Mathematics with French, German or Spanish

MMath + French
UCAS code: G1R1

MMath + Spanish
UCAS code: G1R4

MMath + German
UCAS code: G1R2

Typical offer: AAB
including language
Length: Four years

Karam Deo shares his experience of studying French as part of the Mathematics with French course.

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About the course

On our Mathematics with French, German and Spanish courses, you'll spend your third year studying maths at a university in France, Germany, Austria or Spain. You'll take language modules at the University of Sheffield's Modern Languages Teaching Centre alongside your mathematics modules, so that you continue to learn language you studied before university, and to prepare you for your year abroad.

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.

As well as language classes, you'll complete written projects, give oral presentations, and practice conversation with native French, German or Spanish speakers. By the end of your course, your language skills should come close to matching a native French, German or Spanish speaker.

I have learnt how to take a more independent approach in my actions, my time management skills have strengthened and I feel as though my communication skills have also improved.

Grace Charalambous, BSc Mathematics with Spanish  

Your mathematics 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.

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'll study topics including analysis and statistical inference. You can also study probability modelling, 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.

You can find module descriptions on our webpages for current students: Module list

First year

Compulsory modules

  • Mathematics Core I
  • Mathematics Core II
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Numbers and Groups
  • Language classes, conversation sessions and project in French, German or Spanish

Second year

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Statistical Inference and Modelling
  • Language classes in French, German or Spanish
  • Placement Preparation

Optional modules:

  • Algebra
  • Mathematics and Statistics in Action
  • Probability Modelling
  • Conversation sessions in French, German or Spanish
  • Project in French, German or Spanish

Third year

Study abroad: You'll you'll spend your third year studying maths at a university in France, Germany, Austria or Spain.

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. Students have language classes, conversation sessions and a project to complete in French, German or Spanish, and have a range of optional mathematics modules to choose from. Current mathematics options include:

  • Advanced Operations Research
  • Algebraic Topology
  • Analytic Number Theory
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Computational Inference
  • Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry
  • Extended Linear Models
  • Fields
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Functional Analysis
  • Galois Theory
  • Linear and Generalised Linear Models
  • Machine Learning
  • Measure and Probability
  • Medical Statistics
  • Optics and Symplectic Geometry
  • Signal Processing
  • Statistical Programming in R
  • Stochastic Processes and Finance

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.