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 series 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 Institute’s CPD scheme may be found on the Institute’s website Continuing Professional Development Scheme. This scheme is not obligatory.
Applicants must complete and sign an application form and supply transcript(s) of degree(s). The signature constitutes a contract to abide by the requirements of the designation. A properly completed application will not be processed until the appropriate fees are received. See Membership Rates Page for current fees. See also Further Information below.
The application must include a detailed statement outlining current and previous professional activities. The statement is the most important part of the application and should make the case for acceptance by the Membership Committee. Additional information, for example a summary publication list, may be enclosed, but should not normally exceed four sides of A4 paper.
Applicants for the designation should show the application form to two referees who must read and sign it. The referees must be people who can confirm that the information on the application form is correct and who can comment on the extent that the requirements for postgraduate training and experience, and the professional standing of the applicant’s recent employment have been met. A signature is taken to mean that in that referee's opinion the applicant meets the requirements for the designation. Ideally, at least one referee should be a Chartered Mathematician or failing that a senior member of a relevant professional body. At least one referee should, in general, be from the applicant’s current employment.
Referees will later be invited to submit comprehensive references. These references are crucial in the consideration of the application, so applicants should ensure that referees have a detailed knowledge of the applicant’s work and at least one should be more senior than the applicant, or of equal seniority but working for a different organisation.
Applications for the Chartered Mathematician designation 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 membership at Member (MIMA) or Fellow (FIMA) grade and the Chartered Mathematician designation simultaneously.
A non-refundable entrance fee must be enclosed with the application, but the annual Chartered Mathematician subscription fee first becomes due at the same time as the applicant’s annual membership subscription fee.
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