MMath with French/German/Spanish Language
& BSc/MMath with Study in Europe
The four-year MMath degrees with French/German/Spanish Language and
BSc/MMath with Study in Europe allow students to spend the third of their
four years studying mathematics and statistics in a University in Europe.
Approximately one third of the time in the first two years is spent taking
language courses in the Modern Languages
Teaching Centre (MLTC) and two thirds taking Pure Mathematics and Statistics
(in approximately equal proportions). Year three is spent abroad taking courses in
mathematics and statistics (lectured in the local language) as well as further
language courses and year four is back in Sheffield. Examinations are taken abroad
and credits and grades are transferred back to Sheffield. It is not usually possible
to take Applied Mathematics courses as part of the MMath with French/German/Spanish Language
degrees nor with the BSc/MMath with Study in Europe degrees. Information about the degree schemes
and a list of FAQs (subject to change) is given here.
It is possible to spend either one or two semesters abroad at one of the European partner
institutions (provided you have adequate knowledge of the language) as part of the
four-year MMath degree (but not as part of the three-year BSc degree), click
here to find out a little more. If you are interested
in spending a year abroad in Australia, Canada or the USA then click
for some more information. It is also possible for postgraduates (MSc and PhD)
to participate in the Erasmus programme and visit one of our European partner
institutions for a period of between 3 and 9 months with the agreement of your supervisor.
The year abroad is spent in one of the Mathematics and Statistics Departments'
universities under the
This ensures that details such as tuition fees and additional grants are handled under
funded EU programmes. A full list of the partner universities covering a selection of
Universities in the EU countries is given
and a summary guide to which subjects they offer and which of the three
Mathematics and Statistics Departments look after the link is given in the
pdf document outlining the scheme. Click here to
view this. Links direct to statistics departments in some of these universities
are given on the links page. It is
not possible to spend the year abroad in any University other than one of our
partners. A general guide to starting at Universities in France and Germany (subject to change) is
The standard entry requirements for MMath with French/German/Spanish are A, A and B in
three academic subjects at A-level, with an A in Mathematics and at least a B in the
The standard entry requirements for MMath with Study in Europe are A, A and B in
three academic subjects at A-level, with an A in Mathematics, and at least a B at AS-Level
in a language which must be one of French, German, Spanish or Italian.
However, it is recommended that candidates should have at least grade C at A-level in their language.
Candidates with only the minimum grade B at AS-Level in their language maybe
recommended to undertake some further study during the summer prior to entry or
during their first year. Candidates with this minimium level should contact
either Dr Eleanor Stillman
(who is the tutor for these degree programmes) or the
Modern Languages Teaching Centre (MLTC)
as soon as possible after final results are known.
The Modern Languages Teaching Centre (MLTC)
offers courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish at a variety of stages (1, 2, 3, 4 and,
in the case of French and German at stage 5). In addition to these courses which concentrate
on language skills at increasing levels it offers various project, tandem learning, placement
preparation and year abroad diary modules at these levels.
Candidates are assessed to determine the appropriate stage to start study in the MLTC.
Generally, candidates with an A or B at A-level would start at stage 3, those with lower grades
would start at stage 2. It is usually a requirement that candidates should take a
placement preparation module in the Spring semester of their second year. This module
provides the social, cultural and practical preparation for study in the particular host
partner University for the year abroad. It includes researching the social and cultural
background of the city and region as well as practical tasks of registration, arranging
accommodation and residence permits etc.
It is a requirement of the degree programme that language study should continue in
year three at the host institution if suitable courses are available. If such courses
are not provided by the host institution then candidates should instead take the MLTC
year abroad modules. These involve keeping a Year Abroad Diary in Autumn Semester and
either a further Diary in Spring Semester or a Project which can involve analysis of
data relating to some aspect of the city or region. Further details of these courses
are available from the MLTC home page.
Available Languages and Destinations
Generally candidates spend two years taking the same language to level three or four to
prepare for studying in the corresponding country (or countries): i.e. French for study
in France; German for Germany and Austria; Italian for Italy and Spanish (Castilian)
for Spain. However, for those who complete Stage 3 in year 1 with good results (II(i)
or better) it may be possible to arrange intensive instruction in Dutch or Swedish (after
German) for study in Holland or Belgium or Sweden and Catalan or Portuguese (after
either Spanish or French Stage 3, preferably with previous A-level or grade A GCSE
in the other language). Catalan is needed for Barcelona and Portugese for Lisbon.
(Barcelona provides an excellent one month intensive immersion course in Catalan
immediately before the start of the semester. This caters for those with knowledge
of Spanish and French but no Catalan).
Not all partner Universities offer Probability or Statistics (most offer Pure Mathematics). A guide to which partner Universities offer which subjects (subject to change) is given here.
Assessment of Period Abroad
A document describing the transfer of credits from your year abroad to Sheffield is available
Registering for Year 4
Choice of modules and registration for the fourth year normally takes place in May of
your third year. You may already have given an indication of your choice of modules
following a meeting in May of your second year but we need to have more up to date information,
especially if you are taking SOM300 or one of the project courses
(which you will have to do if you are taking the MMath course). A copy of the up-to-date
level 3/4 booklet giving details of modules and regulations is available
In common with all other students, you must complete on-line module choice
by a specified date in May. The univeristy will contact you by email with the relevant
information and instructions.
Further queries can be resolved by contacting Dr Eleanor Stillman who is the tutor for these degree programmes.
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