Mathematics is intrinsically beautiful and can be studied for its own sake: you can gain pleasure from the subtleties of sets, numbers, patterns and algebraic structures, and develop logical and analytical skills. Mathematics is also the central tool in the physical and natural sciences as well as in other disciplines such as finance, economics, management and IT. Whatever your taste in Mathematics, Copperbelt University’s varied curriculum will have something to suit you.
By studying Mathematics you gain a diverse range of transferable skills. You learn how to apply the universal language of mathematics in a multiplicity of situations and see connections between them. Mathematics also provides an excellent foundation for a variety of fulfilling career paths or opportunities for further study.
The mathematics degree program consists of core and optional courses completed in four years. The core courses cover the fundamental topics required from a mathematics degree. The optional modules offered are specific to the course and provide specialist knowledge in that area.
As your degree progresses many more subjects are introduced through core and optional modules. The curriculum is designed to give you ‘pick and mix’ routes of study as you progress. These routes will lead from the fundamental mathematics of your first year to the complex mathematics relevant to the solution of problems by the end of the degree. Topics covered in the degree courses include the mathematics behind the prediction of complex processes like the financial mathematics, epidemiology, weather or biological systems, and the deep understanding of numbers that allows you to tell whether a given equation can be solved or not. Other streams of modules give you opportunities to understand the history of mathematics or hone your skills at presenting your ideas and communicating your thoughts – skills vital to almost every profession.
Students will have developed advanced technical skills within the field of Mathematics together with an ability to critically analyse and evaluate complex problems. These skills should equip students to enter careers in Mathematics in a variety of roles.
There is a shortage of Mathematics-related skills both nationally and regionally, and in particular there is a recognised severe shortage of Mathematicians in industry. Hence the Mathematics qualification that this course offers will make its graduates highly employable.
Excellent career opportunities will also be open in operational research, statistics, information analysis, financial advising, actuarial work and accountancy.
You will be able to demonstrate a full understanding, knowledge to the analysis, design and synthesis of
solutions to problems which require mathematics for their resolution.
Within this programme, you will apply knowledge of
mathematics with particular and experience of complex and
specialised areas of mathematics; Select and apply
appropriate techniques reference to its applications in
other subject areas (e.g. mathematical education, analysis and modelling of business and finance, computing and
You will be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how
established techniques of research and enquiry are used to
create and interpret knowledge in mathematics.
Conduct research into current mathematical literature;
review, analyse and evaluate findings in a professional manner.
The mathematics programs will enable you to deal with
complex issues both systematically and creatively, making sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and
communicating conclusions clearly to specialist and