Undergraduate

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Overview

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Mathematical Sciences is a broad term that includes the academic disciplines of Pure Mathematics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, and Statistics. It also includes certain subfields of computer science, engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences, in which mathematical methods play an important role.

Our Undergraduate Programmes


The Division of Mathematical Sciences (MAS) offers the following four-year undergraduate degree programmes:

  1. BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences.
  2. BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences with Minor in Finance.
  3. BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences and Economics (Double Major).
  4. BSc (Hons) in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.
  5. BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Economics. (This is no longer offered from Academic Year 2018/2019 onwards, except to returning NSmen who were previously offered the programme.)

During the first two years of study, our students read common core courses covering the fundamental topics of mathematics: calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, scientific programming, and mathematical exposition. This builds a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge, giving them maximum flexibility for choosing more advanced topics of study.

In the last two years, students will tailor their course of study to their interests, by focusing on one of four tracks:

  • Pure Mathematics – topology, abstract algebra, number theory, differential geometry, etc.
  • Applied Mathematics – numerical analysis, optimization, coding theory, cryptography, etc.
  • Statistics – regression analysis, stochastic processes, time series analysis, etc.
  • Business Analytics – algorithms, business operations and processes, optimization, etc.

Students in the Mathematical Sciences with Minor in Finance, Mathematical Sciences and Economics (Double Major), and Data Science and Artificial Intelligence programmes will also take courses in the second area of study (finance / economics / data science and AI).

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Programme Outcomes


NTU has identified a set of desired attributes for graduates that will empower them to meet the global challenges of the 21st century as innovative and socially-responsible leaders. These attributes are Competence, Creativity, Communications, Civic-mindedness and Character. The MAS curriculum is designed to meet these criteria, by giving our graduates the following skills and abilities:

Competence
Understanding
Able to independently process and interpret mathematical theories and methodologies, and apply them to solve problems.
Rigour
Able to formulate statements using precise and rigorous mathematical language.
Intuition
Able to discover patterns by abstraction from examples.
Modern Tool Usage
Able to use computer technology to solve problems, and to communicate mathematical ideas.
Creativity
Critical Thinking
Able to critically assess the applicability of mathematical tools in the workplace.
Analysis
Able to critically analyse data from a multitude of sources.
Interdisciplinary Capabilities
Able to build on the connection between subfields of mathematics to tackle new problems.
Creativity
Able to develop new applications of existing techniques.
Communication
Communication
Able to present mathematics ideas logically and coherently, at the appropriate level for the intended audience.
Teamwork
Able to work in teams on complicated projects that require applications of mathematics, and communicate the results verbally and in written form.
Civic-mindedness
Professionalism
Able to develop and communicate mathematical ideas and concepts relevant in everyday life for the benefits of society.
Character
Ethics
Able to act in socially responsible and ethical ways in line with the societal expectations of a mathematics professional, particularly in relation to analysis of data, computer security, numerical computations and algorithms.

Careers After Graduation


Our graduates have gone on to satisfying careers in many areas of the economy, including finance, banking, insurance, information technology, the education service, research and development (R&D), and the government. Specific occupations include:

  • Banking, Finance, and Insurance — financial modeller/analyst, financial planner, actuary, risk analyst, etc.
  • Information Technology (IT) — software developer, systems administrator, computer systems analyst, data analyst, computer security analyst, etc.
  • Research & Development (R&D) and Education — research at DSO National Laboratories, A*Star research institutes, academia, etc.
  • Logistics and Business — operations research analyst, quality control analyst, resource management analyst, business consultant, etc.
  • Biomedical industry — biostatistician, bioinformatics specialist, epidemiologist, etc.
  • Government — policy/regulatory/operations jobs at Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Trade and Industry, etc.