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Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics With a Professional Placement Year

Cardiff University
5 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: UK and EU - 15 Jan; International Students - 30 June

Program description

Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics With a Professional Placement Year

This five year degree combines the advanced study of mathematics, statistics and operational research with an employability-enhancing third-year working in a paid role.

The MMORS with a Professional Placement Year is a great choice if you would like to gain a deeper understanding of Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics while gaining some real-world experience in a paid mathematician and/or statistician role. The course expands on the BSc to prepare you for high-level entry into relevant professions. It’s also a solid base for pursuing a research career.

In a competitive graduate job market, a placement can help you gain extra skills and experience to make you stand out from the crowd. It could help you to secure a permanent role after you graduate, as well as providing real-world context to support your studies. If you're not sure what career path to follow, it's a great opportunity to explore your options. It might help you make those all-important decisions about your future.

Our current students are taking advantage of our strong industry links and completing exciting placements in:

  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Ministry of Defence
  • NHS Wales
  • Nationwide
  • BAE Systems
  • IBM

Distinctive features

  • Specialist knowledge - Alongside learning a broad range of advanced mathematical techniques, you will gain specialist knowledge and skills through extensive coverage of topics beyond the scope of the BSc degree.
  • Project-based year - During your final year, you will have the opportunity to complete a substantial project at an advanced level in an area of your choice.
  • Professional Placement Year - Spend your third year in paid work as a mathematician or statistician where you can gain valuable work experience and develop your professional skills. We have strong links with industry and a dedicated placements team to help you find a placement and support you during your time there.
  • Professional award consideration - If you complete the professional training period, you can be considered for the City and Guilds Senior Licentiateship Award (LCGI).
  • Support facilities - Your personal tutor is able to offer advice, in confidence, on both academic and non-academic matters. Plus, you will have access to weekly tutorials, supervised computer laboratories, and daily drop-in sessions for one-to-one support.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAA - AAB including Grade A in Maths. Please note that General Studies are not accepted for entry.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Elementary Differential Equations
  • Geometry
  • Foundations of Mathematics I
  • Foundations of Mathematics II
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Introduction to Probability Theory
  • Statistical Inference
  • Computing for Mathematics
  • Fundamental skills for University and Beyond
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Finance I: Financial Markets and Corporate Financial Management
  • Operational Research
  • Complex Analysis
  • Series and Transforms
  • Real Analysis
  • Linear Algebra II
  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus
  • Foundations of Probability and Statistics
  • Modelling with Differential Equations
  • Groups
  • Programming and Statistics
  • Mathematical Investigations with Python
  • Finance II: Investment Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Industrial Training
  • Regression Analysis and Experimental DesignTime Series Analysis and Forecasting
  • Optimisation
  • Complex Function Theory
  • Combinatorics
  • Introduction to Functional and Fourier Analysis
  • Coding Theory
  • Introduction to Number Theory 2
  • Theoretical and Computational Partial Differential Equations
  • Methods of Applied Mathematics
  • Stochastic Processes for Finance and Insurance
  • Official Statistics
  • Multivariate Data Analysis
  • Algorithms and Heuristics
  • Game Theory
  • Stochastic OR Models
  • Mathematical Methods for Data Mining
  • Behavioural Finance
  • MMath Project
  • Measure Theory
  • Combinatorial and Analytic Number Theory
  • Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Physics
  • Advanced Topics in Analysis: Sobolev Spaces and Viscosity Solutions
  • Statistics of Big Data
  • Credit Risk Scoring
  • Advanced Use of Statistical Packages
  • Convex Optimisation
  • Stochastic Search and Optimisation
  • Supply Chain Modelling
  • Healthcare Modelling
  • Reading Module

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £21,950

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An analytical approach to problem solving
  • An understanding of the ideas of proof, calculus, algebra, analysis and applied mathematics
  • An enhanced understanding of abstract mathematical concepts, logical arguments and deductive reasoning
  • Mathematical reasoning and manipulation
  • An ability to analyse and interpret data and to apply modern statistical methods
  • An ability to use some cutting edge operational research techniques to solve real life problems
  • An understanding of the underlying principles and mathematical theories underpinning modern statistics and operational research

The Placement additionally allows you to demonstrate

  • Experience of applying mathematical concepts in an industrial environment
  • Awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Commitment to professional standards

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to formulate and solve mathematical models
  • The skills of using analytical and logical thinking to draw conclusions based on quantitative information.
  • Communication skills and the ability to communicate mathematical knowledge and understanding.
  • Plan and conduct a piece of novel research

The Placement year additionally allows you to demonstrate

  • Self-reflection and motivation
  • Leadership
  • Self-direction in solving unseen problems

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Use of a number of modern software packages
  • Proficiency in performing experiments in laboratory classes, demonstrating analytical and investigative skills
  • The ability to assimilate and communicate detailed mathematical arguments
  • Report writing skills, the ability to write coherently and clearly and to give presentations.

The Placement Year allows you to demonstrate

  • Use of software in an industrial setting

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Logical reasoning
  • Independent thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • The ability to apply mathematical skills to solve problems
  • Use of information technology and library resources
  • Time and workload management
  • Working with others
  • Self management and organisational skills.
  • The ability to conduct independent research

The Placement Year allows you to demonstrate

  • Work experience in a Maths related job

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