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MATHEMATICS BSC. G100, MASTER OF MATHEMATICS MMATH G103, MATHEMATICS AND BUSINESS STUDIES G1NC.
Normal Load = 120 CATS. Maximum Load = 150 CATS.
Students must take the 8 core modules (total 90 CATS), plus options. List A modules have a high mathematical content.
MATHEMATICS AND ECONOMICS GL11
The first year is in common with the BSc Mathematics degree course G100, with the addition of EC107 Economics I and ST112 Probability B as additional core modules (total core of 126 CATS).
MATHEMATICS AND PHILOSOPHY GV17
The first year is in common with the BSc Mathematics degree course G100, with the addition of PH121 Issues In Philosophy, PH136 Logic 1: Introduction to Symbolic Logic and PH131 Doing Philosophy of Mathematics, as additional core modules and with MA124 Maths by Computer becoming List A (total core of 120 CATS).
Note. The Mathematics Department does not make first year List A modules compulsory, in order to give students (including those on joint degree courses) freedom of choice in building their options. However, the List A modules are important for many subsequent pure and applied maths modules, and we recommend that first year students take as many as possible to maintain flexibility for future maths modules. Choosing options is discussed here, and the first year List A options are discussed below.
For a full list of available modules see the relevent course regulation page.
Of the core, the modules MA131 Analysis, MA133 Differential Equations, MA106 Linear ALgebra and MA134 Geometry and Motion are designated as being "required cores". This means that all first years must pass these modules (at 40%) either in the Summer exams or the resit exams the following September, in order to progress in to the second year.
GL11 students must in addition pass EC107, and GV17 students the three core PH modules PH121, PH136 and PH131.
|MA125||Introduction to Geometry||6||List A|
|MA136||Introduction to Abstract Algebra||6||Core|
|Term 1 & 2||MA131||Analysis I and II||24||Core|
|Term 2||MA106||Linear Algebra||12||Core|
|MA124||Maths by Computer||6||Core|
|MA134||Geometry and Motion||12||Core|
|MA117||Programming for Scientists||12||List B|
|Term 3||MA112||Experimental Maths||6||List A|
First year mathematics students interested in transferring to MORSE (Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics) should include the following modules among their options
EC106 Introduction to Quantitative Economics(24 CATS, Terms 1-2);
IB104 Mathematical Programming I (7.5 or 12 CATS, Term 3);
ST112 Probability B (6 CATS, Term 2)
This would allow transfer into the second year of MORSE, which consists of roughly equal proportions from the four participating departments (Statistics, Economics, Business Studies and Mathematics). Further details of MORSE can be obtained from the Statistics Department.
Both Probability A (core) and Probability B are also essential for any further Statistics options in later years.
|Terms 2 and 3||ST104||ST104 Statistical Laboratory I||12||List B|
|Term 2||ST111||Probability A
Mathematics & Economics (GL11) students should refer to the Economics Undergraduate handbook and to the section on
joint degree courses in this handbook.
Other mathematics students (G100 or G103, BSc or MMath) may take EC106 Introduction to Qualitative Economics as an option. [Note: Maths & Economics students do NOT take EC106.] It is designed to be suitable for Mathematics students, and a good performance in this module >55% is a prerequisite for some optional second and third year Economics modules. See the Economics Department Undergraduate handbook, which also contains details of other more specialized first year economics options.
|Terms 1 & 2
||EC106||Introduction to Quantitative Economics||24
||List B (not GL11)
|EC107||Economics I||30||Core (GL11 only)|
Mathematics students should note that at least one 1st year programming module, or the ability to program in a high level language, is a prerequisite for most Computer Science modules in Years 2 and 3. There are two roughly equivalent high level programming modules. CS118 Programming for Computer Scientists which is taken by Computer Science students, and MA117 Programming for Scientists which is available to all Mathematics students as an option. MA117 satisfies the programming prerequisite for Computer Science options.
Students considering transferring to the Discrete Mathematics G4G1 degree should take the modules Discrete Mathhematics & its Applications 2 as well as MA117 Programming for Scientists.
|Term 2||CS126||Design of Information Structures||15||List B|
|CS137||Discrete Mathematics & its Applications 2
Physics options for Mathematics students: Weekly problem sheets are issued for all the first year Physics modules. Any combination of Physics options may be taken. However, the Physics Department recommends the following modules and combinations, especially for students who may wish to transfer to the Maths and Physics degree at the end of the first year.
- PX101 Quantum Phenomena. This module deals from first principles with one of the major components of modern Physics. It leads on to several options in 2nd year Physics (see the second year options for details).
- PX148 Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity
- PX120 Electricity and Magnetism. These lectures treat the classical description of the behaviour of particles, waves and matter.
||Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity||12||List B
|Term 2||PX120||Electricity and Magnetism||12||List B|
||Introduction to Astronomy||6||List B|
||Introduction to Particle Physics||6||List B|
||Quantum Phenomena||6||List B|
Students wishing to follow modules in Philosophy should register for these modules at the start of Term 1, using the online registration system.
In order to follow 2nd or 3rd year Philosophy honours modules students must normally first have completed a total of 30 CATS of Philosophy modules at the first year level. Those in doubt should consult the module tutor of the relevant module.
Students on the Mathematics and Philosophy joint degree take the following three modules in their first year: PH121 Issues in Philosophy (term 1); PH131 Doing Philosophy of Mathematics (term 2); PH136 Logic I: Introduction to Symbolic Logic (term 2).
Mathematics students are also eligible for a transfer to Mathematics and Philosophy if they take the same module combination in their first year. See the Philosophy Department's website
|Term 1||PH121||Issues in Philosophy||12||Core||
|PH128||Descartes and Mill||12||List B
|PH131||Doing Philosophy of Mathematics||12||Core||-|
|Term 3||PH123||Elements of Scientific Methods||6||List B||List B|
Warwick Business School
Information for all WBS modules can be found here.
||IB104||Mathematical Programming I||7.5 or 12
The Language Centre offers academic modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish at a wide range of levels. These modules are available for exam credit as unusual options to mathematicians in all years. Pick up a leaflet listing the modules from the Language Centre, on the ground floor of the Humanities Building by the Central Library. Full descriptions are available on request. Note that you may only take one language module (whether as an Unusual Option or from List B) for credit in each year. From October 2013 language modules are available as whole year modules, or smaller term long modules. Both options are available to maths students. These modules may carry 24 (12) or 30 (15) CATS and that is the credit you get. But, where a language module is offered at a choice of 24 (12) or 30 (15) CATS, you MUST choose the 24 (12) CATS version.
From October 2011 3rd and 4th year students cannot take beginners level (level 1) Language modules.
There is also an extensive and very popular programme of lifelong learning language classes provided by the centre to the local community, with discounted fees for Warwick students. Enrolment is from 9am on Wednesday of week 1. These classes do not count as credit towards your degree.
The Language Centre also offers audiovisual and computer self-access facilities, with appropriate material for individual study at various levels in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. (This kind of study may improve your mind, but it does not count for exam credit.)
Important note for students who pre-register for Language Centre modules
It is essential that you confirm your module pre-registration by coming to the Language Centre as soon as you can during week one of the new academic year. If you do not confirm your registration, your place on the module cannot be guaranteed. If you decide, during the summer, NOT to study a language module and to change your registration details, please have the courtesy to inform the Language Centre of the amendment.
Information on modules can be found at
Mathematics students interested in taking Engineering modules in later years should see the page for year 2 and 3 modules for any prerequisites. Details of all engineering modules can be found on the Engineering web pages.
After completing the first year students will have
- made the transition in learning style and pace from school to university mathematics;
- been introduced to the basic concepts in university mathematics, in particular proof, rigour and calculations;
- begun the study of the foundational core;
- acquired knowledge, understanding and techniques necessary to proceed to the second year.