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Mathematics with Spanish MMath

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Modern Languages Teaching Centre

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Course description

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Your study will include core mathematics, pure mathematics, applied mathematics and probability and statistics. You can specialise later in your course, and can often switch between our degrees.

Throughout the course, you'll complement your maths study with language modules from the Modern Languages Teaching Centre. Your third year is spent at a Spanish university, learning mathematics in Spanish. You'll need a qualification in the relevant language before starting this course.

Modules

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

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Title: Mathematics with Spanish MMath course structure
UCAS code: G1R4
Years: 2021

Core modules:

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

The module provides an introduction to the fields of probability and statistics, which form the basis of much of applicable mathematics and operations research. The theory behind probability and statistics will be introduced, along with examples occurring in diverse areas. Some of the computational statistical work may make use of the statistics package R.

20 credits
Mathematics Core 1

The module explores topics in mathematics which will be used throughout many degree programmes. The module will consider techniques for solving equations, special functions, calculus (differentiation and integration), differential equations, Taylor series, complex numbers and finite and infinite series.

20 credits
Mathematics Core II

The module continues the study of core mathematical topics begun in MS4F1015, which will be used throughout many degree programmes. The module will discuss 2-dimensional co-ordinate geometry, discussing the theory of matrices geometrically and algebraically, and will define and evaluate derivatives and integrals for functions which depend on more than one variable, with an emphasis on functions of two variables.

20 credits
Numbers and Groups

The module provides an introduction to more specialised Pure Mathematics. The first half of the module will consider techniques of proof, and these will be demonstrated within the study of properties of integers and real numbers. The second semester will study symmetries of objects, and develop a theory of symmetries which leads to the more abstract study of groups.

20 credits
Spanish Advanced 1

Assuming a good A level in the language or equivalent, this unit aims to provide an initial preparation for a prolonged professional, academic or recreational stay in a country where the language is spoken and introduces the full range of linguistic and cultural skills required to engage in authentic and spontaneous interaction with native speakers (CEF level B2-). Based on 33 hours of small group (15-20) interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/stage_3a

10 credits
Spanish Advanced 2

Assuming successful completion of the Advanced 1 unit or equivalent, this unit aims to consolidate an initial preparation for a prolonged professional, academic or recreational stay in a country where the language is spoken and introduces the full range of linguistic and cultural skills required to engage in authentic and spontaneous interaction with native speakers (CEF level B2). Based on 36 hours of small group (15-20) interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 64 hours of monitored private study. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/stage_3b

10 credits

You'll then take one of these two groups of modules, as determined by the Modern Languages Teaching Centre.

Either:

Spanish-English Tandem Advanced 1

This unit aims to enable students to develop their spoken proficiency and intercultural awareness in relation to the language they are studying through weekly meetings with a native-speaker partner and to acquire independent language learning skills through regular supervision from a language tutor and the completion of a personal planning and reflexive diary. Partners will reciprocally support each other in achieving their own pre-agreed goals, alternatively acting as learner and teacher, taking responsibility for their own learning and providing constructive opportunities for language practice and feedback to their partner. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/tandem

10 credits
Spanish Project Advanced 2

This unit aims to enable students at an 'Advanced' level of competence in the language to work semi-independently, exploring critically a specialised topic normally related to their main field of study, in order to acquire subject-specific terminology and basic discursive skills in the language, as well as develop sound research skills. Through weekly tutorials, students will be guided and suppported in their completion of a written portfolio (1,500 words) and their preparation of an oral presentation summarizing their research and demonstrating their acquisition of relevant academic and linguistic skills. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/project_advanced

10 credits

Or:

Spanish Project Advanced 1

This unit aims to enable students at an 'Advanced' level of competence in the language to work semi-independently, exploring critically a specialised topic normally related to their main field of study, in order to acquire subject-specific terminology and basic discursive skills in the language, as well as develop sound research skills. Through weekly tutorials, students will be guided and suppported in their completion of a written portfolio (1,500 words) and their preparation of an oral presentation summarizing their research and demonstrating their acquisition of relevant academic and linguistic skills. A HREF=https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/courses/Spanish/project_advancedClick here for more info/A.This unit aims to enable students at an 'Advanced' level of competence in the language to work semi-independently, exploring critically a specialised topic normally related to their main field of study, in order to acquire subject-specific terminology and basic discursive skills in the language, as well as develop sound research skills. Through weekly tutorials, students will be guided and suppported in their completion of a written portfolio (1,500 words) and their preparation of an oral presentation summarizing their research and demonstrating their acquisition of relevant academic and linguistic skills. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/project_advanced

10 credits
Spanish-English Tandem Advanced 2

This unit aims to enable students to develop their spoken proficiency and intercultural awareness in relation to the language they are studying through weekly meetings with a native-speaker partner and to acquire independent language learning skills through regular supervision from a language tutor and the completion of a personal planning and reflexive diary. Partners will reciprocally support each other in achieving their own pre-agreed goals, alternatively acting as learner and teacher, taking responsibility for their own learning and providing constructive opportunities for language practice and feedback to their partner. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/tandem

10 credits

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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

Learning and assessment

Learning

You'll learn through lectures, seminars, problems classes, language classes and research projects. Some modules also include programming classes.

We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

Learning support facilities and library opening hours

Programme specification

This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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Entry requirements

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Standard offer
Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
AAB
including A in Maths and B in Spanish

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
ABB
including A in Maths and B in Spanish

A Levels + additional qualifications | ABB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish + B in Further Maths ABB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish + B in Further Maths

International Baccalaureate | 34, 6 in Higher Level Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches) and 5 in Higher Level Spanish 33 with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics, 5 in Higher Level Spanish

BTEC | DDD in a relevant subject with Distinctions in Maths units + an appropriate Spanish language qualification DDD in a relevant subject with Distinctions in Maths units + an appropriate Spanish language qualification

Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AAABB + AB, including Spanish and grade A in Maths AAABB + AB, including Spanish and grade A in Maths

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AA, including Maths and Spanish B + AB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish

Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 36 Level 3 credits, including Mathematics units, + Merits in 9 Level 3 credits. Evidence of language ability is also required, typically in the form of an A level in Spanish 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits, including Mathematics units, + Merits in 15 Level 3 credits. Evidence of language ability is also required, typically in the form of an A level in Spanish

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English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements
  • We will give your application additional consideration if you have passed the Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) at grade 3 or above or the Test of Mathematics for University Admissions (TMUA) at grade 5 or above

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Students in a maths lecture

Staff in the School of Mathematics and Statistics work on a wide range of topics, from the most abstract research on topics like algebraic geometry and number theory, to the calculations behind animal movements and black holes. They’ll guide you through the key concepts and techniques that every mathematician needs to understand and give you a huge range of optional modules to choose from.

The department is based in the Hicks Building, which has classrooms, lecture theatres, computer rooms and social spaces for our students. It’s right next door to the Students' Union, and just down the road from the 24/7 library facilities at the Information Commons and the Diamond.

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Modern Languages Teaching Centre

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Your foreign language modules are taught by the Modern Languages Teaching Centre (MLTC). The MLTC offers language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and the public.

Including a modern language as part of your degree at Sheffield is a confident step into the wider world and you'll be graduating with skills that are highly valued by employers. You'll learn to communicate fluently in your chosen language and deepen your understanding of the cultural context of the countries where your language is spoken.

All this is achieved in a vibrant environment through dynamic, high-quality and innovative teaching that places you, as a student, at the cutting edge of the discipline.

MLTC students study at the Ella Armitage Building in the heart of our campus.

Modern Languages Teaching Centre

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Research Excellence Framework 2014

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National Student Survey 2019


Graduate careers

School of Mathematics and Statistics

There will always be a place for maths graduates in banking, insurance, pensions, and financial districts from the City of London to Wall Street. Big engineering companies still need people who can crunch the numbers to keep planes in the sky and trains running on time too. But the 21st century has also created new career paths for our students.

Smartphones, tablets, social networks and streaming services all use software and algorithms that need mathematical brains behind them. In the age of ‘big data’, everyone from rideshare apps to high street shops is gathering information that maths graduates can organise, analyse and interpret. The same technological advances have created new challenges and opportunities in cybersecurity and cryptography.

If the maths itself is what interests you, a PhD can lead to a career in research. Mathematicians working in universities and research institutes are trying to find rigorous proofs for conjectures that have challenged pure mathematicians for decades, or are doing the calculations behind major experiments, like the ones running on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

What if I want to work outside mathematics?

A good class of degree from a top university can take you far, whatever you want to do. We have graduates using their mathematical training in everything from teaching and management to advertising and publishing.

Modern Languages Teaching Centre

Modern languages graduates are sought after in a wide variety of areas. Many go on to careers in international business, marketing and related fields. University graduates work in the European Commission, the diplomatic service, the media and public administration. Others work as translators and interpreters, or opt for careers abroad.

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"My degree in maths has given me an excellent grounding in mathematical concepts which I am able to use in my everyday work"

Sonia Nayyar Mathematics BSc

After graduating from Sheffield with a BSc in Mathematics, Sonia went on to work for a financial, actuarial and business consultancy, putting the analytic and logical thinking skills she learned during her degree to daily use.

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"I use skills from Maths in my job every single day"

Matthew Jenkins BSc Mathematics

After graduating, Matthew used the University Careers Service to help him find a job, and he now develops software in the marine navigation industry.

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"I analyse the cost-effectiveness of new drugs, to see if they are viable to be accepted within the NHS, or other countries' health care systems"

Rachael Batteson BSc Mathematics

Rachael works in health economics, using the analysis and problem solving skills she got from her maths degree to assess the viability of new drugs.

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