Mathematics with French MMath

2024-25 entry
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Modern Languages Teaching Centre

Spend a year of your degree at one of our partner universities in France, studying mathematics in French. When you’re in Sheffield, you’ll spend two-thirds of your time studying mathematics and the rest of your time developing your French language abilities.

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    Course description

    Students in a maths lecture

    Become fluent in French while grappling with some of the most complex maths problems, as you develop into a creative problem-solver.

    Why choose to study one subject, when you can follow your twin passions with this mathematics with French degree at the University of Sheffield.

    You’ll spend around two thirds of your time on maths, one third studying French language and culture. Beginning with the essentials you’ll need for the rest of your degree – including calculus, algebra and data science – you’ll go on to develop programming skills using Python and R, and learn to present your work as a professional mathematician using LaTeX.

    In your French studies, you’ll have seminars and weekly meetings with a native speaker, completing a project and presentation in French.

    Year two will see you taking on increasingly complex problems. You’ll choose whether you want to focus on pure maths, or applied topics that are useful in industries like finance. There is also time dedicated for you to prepare for your year abroad – which you’ll spend studying maths at one of our partner universities in France.

    When you return to Sheffield for your final year, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and experience to go in lots of different directions in mathematics. So a final research project is a good way to test what interests you the most.

    And you’ll be working closely with one of our staff to tackle a complex research question. Together, we’ll mould you into a candidate that would be prized in academia, or any graduate position you choose.

    Why study this course?

    • Immersive French experience - full academic year at a French university, studying mathematics in French.
    • Leading maths research - 96% of our research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, according to the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
    • Real-world problem solving - research unanswered questions, from the most abstract research in areas like algebraic geometry and number theory, to the calculations behind animal movements and black holes.
    • Everyone is welcome - there’s a place at Sheffield for everyone who enjoys mathematics. Find a warm welcome at our active student society (SUMS), regular maths challenges and a dedicated LGBT+ student group for maths students.
    • Set up for a successful career - careers and employability skills are built into our maths degree programmes, and major employers like Goldman Sachs, Unilever, and the NHS hire our graduates to solve problems.
    • Extended research projects - investigate a real-world problem of your choice in your final year research project, alongside an active researcher. This will also help you hone those software skills, so you’ll know how to present maths and statistics and other technical information.
    Second-year Maths student Amelia takes us through a busy day of lectures before heading to Netball practice to unwind

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Mathematics with French MMath course structure
    UCAS code: G1R1
    Years: 2023
    First year

    Core modules:

    Mathematics Core

    Mathematics Core covers topics which continue school mathematics and which are used throughout the degree programmes: calculus and linear algebra, developing the framework for higher-dimensional generalisation.  This material is central to many topics in subsequent courses.  At the same time, weekly small-group tutorials with the Personal Tutor aim to develop core skills, such as mathematical literacy and communication, some employability skills and problem-solving skills.

    40 credits
    Foundations of Pure Mathematics

    The module aims to give an overview of basic constructions in pure mathematics; starting from the integers, we develop some theory of the integers, introducing theorems, proofs, and abstraction.  This leads to the idea of axioms and general algebraic structures, with groups treated as a principal example.  The process of constructing the real numbers from the rationals is also considered, as a preparation for “analysis”, the branch of mathematics where the properties of sequences of real numbers and functions of real numbers are considered.

    20 credits
    Probability and Data Science

    Probability theory is branch of mathematics concerned with the study of chance phenomena. Data science involves the handling and analysis of data using a variety of tools: statistical inference, machine learning, and graphical methods. The first part of the module introduces probability theory, providing a foundation for further probability and statistics modules, and for the statistical inference methods taught here. Examples are presented from diverse areas, and case studies involving a variety of real data sets are discussed. Data science tools are implemented using the statistical computing language R.

    20 credits
    French 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/french/stage_3a

    10 credits
    French 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/french/stage_3b

    10 credits

    A student will take 10 credits from this group:

    French 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. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/french/project_advanced

    10 credits
    French 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/french/project_advanced

    10 credits

    A student will take 10 credits from this group:

    French-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/french/tandem

    10 credits
    French-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/french/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.

    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

    Assessment

    You will be assessed in a variety of ways, depending on the modules you take. This can include quizzes, examinations, presentations, participation in tutorials, projects, coursework and other written work.

    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

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible.

    Standard offer

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

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    ABB, including A in Maths and B in French + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including A in Maths and B in French + B in A Level Further Maths
    International Baccalaureate
    34, with 6 in Higher Level Maths (Analysis and Approaches) and 5 in Higher Level French
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in Engineering with Distinctions in all Maths units + an appropriate French language qualification
    BTEC Diploma
    DD + A in A Level Maths + an appropriate French language qualification
    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers
    AAABB + AB, including A in Maths and B in French
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + AA in Maths and French
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction (to include Maths units) and 9 at Merit + an appropriate French language qualification
    Other requirements
    • We will give your application additional consideration if you have passed the Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP), STEP 2 or STEP 3, at grade 3 or above. We do not consider STEP results in place of a third A Level

    Access Sheffield offer

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

    A Levels + a fourth Level 3 qualification
    ABB, including A in Maths and B in French + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including A in Maths and B in French + B in A Level Further Maths
    International Baccalaureate
    33, with 6 in Higher Level Maths (Analysis and Approaches) and 5 in Higher Level French
    BTEC Extended Diploma
    DDD in Engineering with Distinctions in all Maths units + an appropriate French language qualification
    BTEC Diploma
    DD + A in A Level Maths + an appropriate French language qualification
    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers
    AABBB + AB, including A in Maths and B in French
    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels
    B + AB, including A in Maths and B in French
    Access to HE Diploma
    Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction (to include Maths units) and 15 at Merit + an appropriate French language qualification
    Other requirements
    • We will give your application additional consideration if you have passed the Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP), STEP 2 or STEP 3, at grade 3 or above. We do not consider STEP results in place of a third A Level

    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

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

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    When new students join the School of Mathematics and Statistics, we want them to feel part of a community. At the heart of this is the Sheffield University Mathematics Society, or SUMS, who organise activities throughout the academic year – from charity fundraisers to nights out. Our students also take part in pizza lectures, rocket engineering projects, international maths challenges, and an LGBT+ support group for maths students.

    Staff in the School of Mathematics and Statistics work on a wide range of topics, from the most abstract research in areas 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.

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    Spend a year of your degree at one of our partner universities in France, studying mathematics in French. When you’re in Sheffield, you’ll spend two-thirds of your time studying mathematics and the rest of your time developing your French language abilities.