied full-time over three years of study with the option of extending this to four years, by taking a sandwich year in the form of an industrial training placement or study abroad between Year 2 and Year 3*.

Throughout the course, we try to place great emphasis and explore practical skills development; some of your time being spent on computer laboratory sessions, which may involve the use of mathematical software to solve mathematical problems. We also run example classes covering things such as reviewing solutions to exercises.

You will have opportunities to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice. This means that you will have opportunities which aim to develop professional skills at the same time as you explore the technical content of your degree. In the past, projects have included asymptotic methods, chaotic systems and mathematics education.

We will encourage you to attend employer presentations organised by Coventry University and also run our own sessions, which have previously covered government operational research and included some of our past students talking about their job roles and careers.

*Industrial training placements and study abroad may be subject to application, availability, additional fees and meeting visa requirements.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, including tests and group work and practical work, for example presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained an understanding of:

  • The logical construction of a mathematical argument.
  • TThe application of mathematics to construct models and their resolution, with an appreciation of the validity of the model and the use of approximation.
  • The use a range of analytic and descriptive techniques.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of selected mathematical software and a selected programming or scripting languages and their use to extend capabilities.
  • A range of real-world applications of mathematics.

On successful completion of the course, you will have gained an understanding of:

  • Understanding, reproducing and generalising logical mathematical reasoning.
  • Organising and interpreting information and results from mathematical models.
  • Formulating physical theories in mathematical terms, the solution of the resulting equations, either analytically or numerically, and the physical interpretation of the solutions.
  • Use of specialist modern information technology packages and a programming language confidently.
  • Use of a wide range of information resources to acquire relevant information.

In a typical teaching week, you will normally have approximately up to 15-19 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: in Year 1 and Year 2 regular meetings are organized with personal academic tutor; in Year 3, regular meetings with project supervisor.
  • Medium group teaching: 6-12 hours of tutorials, laboratories and studio sessions each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6-12 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, for example guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

If you have a desire to gain international experience, there are opportunities to spend a year studying abroad*. In the past, students have been able to study mathematics in St Marcus University in California, University of Malta, Stockholm University in Sweden, also universities in the Netherlands, Germany and Australia. Courses in all these Universities are delivered in English.

The opportunity for a placement year means that we will aim to support you in applying for an internship anywhere in the world. Past students have gone to work in countries such as Malaysia, Belgium and Spain. Past students have gone to work in countries such as Malaysia, Belgium and Spain.

*Study abroad/internships/placements may be subject to application, availability, change, additional fees, and visa requirements.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

I found the intimate nature of my course to be one of my favourite aspects; being able to work more closely with lecturers is very constructive for my learning.

Paul Bowen, graduated with a first in 2016, now Assistant Lecturer at Coventry University

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU193
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB - BBB to include Mathematics at grade B or above. Excludes General Studies. Assessed on an individual basis 29 points to include 5 points in Mathematics at Higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma will be assessed on an individual basis.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0.

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What our students say

I found the intimate nature of my course to be one of my favourite aspects; being able to work more closely with lecturers is very constructive for my learning.

Paul Bowen, graduated with a first in 2016, graduated with a First in 2016, now Assistant Lecturer at Coventry University

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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September 2020

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International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

Course essentials – additional costs

International field trips, placement opportunities and/or study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting appropriate visa requirements.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say

I found the intimate nature of my course to be one of my favourite aspects; being able to work more closely with lecturers is very constructive for my learning.

Paul Bowen, graduated with a first in 2016, graduated with a First in 2016, now Assistant Lecturer at Coventry University

Career prospects

Studying mathematics and physics should help you to develop skills in logical thinking and statistical or strategic knowledge, which should demonstrate to potential future employers your advanced numerical and analytical ability.

Successful completion of a mathematics and physics degree could give you a significant advantage in the job market, which could open up a wide range of potential future career opportunities in industry, accountancy, banking, computer analysis, marketing, industrial design, management, and scientific research. You could be employed in a wide variety of roles, for example, as an actuarial analyst, actuary, forensic accountant, operational researcher, research scientist, teacher, statistician or stockbroker.

To improve your employment prospects and gain valuable professional experience, we strongly encourage you to spend a year on industrial training between Year 2 and Year 3*. The faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, aims to provide assistance to help and support you find an appropriate placement. *Industrial training may be subject to competitive application, availability, additional costs and meeting visa requirements.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career, aiming to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. Coventry University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services which could help you plan and prepare for potential future job roles.

Where our graduates work

Previous students have worked as Analysts at Southern trains, Continental, Ricardo, IBM, Warner Bros, Scottish Power, National Grid, Lumesse, GSK, Pfitzer, E.ON and Cummins.

Recent graduates have embarked on Finance Graduate Schemes as a customer services analyst, graduate actuary, information analyst and trainee accountant for companies like E-On, National Grid, Thames Water, NHS, Hodge Lifetime Solutions and Prime Accountants. Others have also used their qualifications to progress into teaching careers, as well as postgraduate study to obtain MSc, MPhil and PhD qualifications.

What our students say

I found the intimate nature of my course to be one of my favourite aspects; being able to work more closely with lecturers is very constructive for my learning.

Paul Bowen, graduated with a first in 2016, graduated with a First in 2016, now Assistant Lecturer at Coventry University
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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