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Mathemateg gyda Blwyddyn Dramor (MMath)

  • UCAS code: G104
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Mode: Full time with year abroad

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Entry Year

Why study this course

The MMath degree will help you gain a competitive edge in the graduate employment market or prepare for a research career, all while exploring other cultures and practices on a Year Abroad.

The MMath degree expands on the BSc to prepare you for high-level entry into relevant professions. It’s also a solid base for pursuing a research career.

You will learn the same content as the four-year BSc with a Year Abroad degree, plus an additional year where you will complete a major piece of project work, such as:

  • a survey of an existing area of mathematical theory not covered in taught modules
  • an introductory research project
  • the development of a piece of mathematical software

Not only will you explore a research topic of your choice, but you will also develop the crucial project and time management skills that graduate employers are looking for. You will also demonstrate that you are at the forefront of the discipline through extensive coverage of topics such as Mathematical Analysis, Mathematical Physics and Fluid Dynamics. 

On this course, you will study at a university abroad during your third year. Our School has agreements with institutions across the globe, and you will have support to apply for your overseas year.

Studying abroad as part of your university experience is a great way to broaden your academic knowledge, immerse yourself in another culture and gain skills that could be valued by employers. Not only will it enhance your CV by demonstrating key skills such as communication, flexibility and collaborative working, it can also provide you with valuable networking opportunities. Above all, it is the start of a new adventure. A chance to experience new cultures and viewpoints, make new friends and share unforgettable experiences.

Distinctive features

Year abroad - You will study at a university abroad where you can learn while you travel and experience the practices and culture of a different country.

Specialist knowledge - Alongside learning a broad range of advanced mathematical techniques, you will gain specialist knowledge and skills through extensive coverage of topics beyond the scope of the BSc degree.

Project-based year - During your final year, you will have the opportunity to complete a substantial mathematical project at an advanced level in a research area of your choice.

Flexible degree schemes - In most cases, you're free to switch between degree programmes at the end of year one if your interests change. You don’t need to choose a university abroad until the beginning of year two, so there’s plenty of time to explore your options and decide where you would like to go.

Support facilities - Your personal tutor who is able to offer advice, in confidence, on both academic and non-academic matters. Plus, you will have access to weekly tutorials, supervised computer laboratories, and daily drop-in sessions for one-to-one support.

Accreditations

Where you'll study

Yr Ysgol Mathemateg

Mae ein graddau deallusol cyffrous wedi'u hachredu er mwyn cwrdd â gofynion addysgol enwebiad Mathemategydd Siartredig.

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  • MarkerFfordd Senghennydd, Caerdydd, CF24 4AG

Entry requirements

AAA-AAB including Grade A in Maths. Please note that General Studies is not accepted for entry.  

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DD in BTEC plus A in Maths at A-level. 

36 points or 666 in 3 Higher Level subjects, to include 6 in Higher level Maths or Higher Level Maths Analysis and Approaches. Higher Level Maths Applications and Interpretations will be considered on a case-by-case basis but is not accepted as standard for entry. 36 pwynt neu 666 mewn 3 phwnc Lefel Uwch, I gynnwys 6 mewn mathemateg lefel uwch neu 6 mewn dadansoddiadau dadansoddi. Bydd Ceisiadau a Dehongliadau Mathemateg Lefel Uwch yn cael eu hystyried fesul achos, ni fyddwn yn derbyn hyn fel safon mynediad.  

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

Find out about our Schools' admissions criteria, offer guarantee scheme, changes to programmes and translating your documents.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Costs for sandwich years

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a five-year full-time degree with year three spent studying abroad. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Most modules are worth 10 or 20 credits and you need to earn 120 credits a year. The modules you choose in years two and four will inform the choices available to you later.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

In Year One your core modules will cover the foundation areas of Calculus, Algebra, Analysis, Computing, and Probability. You're also able to choose optional modules up to 10 credits in another subject.

Much of Year One is common to all of our degree schemes so transfer to another Mathematics degree is normally possible.

You are required to pass all first-year modules and achieve an average of at least 50% to proceed to application.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Differential EquationsMA100110 credits
GeometryMA100410 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IMA100520 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IIMA100620 credits
Linear Algebra IMA100810 credits
Introduction to Probability TheoryMA150010 credits
Computing for MathematicsMA170110 credits
Fundamental skills for University and BeyondMA190010 credits

Year two

In Year Two your core modules continue to build foundation knowledge in the areas of Calculus, Algebra, and Analysis.You will also continue to broaden your knowledge of areas like Statistics and Operational Research.

There is a greater choice of optional modules in Year Two, currently making up 40 credits of your total for the year.

The modules you select will inform the choices available to you in Year Three.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Complex AnalysisMA200310 credits
Series and TransformsMA200410 credits
Real AnalysisMA200610 credits
Linear Algebra IIMA200820 credits
Multivariable and Vector CalculusMA201020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Modelling with Differential EquationsMA023210 credits
Operational ResearchMA026120 credits
Introduction to Number Theory IMA201110 credits
GroupsMA201310 credits
Vibrations and WavesMA230310 credits
Foundations of Probability and StatisticsMA250020 credits
Numerical AnalysisMA270110 credits
Mathematical Investigations with PythonMA276010 credits
Finance II: Investment ManagementMA280010 credits
Problem SolvingMA290010 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

In Year Three you have the opportunity to spend a year at a university abroad to experience the practices and culture of a different country. We have partner institutions in a number of European countries, as well as in Australia, Canada, and the USA.

The placement is organised by the School and in some cases funding is available for travel and living costs.

If you wish to take part in the study abroad you need to achieve at least a 50% average from your first year of study and you must pass at least 100 credits from Year Two.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Study AbroadMA9990120 credits

Year four

In Year Four you will take a selection of advanced modules, allowing you to focus on topics of particular interest.The modules available in year four are closely aligned to the research interests of the School.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Fluid DynamicsMA033210 credits
Time Series Analysis and ForecastingMA036710 credits
Project (Half)MA039210 credits
Complex Function TheoryMA300010 credits
CombinatoricsMA300410 credits
Introduction to Functional and Fourier AnalysisMA300520 credits
Coding TheoryMA300710 credits
Algebraic TopologyMA300810 credits
Introduction to Number Theory 2MA301110 credits
Ordinary Differential EquationsMA301210 credits
Rings and FieldsMA301310 credits
Theoretical and Computational Partial Differential EquationsMA330320 credits
Methods of Applied MathematicsMA330420 credits
Fluid DynamicsMA330520 credits
Regression Analysis and Experimental DesignMA350220 credits
Stochastic Processes for Finance and InsuranceMA350320 credits
Algorithms and HeuristicsMA360210 credits
OptimisationMA360320 credits
Game TheoryMA360410 credits
Stochastic OR ModelsMA360610 credits
Mathematical Methods for Data MiningMA370010 credits
Behavioural FinanceMA380010 credits

Year five

In Year Five the course develops research training and enhanced mathematical skills, especially in Mathematical Analysis, Mathematical Physics and Fluid Dynamics.

There is also a major piece of project work worth 40 credits, in which you will undertake novel research. This gives you the opportunity to develop presentation and communication skills, in addition to applying your mathematical skills to a research topic of your choice.

Module titleModule codeCredits
MMath ProjectMA490040 credits

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

Teaching is carried out through lectures, small-group tutorials (fortnightly in year one) and examples classes. Increased independent learning is encouraged throughout the course.

In all years the classes are used to discuss theoretical concepts and essential mathematical techniques. You are encouraged to undertake additional reading outside of timetabled classes and reflect upon assessments and feedback.

In year five, more student participation is expected as some lectures take the form of seminars.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

29%

Guided independent study

71%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

27%

Guided independent study

73%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

0%

Guided independent study

0%

Placements

0%

Year 4

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

0%

Guided independent study

0%

Placements

0%

Year 5

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

0%

Guided independent study

0%

Placements

0%

How will I be supported?

At the start of each year you will be given a guide to module aims, learning outcomes, methods of assessment, module syllabuses and reading lists. You will be allocated a personal tutor, a member of the academic staff who will provide pastoral support and academic advice during your course.

All lecturing staff can be contacted by email and have either an ‘open door’ policy for students with specific queries about course material, or a system to book meeting times. The School Office can answer most administrative queries immediately.

For the placement abroad in year three you will be assigned a personal tutor in the host institution, to give you pastoral support and guidance. The School’s study abroad coordinator will also maintain regular contact to review your personal and academic progress. 

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, excellent libraries and resource centres.

Further learning support is also available via the University wide Maths Support Service. This provides relaxed and informal daily drop-in sessions where students are encouraged to discuss any elements of their studies with a tutor on a one-to-one or small group basis.

Year 1

Written exams

90%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

5%

Year 2

Written exams

97%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

3%

Year 3

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

0%

Year 4

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

0%

Year 5

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

0%

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and important employability skills. You will:

  • develop your communication skills and ability to communicate mathematics in written and oral form
  • demonstrate the effective self-management and organisational skills needed to undertake a substantial mathematical project
  • enhance your computing, IT, information retrieval and handling skills
  • develop your ability to apply logical and analytic thinking to problems in other disciplines
  • demonstrate group working, time management and presentational skills
  • enhance your understanding of the academic culture of higher education in a foreign country
  • show a commitment to lifelong learning through engaging in a process of personal development planning
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Careers and placements

Career prospects

You can use your MMath with a Year Abroad as a pathway to the workforce where you may meet our alumni working in a variety of fields such as data science, operational research, internet technology, medicine, banking, logistics, risk management, and marketing. Or, you might choose to widen your career options to include a range of related fields by completing a PhD in mathematics, the sciences, computing or engineering.

In 2017/18, 89% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Some of our previous students had gone on to work for companies including the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office.

Maths Careers Support

In the Spring semester of your first year, there are a range of masterclasses available to you to help support your future career prospects. The classes cover work experience, CV and covering letters, application forms, interview techniques, and an introduction to LinkedIn.

We have a regularly-updated student jobs board featuring a range of volunteering, internship, placement, and graduate opportunities. Plus, we organise a full programme of student and employer presentations every year with employers, such as Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, PwC, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Sainsburys, Network Rail, GSK, Office of National Statistics, Welsh Government, the MOD, Welsh Water, and the Met Office.

The School of Mathematics also has a Careers Management Skills Programme, presentations by students returning from industry and a range of sponsored prizes awarded for academic achievement.

Placements

The option of spending year three studying abroad extends the MMath degree to five years. We have agreements with a number of institutions across Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. In some cases funding is available for travel and living costs.

If you decide not to do a placement abroad you can transfer to the four year MMath programme or to one of the BSc programmes.  BSc programmes with a year of Professional Placement have a duration of four years and may be dependent on your academic performance.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 36% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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