Mathematics: Study abroad options

MMath + Study in Europe

UCAS code: G102
Typical offer:
AS foreign language
Four years

MMath + Year Abroad

UCAS code: G106
Typical offer: AAA
Four years

In this video, University of Sheffield students share their experiences of studying abroad.

You'll pay reduced fees for the year you spend abroad:
Tuition fees

International students
Don't meet our entry requirements?
Pathway programme at our International College

How to apply and other entry requirements

Other Mathematics degrees:

See also: Dual courses

About the course

Mathematics with Study in Europe

On this course, you'll spend your third year studying mathematics at a university on the continent.

You may need to have already studied the language spoken in the country you plan to go to, or a related language. For example, Spanish would be suitable for Spain or Portugal, because Spanish and Portuguese are closely related.

You also have the option to take language modules at the University of Sheffield's Modern Languages Teaching Centre, alongside your mathematics modules, to help you prepare for your year abroad.

Orientation sessions and university staff will help you choose a university and plan the logistics.

Where could I go?
Partner universities for Study in Europe

You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're abroad too. Your place at another university isn't guaranteed – it’s your responsibility to secure one but we’ll do everything we can to help.

Mathematics with a Year Abroad

On this course, you'll spend your third year studying mathematics at a university in the USA, Canada, Australia or other destinations teaching in English, eg, Singapore. Orientation sessions and university staff will help you decide where you'd like to go for your year abroad, and assist with the practical arrangements.

The continued support from the University of Sheffield made the whole process, from application to studying, simple and efficient.

Matthew Allcock, MMath Mathematics with a Year Abroad  READ MORE

Where could I go?
Partner universities for a Year Abroad 
– not all of these universities are available to Mathematics and Statistics students, but will give you an idea of where you could go. 

After finding my way in an unfamiliar country, without knowing anyone to begin with, my confidence has improved and I feel a further sense of independence that university life in the UK could not grant me.

Jack Roper, MMath Mathematics with a Year Abroad  READ MORE

Your modules in Sheffield will cover a range of topics across pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and probability and statistics. You'll start by building on your existing knowledge, covering topics including calculus, differential equations, geometry and algebra. You can also learn how to conduct a mathematical investigation as part of a group while you develop your computing and writing skills.

In second year, you'll continue to build a powerful toolbox of mathematical techniques, which you can apply to increasingly complex problems. As well as advanced calculus and algebra, you can study topics including statistical inference, mechanics and fluids, probability modelling, computing and simulation, and how the tools of mathematics and statistics can be applied to real-world problems. Lots of modules include project work, so that you get the chance to put your mathematics skills into practice in lots of different scenarios.

After your year abroad, you'll have a vast range of modules to choose from in fourth year. Options range from number theory and Bayesian statistics, to Galois theory and stochastic processes. This gives you the freedom to focus on the topics that interest you the most and develop specialist knowledge for your chosen career. You'll also spend a third of your final year working on a major independent research project. This year is designed to prepare you for a career in research, with training in how to write mathematical reports and present your findings.

Course structure

Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

First year

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

  • Study in Europe students: Modules from the Modern Languages Teaching Centre
  • Year Abroad students: Modules from other departments in the University

Second year

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Third year

Study abroad: You'll spend your third year studying maths at a university overseas.

Fourth year

If you do the MMath course, you'll do a major research project in your fourth year, working with professional mathematicians in one of our research groups. You'll also have a range of optional modules to choose from. Current options include:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

You can find a full list of modules in the School of Mathematics and Statistics on our webpages for current students:

Module list