The BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics degree aims to provide a broad education in mathematics, including pure and applied mathematics, allowing you to prepare for a range of career options, as well as combining this with fundamental and applied physics. Along with problem-solving skills and computational training, this degree aims to provide you with a well-rounded experience.
This programme meets the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, (awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications), when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.
This programme is also recognised by the Institute of Physics.
How You Study
The School of Mathematics and Physics is dedicated to achieving excellence in research and aims to provide a friendly, approachable culture for students to join.
This specialist programme provides the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the fascinating fields of mathematics and physics, and to develop the knowledge and problem-solving skills vital to modern science and technology.
The curriculum provides a thorough foundation in analytical and numerical methods, practical scientific skills and research techniques. Students have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills, for example in the fields of communication and problem-solving.
The course is taught via lectures, problem-solving classes, computer-based classes and seminars. There is an average of 12 hours of contact study per week (additional student-managed independent study is required).
In the first year, you have the chance to benefit from an additional three hours per week of problem-solving tutorials. In addition, the School of Mathematics and Physics runs a tutor system for first-year students, providing one-hour weekly tutor sessions in small groups.
You study a broad range of mathematical topics, comprising both compulsory and elective modules.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
The course is assessed through a variety of means, including tests, course work, examinations, written reports and oral presentations.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BBC, to include a grade B from both A-Level Maths and Physics
- Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points, including 40 points from 15 credits in Maths and 15 credits in Physics
- International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, with Higher Level Grade 5 in Maths and Physics
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English and Maths. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
About the School
Since being opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996, the University of Lincoln has invested more than £300 million in its buildings and facilities.