Frameworks for higher education qualifications in England, Wales, and in Scotland have been published. These contain the following common descriptor for masters degrees awarded within UK.
Chartered Mathematician Designation
The Chartered Mathematician (CMath) designation represents high levels of professionalism and competence in mathematics. It is awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications to practicing professional mathematicians who demonstrate, as well as their professional status and competence, a commitment to keep pace with advancing knowledge in mathematics and its applications.
Applicants for admission to the register of Chartered Mathematicians must be a Member (MIMA) or Fellow of the Institute and meet the requirements in the following four components:
- Postgraduate training and experience
- Professional standing
- Continuing Professional Development
Applicants should provide suitable documentary evidence to demonstrate that they have met these requirements, which are detailed below.
The educational requirements can be met by one of the following.
- An approved MMath honours degree.
- An approved BSc honours degree in mathematics followed by a higher level taught or research degree in mathematics or a cognate subject.
- An approved BSc honours degree in mathematics followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the QAA for taught masters degrees.
- A BSc or Masters undergraduate pass degree in mathematics followed by subsequent acquisition in education or employment of mathematical competences equivalent to those in 1, 2, or 3 above.
- A BSc or Masters undergraduate degree in mathematics which is taken in combination with one or more other subjects, or in a discipline with a high mathematics content such as engineering or a physical science, followed by subsequent acquisition in education or employment of mathematical competences equivalent to those in 1, 2, or 3 above.
Degrees in mathematics are approved by the Institute’s Higher Education Service Area on the basis of consideration of the specification, correspondence and visits as appropriate. Mathematical topics must constitute at least two-thirds of the total content at each stage of the course.
The QAA competences for taught masters degrees are detailed in Chartered designations: Appendix A.
Postgraduate Training and Experience
Applicants are required to have at least five years postgraduate training and experience, including employment for a minimum of two years, requiring the application of mathematical knowledge.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have developed a set of mathematical, generic and specific competences as described in Chartered designations: Appendix B.
Applicants who can demonstrate that they have successfully completed an approved Graduate Training Scheme, or followed the Initial Professional Development Scheme, will have met the postgraduate training and experience requirements for obtaining the Chartered Mathematician designation. Compliance over several years with the requirements of the Continuing Professional Development Scheme will provide strong supporting evidence that applicants have met the training and experience requirements.
An applicant must have been employed at an appropriate level of professional standing for a minimum period of two years in which the professional skills of a chartered mathematician are pertinent to the execution of the duties of the post. A summary of expectations for posts in education, science, technology, commerce, engineering and finance is contained in Chartered designations: Appendix C.
Continuing Professional Development
Applicants are required to make a commitment to maintaining their continuing professional development throughout their careers.
Details of the IMA’s CPD scheme may be found in the Continuing Professional Development section. This scheme is not obligatory.
How to Apply
Applicants must supply all information as requested on the application form, either hardcopy or on the portal, and indicate their agreement to the declaration. This agreement constitutes a contract to abide by the rules of the Institute. Where possible, all applications should be accompanied by transcript(s) of degree(s). A properly completed application will not be processed until the appropriate fees are received.
Applicants for the designation should nominate two referees who will be invited to submit comprehensive references. These references are crucial in the consideration of the application.
The referees must be people who have detailed knowledge and understanding of the applicant’s work and who can comment on the extent that the requirements for education, postgraduate training and experience, and the professional standing of the applicant’s recent employment, have been met.
Referees should be senior than the applicant, or of equal seniority but working for a different department or organisation. Ideally, at least one referee should be a Chartered Mathematician or failing that a senior member of a relevant professional body. In general, at least one referee should be from the applicant’s current employment.
Applications are considered by the Membership Committee. Applications usually take two to three months to process from receipt at Catherine Richards House.
Chartered mathematicians are entitled to use the title ‘Chartered Mathematician’ and may use CMath as a prefix to membership grade (i.e. CMath MIMA or CMath FIMA).
Applicants may apply for Advanced membership and the Chartered Mathematician designation simultaneously.
Contact the Membership Team
For further guidance or to talk to somebody about getting chartered, contact the membership department.
A mathematician seeking a Chartered designation status will need to demonstrate employment experience requiring the application of mathematical skills gained during a degree course
It will be assumed that all research fellows have obtained a PhD or equivalent. Research fellows may participate in some lecturing or other teaching activities.