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Abstract: theory of the Rubik's Cube, maths. and dyslexia, BlackScholes. equation, infant mortality in. developing countries, computational molecular biology. and the lottery. A friendly environment. Mathematics can be a challenging. subject and we help you to get the. most out of your studies by ...

Mathematics
and Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics
www.kent.ac.uk/ims/
Excellent teaching
and course reputation
Much of modern science is
based upon the application
of mathematics. It provides
the theoretical framework
for physical sciences, for
statistics and data
analysis, as well as for
computer science. New
discoveries within
mathematics affect not
only science, but also our
general understanding of
the world we live in. At
Kent, we aim to provide
stimulating and relevant
programmes that reflect
all of these aspects of
mathematics.
Excellent ratings and statistics that are of particular A choice of programmes
In the 2001 research assessment, interest to you. We offer a large Kent's programmes reflect the
we were awarded 5* for our work choice of dissertation and project diversity of mathematics today,
in Statistics and 5 for research in topics in the final year of study. with a range of degree
Applied Mathematics, which Recent topics include the group programmes on offer from
denotes research of international theory of the Rubik’s Cube, maths Financial Mathematics to
excellence. This research is and dyslexia, BlackScholes Mathematics and Statistics. If you
reflected within our teaching equation, infant mortality in don’t yet have the qualifications to
programme, so our students developing countries, enter the threeyear programme,
benefit from the most uptodate computational molecular biology you can take a Foundation Year
knowledge in the field. and the lottery. as part of your degree.
Welldesigned programmes A friendly environment
Our programmes are designed Mathematics can be a challenging
to ensure that you get a solid subject and we help you to get the Did you know?
grounding in mathematics in your most out of your studies by
first year. You can then move on providing a supportive learning In the 2008 National
was
to cover modern abstract and environment. Our department is Student Survey, Kent
in
computational techniques in your small and friendly, and we place voted No 1 university
t
second and third years of study, an emphasis on getting to know London and southeas
with many opportunities to our students on a onetoone England.
specialise in areas of mathematics basis.
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Placement Year
You may choose to spend an
additional year working in a
placement with an industrial or
business organisation, either in
the UK or abroad. This gives you
the opportunity to put your
academic skills into practice and
get some paid work experience.
It also gives you an idea of career
options and greatly enhances your
CV. Prior experience of working in
industry is always popular with
employers when you come to
look for a job after graduation
and some Kent students return
to work fulltime for their
placement company. Recent
student placements have included
prominent computer corporations
such as IBM, management
consultancies, government
departments such as the MOD
and HMRC, actuarial firms and “I found my course
banks. challenging and also very
interesting. My statistics
Professional recognition professor was brilliant; he
Several professional bodies really brought the subject
recognise our degrees. Those
who graduate in Mathematics
to life.”
and Computer Science receive Michael Smith
exemption from some of the Graduate in Mathematics
British Computer Society
examinations. Those who graduate
in Mathematics and Accounting
may receive various exemptions
from the Institute of Chartered
Accountants examinations.
Graduates in Mathematics and
Statistics may receive exemption
from the examinations of the Royal
Statistical Society.
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Superb facilities
and location
Based on a scenic
campus, you benefit from
a multicultural learning
environment as well as
the University’s firstclass
reference facilities.
Excellent study resources
The study resources on campus
are excellent. The Templeman
Library has over a million
publications, films and images.
There are also over a thousand
PCs on campus and a range
of support services for help or
advice. You will also use
professional mathematical and
statistical software such as Maple,
Matlab and MINITAB in various
modules throughout your degree.
Staff at the Institute of
Mathematics, Statistics and Everything you need on campus “A beautiful city, friendly
Actuarial Science use these is within walking distance,
packages in their teaching
people and an excellent
including a general store, an
and research. offlicence, a bookshop, banks,
education – my three
a medical centre and a pharmacy. years in Canterbury have
Beautiful green campus From campus, it’s a 20minute been fantastic!”
Our campus is set in a stunning walk or a short busride into town.
location. It has plenty of green Suraya Rahmat
and tranquil spaces, both lawns Business Mathematics student
Attractive location
and wooded areas, and is set on Canterbury is a lovely city with
a hill with a view of the city and medieval buildings, lively bars
Canterbury Cathedral. and atmospheric pubs, as well
as a wide range of shops. The
For entertainment, you’re spoilt for attractive coastal town of
choice. The campus has its own Whitstable is close by and there
cinema, theatre, and even a are sandy beaches further down
student nightclub. It has a the coast. London is 90 minutes
reputation for being a very friendly away by train.
university with a cosmopolitan
environment. There are many
restaurants, cafes and bars on
campus and, for sporty types,
there’s a sports centre and gym.
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Did you know?
ten
We are among the top
for
universities in the UK
In the 2008
course satisfaction.
rvey, 90%
National Student Su
dents
of Kent’s fulltime stu ed’
were ‘overwhelmingly satisfi
with the quality of their
courses.
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Student profile
Josofene Dixon is in her and learning strategies – the focus
second year studying this gave me was invaluable. I’ve
Mathematics. also attended some of the
workshops and received help
What were your first impressions with writing essays, too.
of the University?
Big, busy and friendly! The What’s the social life like?
campus layout is really good and I often go out on campus and in
there’s a lot of open green space. Canterbury – it’s fun and there’s
a lot to do. I really like Canterbury,
How is your course going? it’s full of interesting and exciting
I‘m really enjoying my course – places. It has something for
it’s exciting and interesting. everyone and is ideally situated
The teaching has been really to visit both London and France. Do you have any advice for
enthusiastic. All the lecturers are people thinking of coming
passionate about their respective What’s been the highlight so far? to Kent?
subjects and are approachable to Revisiting mathematics. I love the Make sure that you choose a
discuss them. subject, and getting the chance to subject you are interested in and
explore the areas that interest me not just one that you are good at.
I’ve enjoyed all the modules so is great. Working with lecturers Consider what you want to be
far. In particular, the Groups, Rings who are passionate about what available and make sure that Kent
and Fields module enabled me they do is also such a thrill. has it. Always visit the University
to give weight to and apply before making your final decision.
reasoning to things I already Any plans for your future career? Kent is a friendly and helpful
believed to be true, and gave me I love maths and see it as a University, and you will be
an opportunity to looks at simple beautiful mixture of patterns and made to feel very welcome.
things with a scientific eye. In relationships. It alarms me that a
Computational Maths, we explored large proportion of the population
why maths does or does not work can’t do maths or are terrified by
due to computing errors, which I it, so I'm thinking about becoming
found really interesting. a secondary school mathematics
teacher.
What do you think about the
level of support in your studies? I undertook a student associate
The support from the lecturers is scheme which enabled me to get
good – both my tutor and the some teaching experience and I
maths administrator have been really enjoyed it. It’s very
very helpful. At the end of Stage rewarding to explain a concept to
1, I completed the VALUE another person and they are able
programme offered by the to follow it – you feel a real sense
Department in conjunction with of achievement when you can
the Student Learning Advisory guide students to find the correct
Service, which is designed to answer for themselves.
develop your academic
knowledge and key skills
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After graduation:
what next?
Many career paths can
benefit from the numerical
and analytical skills you
will develop during your
studies. Most of the
University’s students
are highly successful
after graduation.
Good career prospects
According to employment
statistics, Kent graduates are
doing extremely well in an ever
changing job market. Six months
after graduation in 2007, only
3.2% of Kent graduates were
without a job or further study
opportunity. This puts us well
ahead of the national average
of 6.2%.
In recent years, graduates in Dealing with challenging ideas,
Mathematics and Statistics have thinking critically, the ability to
gone on to a wide range of write well and present your ideas
destinations. They have pursued clearly are important skills that you
successful careers in medical gain at Kent.
statistics, the aerospace industry,
software development, teaching, Careers advice
actuarial work, civil service The Careers Advisory Service can
statistics, chartered accountancy, give you advice on how to choose Did you know?
and the oil industry. Others have your future career, how to apply for in
gone on to do further academic jobs, how to write a good CV and Kent was ranked 7th
how to perform well in interviews the UK for Mathematics
work, including research at
and aptitude tests. It also provides graduate employment
lete
prospects in the Comp
postgraduate level and beyond.
uptodate information on
Un iversity Guide 2009.
Master key skills graduate opportunities before
Studying for a degree is not just and after you graduate.
about mastering your subject
area. Nowadays, employers are
looking for a range of key skills
and you are encouraged to
develop these within your
degree programme.
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Graduate profile
Joanne Lister graduated year in industry as equivalent to a
from Kent with a degree in master’s qualification.
Business Mathematics with
a Year in Industry, and is now What social activities/extra
a Graduate Transport Planner curricular activities did you get
for Transport for London. involved with during your time
at Kent?
What made you choose Kent? I was involved with many aspects
I liked the idea of studying at a of University life, ranging from
campus university and came to an becoming a course representative
open day here. On arrival, I asked within my department and faculty,
myself just one question: could to helping organise a weekly
this place feel like home? The ‘boardgames and curry’ night! I
answer was yes – the atmosphere, do think it’s important to get stuck
facilities and people made me feel in and try new things – outside of
comfortable and welcome. After university, you rarely get the experienced it all before as part of
that, I never went to look at any of opportunity to access such a my degree.
the other universities on my list. range of activities in a single
place. I’ve just started the first of four six
What attracted to the course? month placements at TfL within the
I knew that I wanted to do a Could you describe your career new Road Network Planning Unit,
mathematics degree, but there path since leaving Kent? which involves project managing
was such a range of courses On graduation, I completed some schemes such as the installation of
offered by the Department that paid work for the Department as a a cycle path or running enquiries
I was initially a little thrown as to follow on from my dissertation into how to make traffic lights work
which one would suit me best. project and started my second more effectively. There’s a lot for
After having a read through the proper job as Graduate Transport me to learn and get my teeth into,
information that was provided Planner for Transport for London but I hope, thanks to things I learnt
about all the different (TfL) – my first job being my at Kent, to come out on top.
programmes, I decided on placement year for Her Majesty’s
Business Mathematics as this Revenue and Customs (HMRC). What are you doing next?
would not only include the maths In the future I’d like to move into
element I was looking for, but also At the beginning of September the simulation and modelling side
a range of business modules so I attended a oneweek induction of business and, as I have friends
that there would be a practical which was held in the London who live in cities all over Europe
aspect to my course. Transport Museum with the other and America, I also hope to travel.
95 graduates recruited this year.
One of the best decisions I made It was an amazing event and gave
at university was to opt for a me a chance to meet many
placement as part of my degree – people in the same boat as me.
this has opened up a host of But I did feel a lot less nervous
careers that I would not have about what was expected of me
beenable to pursue otherwise. and what to expect working in
Some companies even viewed my an office, mainly because I had
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Choosing your
programme
There is a range of
programmes on offer,
so you can choose the
degree that reflects your
interests. Below is an
explanation of what the
different degree
programmes offer.
Mathematics
This programme provides a broad
understanding of many areas of
mathematics and this makes it a
good base for many career
options.
Mathematics and Statistics
This programme is designed for
students who want to specialise
in statistics, perhaps with a view
to a career as a statistician.
Mathematics and Accounting Mathematics and Computer
Business Mathematics & Finance Science
The programme is suitable for The study of mathematics provides This programme combines
those who want to work within an excellent basis for the applied the study of programming and
a business setting. It allows you techniques of accountancy and software development with a
to master general mathematical finance. Students on this choice of mathematics modules.
principles while also gaining programme split their studies The degree provides exemption
specialist skills that are valuable equally between the two related from the first part of the qualifying
within the commercial sector, such disciplines. The degree provides British Computer Society
as a knowledge of accounting, various exemptions from the examinations.
computing and statistics. Institute of Chartered Accountants
examinations Mathematics with a
Financial Mathematics Foundation Year
This programme allows you Mathematics for Management This programme is for students
to master general mathematical This programme emphasises who do not have enough
principles while also gaining how mathematics and operational experience to go directly into
specialist skills relevant to the research can be applied to degreelevel studies. The
financial sector. quantitative problems in planning foundation year covers the
and distribution, and other areas mathematical skills you need
that use similar optimisation to enter Stage 1 of the degree.
techniques. Overseas students who need to
improve their English can also do
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a foundation course that includes
language tuition. Please note: for
this programme, you should apply
directly to the University, rather
than through UCAS.
Mathematics with Secondary
Education (QTS)
This is a joint degree programme
with Canterbury Christ Church
University. Students on this
programme will be fully prepared
to teach mathematics up to A level
and will graduate with a BSc
(Hons) Mathematics with
Secondary Education and have
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Placement Year
With all of our programmes except
Mathematics with Education, you
may choose to spend an
additional year working on a
Teaching and assessment “My Year in Industry was
placement with an industrial or
Each week students have about spent with ICL controlling
business organisation. This allows
16 hours of lectures and classes.
you to hone your theoretical skills
Modules which involve
their inventory in France.
by applying them to reallife I was surprised at the
programming or working with
situations. It also gives you a level of responsibility
computer software packages
clearer idea of career options
and greatly enhances your CV.
usually include practical sessions. I was given. I had an
The majority of modules are excellent year and gained
The Placement Year takes place
assessed by both endofyear a lot of valuable work
between your second and final
examinations and coursework.
years of fulltime study and counts
Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count
experience.”
towards your final degree result.
towards your final degree result. Alison Vasey
The Placement Officer is on hand
to assist you before and Business Mathematics graduate
throughout your placement.
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Studying at
Stage 1
Stage 1 represents the You also choose two modules Mathematics and Accounting &
first year of fulltime from: Finance students take:
• Geometry • Discrete Mathematics and
study and you take a
• Economics for Mathematicians Probability
range of modules • Statistics
• Economics
according to your • Managers and Organisations • Computing and Business
degree (see below). • Further Discrete Mathematics Accounting
and Computing. • Economics.
All students take the following core
modules: Business Mathematics students Mathematics for Management
• Calculus take: students take:
• Mathematical Methods • Discrete Mathematics and • Discrete Mathematics and
• Algebra. Probability Probability
• Statistics • Statistics
Mathematics students take: • Economics for Mathematicians • Spreadsheet Modelling for OR
• Geometry • Managers and Organisations • Techniques and Methods in
• Discrete Mathematics and • Mathematical Investigations and Management Science.
Probability Computer Algebra. • Introduction to ObjectOriented
• Statistics Programming.
• Mathematical Investigations and Financial Mathematics students
Computer Algebra take: Those taking a joint honours
• Further Discrete Mathematics • Economics for Mathematicians degree take core modules in
and Computing. • Discrete Mathematics and their other subject. For more
Computing information, please order the
Mathematics and Statistics • Financial Mathematics relevant subject leaflet (see p19).
students take: • Probability and Statistics for
• Discrete Mathematics and Actuarial Science. Modules: Stage 1
Probability
• Statistics Mathematics and Computer Algebra
Science students take: This module begins by reviewing
• Mathematical Investigations and
polynomial algebra, a topic that
Computer Algebra. • Discrete Mathematics and
leads into the study of complex
Probability
numbers. You go on to look at the
• Introduction to ObjectOriented
operations of arithmetic and their
Programming
“Kent is a long way from • Further ObjectOriented
extensions to finite number
my home and I thought it systems. These have many
Programming practical applications, for example,
would be hard to settle in. • Computer Systems in relation to codes and ciphers for
But the Department is • Functional Programming. secure communications. The rest
very friendly and I’ve met of the module is devoted to linear
a lot of new people.” algebra.
Kirsty Robb
Mathematics with Accounting &
Finance student
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Calculus Further Discrete Mathematics Mathematical Investigations
You build on your knowledge of and Computing and Computer Algebra
A level calculus. Although problem This module builds on the The module presents ten small
solving is a major theme, you also computing and mathematical skills projects in the style of a
look at basic concepts, seeing the developed in previous modules. laboratory practical. Examples
subject as a logical sequence of Mathematical computing relies of projects include solving cubic
ideas rather than as a set of rules heavily on ideas in discrete equations, curve sketching, and
to be manipulated. mathematics, particularly sets trigonometric functions. The
and permutations, and these are module also includes
Discrete Mathematics studied as well as the basic ideas programming exercises.
and Probability of computer representation of
The first part of this module numbers and symbols. Mathematical Methods
improves your precision in This module introduces
logical argument and symbolic Geometry the broader aspects of how
calculation. The second part Vectors play an important role in mathematics may be applied
introduces you to the main many branches of mathematics to the solution of differential
concepts in elementary probability and in many of its applications. equations. The syllabus includes
theory, and lays the foundations We first look at the interplay solving equations, modelling
for more advanced work in the between vector algebra and 3D equations, growth and decay
second year. Euclidean geometry. We then problems and chemical mixture
develop the Euclidean treatment problems.
Financial Mathematics of points, lines, angles, triangles,
The idea of interest is fundamental circles and conics in the plane Probability and Statistics
to all longterm financial contracts. and show how this theory can for Actuarial Science
This module deals with be founded on a small number This module provides a grounding
accumulation of past payments of 'selfevident’ principles. in aspects of statistics and
and the discounting of future statistical modelling that are
payments at fixed and varying Economics for Mathematicians of relevance to actuarial work.
rates of interest. This introduction assumes no You are introduced to the basic
previous knowledge of the subject concepts of statistics and
and gives you an understanding of elementary probability theory.
the basic concepts and principles,
plus enough knowledge to gain Statistics
exemption from the actuarial You are introduced to the basic
Did you know? profession’s examination. concepts of statistics. The material
is related to real data at every
The University has a stage and MINITAB is used to
here
cosmopolitan atmosp provide statistical computing
with 139 different facilities. Data description and
ed.
nationalities represent data summary is studied, followed
by an introduction to the main
methods of inference.
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Studying at
Stage 2
Stage 2 is your second Financial Mathematics students Mathematics for Management
year of fulltime study. take: students take:
• Mathematical Techniques and • Probability and Inference
You take a range of
Differential Equations • Regression
modules according to • Probability and Inference • Mathematical Programming
your programme. • Regression and its Applications
• Finance and Financial • Managers and Organisations
All students take the core Reporting.* • Selected Topics in Operational
modules: Research
• Analysis You also choose one other
• Simulation Modelling.
• Linear Algebra. module from the options offered
to Mathematics students.
Those taking a joint honours
Mathematics students choose six degree take core modules in
modules from the following: Mathematics and Statistics
their other subject. For more
students take:
• Groups, Rings and Fields information, please order the
• Computational Mathematics
• Several Variable Calculus relevant subject leaflet (see p19).
• Probability and Inference
• Computational Mathematics
• Regression Modules: Stage 2
• Mathematical Techniques and
Differential Equations • Mathematical Programming and
its Applications. Analysis
• Mathematical Modelling
• Probability and Inference You also choose two modules, Being able to handle a margin of
• Mathematical Programming either from the options offered to error with confidence is the basis
and its Applications Mathematics students or from: of all modern analysis. In this
module you look at convergence
• Regression. • Statistics for Insurance
of sequences and series, and
• Operations and Services
continuity and differentiability of
Business Mathematics students Management
functions from this point of view.
take: • Principles of Finance.* We also consider applications to
• Mathematical Programming
fixed point problems and to
and its Applications *This option runs over two terms calculating integrals.
• Operations and Services and counts as two modules.
Management
Computational Mathematics
• Probability and Inference. Mathematics and Computer Mathematics often generates
Science Students take modules problems for which there are
You then choose two or three from their joint subject area. no easy solutions, such as
modules from the following: determining the value of an
• Computational Mathematics Mathematics and Accounting integral, or finding the roots of
• Mathematical Techniques and & Finance students choose two nonlinear equations. You look
Differential Equations other modules from the option at methods for solving these
• Regression offered to Mathematics students, problems on a computer.
• Principles of Finance.* plus two modules from their joint
subject.
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Contingencies Mathematical Modelling Probability and Inference
You are introduced to the life The syllabus includes an You look at probability distributions
table, the oldest actuarial model introduction to modelling Newton’s of functions of random variables –
for contingencies relating to human laws for a single particle, motion in an essential skill in proving
life – for example, survival, death, a central force field, population standard statistical results and in
sickness. This is then combined models, exponential growth, applying probability and statistics
with financial mathematics in order density dependent growth, in novel situations. You then go on
to calculate values for annuities and predatorprey models. to look at statistical inference.
and life assurance policies.
Mathematical Programming Regression
Finance and Financial Reporting and its Applications This module introduces you to the
You look at corporate finance, the Operational research applies theory and practice of regression.
financial institutions operating in scientific methodology to For example, the yield of a
financial markets, and financial management. Its main chemical could be predicted for
accounting. You also learn how mathematical techniques include particular values of temperature
to interpret the financial reports linear programming, which can and pressure. The method of
of companies and financial be used to maximise profit from deriving such a relationship is that
institutions, including financial limited resources. of ‘least squares’ and includes the
statements used by pension use of relevant computer
funds and insurance companies. Mathematical Techniques and applications.
Differential Equations
Groups, Rings and Fields Most physically interesting
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