BSc/MMath in Mathematics and MMath in Mathematics with Research Placement

Here at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Sussex, we develop what we teach all the time, with new opportunities and projects to help you transition through university life and prepare for your future career.

From 2021 entry, we have reorganised Years 1 and 2 of the mathematics curriculum to provide a solid foundation for our Years 3 and 4 advanced modules and better prepare our students for their chosen future career.

We’ve carefully enhanced modules that develop valuable skills sought after by potential employers, such as computer languages, mathematical programming and modelling. We’ve kept unchanged the ones that have already proven very useful to our students in both theoretical and applied mathematics.

So what has changed?

We have modified several modules by reorganising our core material and we have renamed these modules in order to reflect the new content. All the old modules have been withdrawn from Years 1-2, and new modules have been introduced, so do make sure you are aware of the changes before you make a decision on the offer we have made you. The tables below shows the changes in more detail but here is a summary:

New core modules

  • Year 1, Semester 1: Fundamentals of Mathematics, Linear Algebra 1, Analysis 1, Discrete Mathematics
  • Year 1, Semester 2: Analysis 2, Linear Algebra 2, Computational Mathematics, Number Theory
  • Year 2, Semester 1: Calculus of Several Variables, Ordinary Differential Equations, Introduction to Probability, Algebra
  • Year 2, Semester 2: Real Analysis, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations with Modelling

Withdrawn core modules

  • Year 1, Semester 1: Introduction to Pure Mathematics, Geometry, Calculus (much of the material has been redistributed in the new modules Analysis 1 and 2, also eliminating repetitions), Maths in Everyday Life (much of the material has been incorporated into the new Differential Equations with Modelling)
  • Year 1, Semester 2: Analysis 1, Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis 1, Discrete Mathematics
  • Year 2, Semester 1: Calculus of Several Variables, Analysis 2, Introduction to Probability, Algebra
  • Year 2, Semester 2: Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Analysis 2, Complex Analysis (this module will now become a Year 3 elective module)

The online prospectus will be modified in December 2020 to reflect these changes. Meanwhile if you have any questions, feel free to contact our admissions team at

Years 1 and 2 of BSc/MMATH/MMATH with Research Placement in Mathematics in detail

Take a closer look at how the new modules compare to the old structure of the course for the first two years of our Maths courses. All modules are core modules. This includes both BSc and MMath and also the degrees with Research Placement or an Industrial Placement year.

Year 1
SemesterOld structureNew structureComment
Semester 1 Introduction to Pure Mathematics Fundamentals of Mathematics

The structure is changed, with emphasis given to defining mathematical structures via axioms. The module has been renamed  to reflect this change.

Geometry Linear Algebra 1

Some basic content moved from Linear Algebra to this module, in order to avoid repetitions.

Calculus Analysis 1

The content of Calculus and Analysis 1 (old structure) was redistributed to Analysis 1 and 2 (new structure) with more emphasis on integration.

Maths in Everyday Life Discrete Mathematics

Discrete Mathematics now has more combinatorics and graph theory. The number theory component became a new module (see semester 2).

Semester 2 Analysis 1 Analysis 2

The content of Calculus and Analysis 1 (old structure) was redistributed to Analysis 1 and 2 (new structure) with more emphasis on integration.

Linear Algebra Linear Algebra 2

Added one important theorem, used in several later year modules.

Numerical Analysis 1 Computational Mathematics More support and emphasis on coding is given, as this is an important skill for employers.
Discrete Mathematics Number Theory

Part of this module was in Discrete Mathematics. Now it is expanded to a full module and supports the new module Algebra in Year 2.


Year 2
SemesterOld structureNew structureComment
Semester 1 Calculus of Several Variables Calculus of Several Variables

Core material extended to cover optimisation techniques, used in all later modules.

The employability skills, previously part of this module has been moved to the new module Numerical Analysis.

Analysis 2 Ordinary Differential Equations

Analysis 2 advanced material is moved to Real Analysis (see Semester 2), and Ordinary Differential Equations contains material from Differential Equations (old structure) with an emphasis to applications and modelling.

Introduction to Probability Introduction to Probability

More examples added. The module was restructured to seamlessly connect with Probability and Statistics of Semester 2. 

Algebra Algebra

We introduced some new number theoretical concepts, that build on the new Number Theory module, and needed for two popular modules in Year 3.

Semester 2

Differential Equations

Real Analysis

In the new module we provide all necessary background Analysis for our Year 3 to Year 4 modules. Most content came from Analysis 2 (old structure). The new content builds on it.

Probability and Statistics Probability and Statistics

Added a section on the multivariate normal distribution, that is much more relevant to statistics and data science.

Added more statistical applications.

Numerical Analysis 2 Numerical Analysis

Some advanced content was moved to Year 3. Part of this module is now the enhancement of employability skills, including coding, group work, CV writing etc.

Complex Analysis Differential Equations with Modelling

This introductory modelling module contains applications from Maths in Everyday Life (old structure) but also prepares the students better for our advanced and very popular modelling modules in Years 3 and 4. Complex Analysis will become a Year 3 elective.