Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Mathematics Options

Choosing your options in mathematics is an important part of the Maths/Physics degree in the second, third and fourth years. Whereas it is possible in the first year to cover all the key areas of mathematics, this is very difficult in the second and later years - even for students studying maths on its own.

The maths modules can be loosely grouped into the four categories shown below. The natural areas for maths/physics students to concentrate on are Applied Mathematics and Analysis. The categories are rough and ready. Within the Applied Mathematics section, good modules to consider are the modules which are about physics or the mathematics directly used in physics. These are listed in the dropdown menu Mathematical Physics on the right-hand side. You should note that not all modules are taught every year and that from time to time new modules may be introduced and others discontinued.

Only the modules which would normally be taken by a significant number of Maths/Physics students are included in the course regulations and these are predominantly from the categories Applied Mathematics and Analysis. However, you are free to take almost any other module available to mathematics students as unusual options. Please note that you may not take Mathematical Methods for Physicists nor Mathematical Methods for Physicists III (which cover material you meet in the modules Vector Analysis, Partial Differential Equations and Variational Principles), nor may you take MA117 Programming for Scientists after year 1. To take an unusual option, you should obtain the necessary permission from the lecturer offering the module. You should then complete an unusual option form (available from the Undergraduate Office - Room 568).

The second year mathematics modules which are core for mathematics students but not for maths/physics students are Algebra I: Advanced Linear Algebra, Algebra II: Groups and Rings, Norms, Metrics and Topologies.

You can 'sample' more options than you are required to take before committing yourself. However, lecture modules are taught on the basis that you are keeping up with the material and completing the problem sheets.

In addition to the options listed, it is possible to take certain other modules, offered by other departments, as so-called `Unusual Options'; If you wish to avail yourself of this possibility you must consult your Personal Tutor, in advance, in order to obtain the necessary permission (you will also need to obtain approval from the department offering the module).

In the lists below, most of the maths modules are listed. However, you should note that the provision does change from year to year. Fourth year (Maths List C) modules are in italics. Modules marked with an asterisk are those which are not listed explicitly in the Maths/Physics course regulations.

Applied Mathematics

Second Year
Partial Differential Equations (core); Multivariable Calculus (core); Methods of Mathematical Physics (core); Physics of Fluids (core); Numerical Analysis; Theory of ODEs; Variational Principles (core); Introduction to Systems Biology;

Third and Fourth Years
Fluid Dynamics (core for MMathsPhys students); Topics in Mathematical Biology; Problem Solving*; Theory of PDEs; Numerical Analysis and PDEs*; Markov Processes and Percolation Theory*; Control Theory*; Bifurcations, Catastrophes and Symmetry*; Mathematical Modelling and PDEs*; Approximation Theory and Applications*; Dynamical Systems; Quantum Mechanics: Basic Principles and Probabilistic Methods; Population Dynamics: Ecology and Epidemiology*; Brownian Motion*; Analytical Fluid Mechanics*; Applied Dynamical Systems*; Atmospheric Dynamics*; Structures of Complex Systems; Math Modelling in Biology and Medicine*; Statistical Mechanics; Large Deviation Theory*; Mathematical Acoustics


Second Year
Analysis III (1-10, core); Norms, Metrics and Topologies

Third and Fourth Years
Complex Analysis; Measure Theory; Functional Analysis I: Applied Analysis; Functional Analysis II: Linear Analysis; Manifolds*; Ergodic Theory*; Fourier Analysis; Riemann Surfaces*; Stochastic Analysis*; Advanced PDEs; Modular Forms*; Advanced Real Analysis*; Complex Function Theory*;

Algebra, Combinatorics and Number Theory

Second Year
Combinatorics*; Algebra I: Advanced Linear Algebra; Algebra II: Groups and Rings; Combinatorial Optimization*; Introduction to Number Theory*

Third and Fourth Years
Rings and Modules*; Algebraic Number Theory*; Galois Theory*; Groups and Representations*; Commutative Algebra*; Set Theory*; Tensors, Spinors and Rotations*; Combinatorics II*;Group Theory*; Lie Algebras*; Representation Theory*; Lie Groups*; Geometric Group Theory*; Ring Theory*; Graph Theory*;

Geometry and Topology

Second Year

Third and Fourth Years
Fractal Geometry*; Geometry of Curves and Surfaces*; Introduction to Topology*; Knot Theory*; Algebraic Topology*; Elliptic Curves*; Algebraic Geometry*; Differential Geometry*; Cohomology and Poincare Duality*; Algebraic Curves*;