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Hi guys!I'm Spanish and I will be going to the UK to study Maths next year. I really like Bath, but because they have such a variety I don't know whether to pick Mathematics or Mathematical Sciences.I have recently changed my original course to Maths, and so far I've heard that Mathematical Sciences has less compulsory subjects and is a bit broader rather than specialising so much on Pure and Applied Maths. I think this suits me better, but I was wondering if any of you knew more concrete differences between the two and/or advantages/disadvantages of each one!Thanks
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Hi are you applying for undergrad? I would suggest that you check the course page on the website and look at the modules, the classes that you could take.

I had a quick look at the programmes at Bath and I think basically the Mathematical Sciences course offer you classes in other areas of science in the latter years, for example physics, computing and finance, whereas the Maths course doesn't offer very many classes in areas other than maths. that's not to say you can't take maths classes if you study the former and can't take computing/physics classes if you study the latter. most of these seem to be optional and since you have a huge variety of options, your classes choice could be flexible too.

in case you didn't find the list of courses, you can see it here:
http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/201...SMA-AFB15.html
http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/201...SMA-AFB13.html

I would recommend that if you already know what you want to do in the future, take the degree that's more suitable for you. for example if you would want to do further studies in maths or go into academia then it would be preferable to do maths in your UG; but that's not to say that you can't do so if you take the maths sciences degree. likewise if you would prefer working in other areas of science then maybe it'd be more beneficial for you to do maths sciences, but even in the maths course you do have some options of non-maths classes.

however there is a possibility that you change your plans in the future, so don't stress too much about it now. if things go wrong I'm sure the department at Bath could help you, or they might even let you switch to the other course if it's really that bad :P

good luck with your choices! if you have any further questions just let me know, I'll try to help as a 3rd year maths student
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(Original post by gata)
Hi guys!I'm Spanish and I will be going to the UK to study Maths next year. I really like Bath, but because they have such a variety I don't know whether to pick Mathematics or Mathematical Sciences.I have recently changed my original course to Maths, and so far I've heard that Mathematical Sciences has less compulsory subjects and is a bit broader rather than specialising so much on Pure and Applied Maths. I think this suits me better, but I was wondering if any of you knew more concrete differences between the two and/or advantages/disadvantages of each one!Thanks
You can freely change your degree at least in the first year anyway as both the straight maths and mathematical sciences options have the exact same modules in first year. I wouldn't worry too much about which one you pick yet, I'm on the Masters course at Bath for maths but will likely change my course over Easter
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Thank you so much guys! It really did help, I think I'm going to do Mathematical Sciences because it does suit me better but knowing I can always switch if I change my mind.
On that note, what is it like at Bath stuying Maths in general?
So far I have offers from Durham, King's and Bath and I'm waiting for Edinburgh to answer, and I'm given my final decision a lot of thought so your opinions would be greatly valued!
Again, thank you!

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I've only heard bad things about maths at King's. I believe Durham has a great reputation for its maths course actually. not so sure about Edinburgh. which uni do you plan to firm/insurance?
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Edinburgh has a highly renowned course and department but degrees in Scotland are very different to degrees in E&W.

There's a 'first year', mainly for Scottish students going to uni at 17, which you can skip entirely if you get good grades in A-level maths and further maths and go straight into second year.

The good thing about doing the first year is that you'll be alongside the majority of other new students. The bad thing is that you'd repeat the further maths all over again which might be very frustrating for some.

There is a whole lot of optional modules for you to choose from in years 3 and 4, some of which are very, very challenging.

The only bad thing I will say is that when I was there in year 4 there weren't really any proper tutorials or supervisions like there are at other universities. You were very much expected to go out and find help by yourself.

In year 3 however when I was there they had an excellent 4-on-1 weekly session with a lecturer. These were extremely helpful for getting help with the core modules.

Another good thing about studying in Scotland is that you would pay £0 since you're from an EU country (excluding the rest of the UK).
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I'm thinking either Bath or Edinburgh... that's exactly what I had heard from each of them!
They both have a great reputation and are both beautiful places, although the weather factor is kind of pushing me back from Edinburgh (I'm Spanish) I really appreciate the fact that tuition is free which would be a massive help.
Bath is also closer to home... I think I just have to go with my gut feeling when I visit next week!
Thank you so much guys!
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