At Queen’s we treat pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and operational research and theoretical physics as distinct subjects, yet with many close links. In each, the ideas and methods met at school are extended and new areas opened up. Mathematics students study both pure and applied mathematics in their first year.
Pure Mathematics focuses on the reasons why mathematical processes work, leading to a better understanding of how to recognise the circumstances where they don’t work, what to do instead in those situations and how to evolve new techniques and results.
Applied Mathematics studies the mathematical modelling of real-life problems from areas such as finance, biology, medicine and physics.
Statistics is the science of data and is concerned with drawing sound inferences from a limited amount of data.
Operational Research deals with the applications of mathematics to problems in the organisation and management of industry and commerce.
Theoretical Physics is the formulation and mathematical development of fundamental physical theories, such as mechanics, relativity, cosmology and thermodynamics.
The main possibilities are:
BSc in Mathematics
Most of our students take a BSc degree in Mathematics. In the first year they study pure and applied mathematics plus, usually, statistics and operational research, or computer science or physics; other options include languages, philosophy, music and many others.
BSc in Theoretical Physics
This degree is similar to the joint degree in applied mathematics and physics, especially the first two years. After that it focuses on the theoretical physics modules in applied mathematics.
BSc in Mathematics with Finance
Mathematics has a strong association with the Financial Services Technology Industry. Our Maths graduates are employed by world-leading companies in this field. Starting in 2012 we have a new degree, Mathematics with Finance (BSc), providing a strong mathematics training with extra software and business skills that provide the pathway to highly-paid jobs, both locally and internationally.
MSci in Mathematics and MSci in Theoretical Physics
The extra year allows for greater breadth and depth of study as well as extended project work. The MSci is intended for students who wish to pursue a significant amount of mathematics in their subsequent careers, or who simply wish to broaden their understanding of mathematics.