St Thomas More RC Academy Why choose Mathematics or Mathematics related degree? Careers Day July 1st 2014 Phil Ansell, Jack Smith and Phil Boyle ©School of Mathematics & Statistics Outline • Introductions • Mathematics and related degree programmes • Course content • Job opportunities • Admission process and personal statements Who we are (Dr Phil Ansell) Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics & Statistics at Newcastle University: • Teach 1st and 2nd year courses in statistics and probability • Teach 2nd year statistics courses for psychology and Civil Engineering students • Research: Drug Treatment Strategies, Queueing Systems, Analysis of Sports Data • Admissions, Recruitment, Outreach Key message! • Mathematics and Mathematics related graduates are: • highly sought after by employers; • have high starting salaries on average; • can go into a wide variety of graduate jobs What are your options? Many Universities offer: • Mathematics • Mathematics and Statistics • Statistics Lots of Universities offer: • MMath • MMathStat What are your options? Also available are “with” degrees, e.g. • Mathematics with Management • Financial Mathematics Joint Honours in Mathematics and X, e.g. • Accounting, Computing, Economics, Psychology etc.... Other possibilities that could include some Mathematics, e.g. • Natural Sciences • Combined Honours/Studies • Physics Some University degrees where A-level Mathematics is important Accountancy Actuarial Studies Aeronautical Engineering Architecture Biochemistry Biology Business Chemical Engineering Chemistry Computing Dentistry Dietetics Economics Electronic Engineering Environmental Science Geography Geology and Earth Sciences Management Materials Science Mathematics and Statistics Mechanical Engineering Medicine Optometry Pharmacy Physics Physiotherapy Psychology Sports Science Surveying Veterinary Science Red: Almost always necessary Orange: Sometimes necessary Green: Useful What will you study? • Most Mathematics and Statistics degree programmes contain: – Mathematical Methods – Pure Mathematics – Applied Mathematics – Statistics • “with”, Joint Honours and Combined degrees take the same modules but fewer of them! 1st Year (Newcastle University) An overview of the first year modules (the ones in BOLD are compulsory): Semester One Introduction to Calculus (15) Linear Algebra: Vectors and Matrices (15) Sets and Counting (10) Problem Solving and Computing I (10) Optimisation with Constraints* (10) Semester Two Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations (15) Probability and Statistics (15) Number Systems (10) Problem Solving and Computing II (10) Dynamics* (10) * Can be replaced by modules from other Schools (subject to timetable): e.g. Accounting, Computing, Languages, Psychology, Economics, Biology, Business Management, Geography, Music, History, ... 2nd Year (Newcastle University) An overview of the second year modules (the ones in BOLD are compulsory): Semester One Pure Mathematics (20) Applied Mathematics (10) Statistics (10) Computing (10) Key Skills and Career Development* (10) Semester Two Pure Mathematics (10) Applied Mathematics (20) Statistics (20) Group Project* (10) * Can be replaced by modules from other Schools (subject to timetable and appropriate skills being developed): e.g. Accounting, Computing, Languages, Psychology, Economics, Biology, Business Management, Geography, Music, History, ... 3rd Year (Newcastle University) Numerical and Computational Modelling Partial Differential Equations with Applications Introductory Fluids Relativity and Cosmology Instabilities and Turbulence Differential Equations, Transform Methods & Fields Electromagnetism Foundations of Group Theory Linear Analysis Topology Geometries and Designs Number Theory and Cryptography Stochastic Calculus and Applications Coding Theory Geometric Group Theory Applied Probability Statistical Modelling Stochastic Financial Modelling Time Series and Forecasting Multivariate Data Analysis Bayesian Statistics Survival Analysis Randomized Clinical Trials Discrete Stochastic Modelling Mathematical Education Degree Structure 4 year degree (MMath/MMathStat) 1st, 2nd and 3rd years are very similar to 3 year BSc 4th year includes: Advanced Modules Project (Dissertation, Poster and Presentation) Possibility to interact with world-leading researchers in hot research topics! Examples of recent projects: Modelling Magnetic Activity in the Sun Bayesian inference for ranking models applied to Formula One data The Riemann Mapping Theorem Jack Smith • A-levels : Maths, Further Maths, French (Music) • Extra Curricular – Football, Guitar, Columbus Fellowship, Part Time Job • Work Experience – Week at Scottish Widows Accounting, Audit, Actuarial, Finance • 2nd year going into 3rd – MMath – Applied Jack Smith • Modules – Chaos, Bayesian Stats, Finance, Computing, Turbulence… so much variety A-level to Degree • Tougher Work! • Independent – Work, Living, Waking Up… • So much fun! Jack Smith • Future… Completely undecided! • Graduate Schemes • Aim to gain experience in as many areas as possible. Where is Maths and Stats used? • • • • • • • • Business and Management Finance and Economics Aerodynamics Pharmaceuticals Medicine Logistics, Communication and Security Energy production (wave and wind power) Extreme weather events Job Opportunities Accountant Air Traffic Controller Aircraft Designer Computer Game Designer Software Developer Consultant Government Statistics Cryptographer Risk Management Lecturer Actuary Crime Analysis Teacher Further Study ... But more importantly..... What you gain from a Maths & Stats degree: Numerical Skills Problem Solving Skills Presentation Skills Experience of Team Work Experience of Report Writing Analytical Skills Statistical Skills ... Example • In a warehouse you obtain a 20% discount but you must pay a 15% sales tax • Question: Which would you prefer to have calculated first? Discount or Tax? • Let’s try some examples.... Solution • It looks like it doesn’t matter! • Can we explain it for all cases? • A 20% discount is the same as paying 80% of it • Adding 15% is the same as paying 115% of it • Discount first: you pay • Tax first : you pay • Can we generalise? 1.15 x (0.8 x £100) 0.8 x (1.15 x £100) Admissions at Newcastle University • The standard offer is AAA-AAB • Further mathematics is not required, but of course is helpful! (less than 50% of our students have this) • PARTNERS students may be given a lower offer with an additional requirement of completing the PARTNERS Summer School • Offers for Joint Honours combinations are typically AAB and Combined Honours typically AAA-AAB • Once you have your offer, we will invite you to a School Open Day, where you can find out more details about the degree programmes that we offer and you can talk to current students and staff. There is also a tour of the University and Newcastle. Parents are very welcome and have some separate sessions Phil Boyle • A Level - Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics • Top Modules - Cryptography, Randomized Clinical Trials, Quantum Mechanics • 4th Year Project - Pattern Formation in Superfluids • Work Experience - Sellafield, University summer placement Why Do Maths at Newcastle? • Great course • 4th Year option • Great city • MathSoc • Job opportunities Personal statements When are they used? • When making an offer or inviting for interview • As the basis for an interview or chat with academic member of staff • After the A-level results have come out Personal statements (Maths & Stats) Newcastle University: • Personal statements help the discussion when students meet staff at Postapplication Open Day • Personal statement used after results have been published to help choose between “near-miss” candidates Making a good impression The personal statement is an opportunity for you to demonstrate: • Why you would be a good student for the programme you are applying to • Why the university should select your application over those of other candidates A chance for you to sell yourself! Structure Things to consider • Choice of course • School/college experience • Work experience • Outside school/college experience • Concluding statement Summary • Mathematics and related degrees are excellent choice of degree programme • Good career opportunities • Variety of degrees available – research the options and entry requirements • Take care over your personal statement • Good luck!!