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Course Overview


Mathematics is a powerful universal language used to describe situations in abstract terms. At the heart of manipulation with abstract mathematical objects are precision, logical thinking and reasoning skills. Studying and doing mathematics requires a high level of communication skills. Employers highly value these skills and the subsequent versatility of our graduates.

The Gaelic Studies aspect of the degree programme can be studied at beginner, intermediate or advanced level to suit.

Both the MA and BSc Mathematics degrees study the same core maths courses. The difference comes in the choices that students can make through their optional courses.

LEARNING MODE On Campus Learning
DURATION 48 months
What You'll Study
How You'll Study

Compulsory Courses

Calculus i (NT1005) – 15 Credit Points
Algebra (NT1006) – 15 Credit Points
Calculus II (NT1508) – 15 Credit Points
Set Theory (NT1511) – 15 Credit Points
Professional Skills Part 1 (NT1001)

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:


  • Gaelic for Beginners 1A (NT1007)
  • Gaelic for Beginners 1B (NT1507)


  • Gaelic Language 1A (NT1013)
  • Gaelic Language 1B (NT1513)

Select further credit points from courses of choice to reach 120 credit points.

Gaelic for Beginners 1a (NT1007) – 15 Credit Points
Gaelic for Beginners 1b (NT1507) – 15 Credit Points
Gaelic Language 1a (NT1013) – 15 Credit Points
Gaelic Language 1b (NT1513) – 15 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

Linear Algebra i (NT2008) – 15 Credit Points
Analysis i (NT2009) – 15 Credit Points
Linear Algebra II (NT2508) – 15 Credit Points
Analysis II (NT2509) – 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following options:


  • Gaelic for Advanced Beginners 2A (NT2009)
  • Gaelic for Advanced Beginners 2B (NT2509)


  • Gaelic Language 2A (NT2013)
  • Gaelic Language 2B (NT2513)

Plus 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Gaelic for Advanced Beginners 2a (NT2009) – 15 Credit Points
Gaelic for Advanced Beginners 2b (NT2509) – 15 Credit Points
Gaelic Language 2a (NT2013) – 15 Credit Points
Gaelic Language 2b (NT2513) – 15 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

Gaelic Language (Non Honours) (NT3021) – 30 Credit Points
Group Theory (NT3020) – 15 Credit Points
Rings and Fields (NT3531) – 15 Credit Points
Metric and Topological Spaces (NT3036) – 15 Credit Points
Differential Equations (NT3536) – 15 Credit Points
Analysis III (NT3035) – 15 Credit Points
Analysis Iv (NT3535) – 15 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

Project (NT4023) – 15 Credit Points
Galois Theory (NT4082) – 15 Credit Points
Complex Analysis (NT4557) – 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 45 credit points from level 4 Mathematical Sciences  courses, plus 30 credit points from courses of choice, including those from Gaelic Studies .

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Mathematics with Gaelic?

Why Gaelic Studies

  • Strong tradition of commitment to Gaelic, and a University Gaelic Language Plan to promote and develop Gaelic in the University in line with the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005.
  • Close links with the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, and its literary magazine, Causeway / Cabhsair, which frequently includes poems and short stories from established and new Gaelic writers.
  • Student-run Celtic Society famous for its musical events, ceilidhs and trips, and a great opportunity to use Gaelic in an informal, social context.
  • The spectacular, award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, with an extensive Gaelic collection and treasures, including the 10th century Book of Deer with some of the oldest examples of Gaelic writing to have survived from medieval Scotland.
  • An intensive summer school, giving students the chance to practise their Gaelic language skills in a friendly, natural environment.
  • A strong Gaelic theme in the University’s popular May Festival at which thousands attend to hear world-famous authors, poets, public figures, scientists and other experts, and debate big issues in arts, literature, and current affairs.
  • A warm welcome for students whatever your level of Gaelic, and long-standing experience in teaching this fascinating language to complete beginners.

Why Mathematics

  • We offer a challenging syllabus which emphasises reasoning, rigour and the argumentative side of mathematics.
  • Our ambition is to give you a sound preparation for a career in which mathematics plays a role, whether it be in research or through applications.
  • We offer excellent student experience delivered by enthusiastic staff combined with small class sizes, approximately 25 or less in the Honours years.
  • We offer a degree in Pure Mathematics and degree in Applied Mathematics to suit your taste and interests. You will only need to make the choice in your 3rd year.
  • We offer a range of choices with your degree programme, across both the sciences (BSc) and the Arts (MA). You can focus your attention entirely on Mathematics or you can spread your interests to combine it with other subjects.
  • We offer attractive joint degrees with Economics, Physics and other disciplines, including languages.
  • The department run a number of key events and seminars throughout the year, giving you the chance to network with students and academics.
  • Interactions with applied maths are fostered through our involvement in the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, comprised of the Department of Mathematics together with the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology.


There are many opportunities at the Northampton University to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.


 Your Employability

The University Careers and Employability Service aims to inspire and support your career success through collaboration, innovation and professionalism. We provide our students and recent graduates with the advice and information they need for effective career planning and skill development along with opportunities for networking and connecting with employers. 

        Entry requirements


        SQA Highers

        Standard: AABB*

        Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

        Minimum: BBB*

        Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

        Adjusted: BB*

        Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

        * Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

        A LEVELS

        Standard: BBB*

        Minimum: BBC*

        Adjusted: CCC*

        * Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

        International Baccalaureate

        32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

        * Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

        Irish Leaving Certificate

        5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

        * Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

        English Language Requirements

        English Language Requirements

        To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Northampton University it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:


        IELTS Academic:

        OVERALL – 6.0 with: Listening – 5.5; Reading – 5.5; Speaking – 5.5; Writing – 6.0

        TOEFL iBT:

        OVERALL – 78 with: Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing – 21

        PTE Academic:

        OVERALL – 54 with: Listening – 51; Reading – 51; Speaking – 51; Writing – 54

        Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

        OVERALL – 169 with: Listening – 162; Reading – 162; Speaking – 162; Writing – 169

        How to apply


        This programm by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. 

        We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test

        Documentation required

        Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

        Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

        • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
        • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
        • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
        • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

        If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

        After you apply

        After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.

        Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

        You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

        • You may be offered a place unconditionally
        • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
        • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
          View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
        Terms and conditions of admissions
        • The University’s terms and conditions form part of your contract with the University, and you should read them, and our data protection policy, carefully before applying.

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