Maths at Warwick
A little bit of information about the Maths course at Warwick for all our prospective students! These are some of the main reasons why I chose to study Maths at Warwick, and I hope they help you to make your University choices this Summer or give you something to look forward to this Autumn!
You might start Warwick with a Bsc in mind, but graduate with an Mmath with a year studying abroad in Europe! Or you might decide MathsPhys, MathsStat or MORSE are better routes for you. The fantastic thing at Warwick is that you can. The flexibility of the course is designed to give you the opportunity to really make the most of your degree – finding where you excel and what you enjoy. The course is designed to leave doors open not closed. If you decide in your second year of a Bsc that you love Maths and you love Warwick, the transition to an Mmath is practically seamless. In all cases there are some module requirements that you must be aware of, but there’s plenty of guidance along the way!
Studying abroad is the most incredible opportunity that, in the eyes of some people and some universities is kept for those who study languages or the arts. Not at Warwick. Warwick’s Maths department has links with over 23 European universities, everywhere from Bern to Lisbon to Paris, as well as international links with the likes of Monash with campuses in both Australia and Malaysia. Not only is the opportunity for you to study abroad available, but you also have the choice between it counting towards an integrated Master’s degree (G106) or simply incorporating it as an extra year for your personal, cultural and academic development (G105). Again a testament to the flexibility of the course, you can move between G100 (Bsc), G103 (MMath), G105 and G106 throughout your second year at Warwick, and even between G105 and -6 throughout the year abroad.
The course structure for the Bsc goes something like this: first year – 75% core; second year – 55 % core; third year – no core modules. You have so much choice in how you fill up the remaining CATS of your degree! Warwick offer a whole range of optional Maths modules with pure modules covering topics ranging from Combinatorial Optimisation, Topology, Set theory, PDEs, ODEs – you name it! Or, if the more applied side of Mathematics interests you, there are plenty of modules available covering Computer Science, Logic, Finance or Quantum Mechanics! Perhaps, one of the most enticing perks of the course is – it doesn’t stop there: the Maths department also offer “Unusual Options”, so whilst you’re not in MS.02, you might be studying Japanese or learning about the Challenges of Climate Change or Applied Imagination!
One module in particular that I think must be quite unique to the course at Warwick is the third (and fourth) year Reading Module. I won’t bore you with the details here, but essentially the Reading module gives you the chance to sit an exam on a topic completely of your choice! More information can be found here – https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/maths/undergrad/ughandbook/year3/ma372/. The second and third year Essay modules give you a similar opportunity for independent study pursuing your own interests, but this time through coursework rather than an examination.
One last thing to mention before we move on! The normal load of CATS every year is 120, but at Warwick you’re allowed to take up to 30 extra CATS – which means you’re able to study up to two full extra modules each year if that interests you! Your grade at the end of the year will then be your best 120 CATS’ average. In turn, this feature of the course can act both as a safety net and a way to explore as many different modules as possible over the course of your degree!
Teaching at Warwick consists of about 20 hours a week although it’s split up into very different styles – lectures, tutorials, supervisions and seminars. To me, the multifaceted approach to teaching really gives students the chance to reach their full potential. Whilst material is taught in lectures, it’s the seminars and supervisions where we really get to develop, explore and consolidate our knowledge of the subject. Supervisions and tutorials are generally held in groups of five, giving the opportunity not only to ask questions and engage, but also to get to work closely with some of your peers.
I hope this has helped give a little bit of insight into what the course at Warwick is like! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!