Mathematics with a Year Abroad (BSc)
You study Mathematics because it is fascinating, challenging and elegant and because it provides the skills much in demand for a wide range of careers
The BSc in Mathematics at Cardiff is flexible, allowing you to specialise as you progress through the course or to maintain a broad range of modules from the major branches of mathematics.
This particular version of the degree allows you to spend your third year studying abroad before returning to Cardiff for a final year. The School of Mathematics has agreements with institutions across Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia, and you will have support to apply for your overseas year.
The BSc course has an essential core of pure mathematics linked with modules from applied mathematics, statistics, computing and operational research and you will sample all of these branches in your first year.
Studying Mathematics at Cardiff:
- offers a sound basis of knowledge, understanding and skills in the main areas of mathematics
- encourages an understanding of abstract mathematical concepts, logical argument and deductive reasoning
- gives you the opportunity to study some applications of mathematics, and to develop problem-solving skills using mathematical and statistical
- has an emphasis on independent learning
This particular version of the degree allows you to spend your third year studying abroad before returning to Cardiff for a final year (please see above).
Much of year one is common to our courses, so if you wish to change to another course within the School this may be possible.
|Next intake||September 2018|
|Mode||Full time with year abroad|
|Accreditations||Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)|
|Typical places available||The School typically has approx 170 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives approx 700 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||AAA - A*BB including an A in Mathematics. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||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.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||Achieve 36-34 overall in the IB Diploma with 6 in HL Maths or achieve the IB Diploma with 665 in 3 HL subjects including Maths|
|Alternative qualifications||Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Mathematics admissions criteria pages.|
|English Language requirements||If you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.|
|Other requirements||You will require GCSE English or Welsh Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C.|
This is a four-year full-time degree with year three spent studying abroad. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Modules are worth 10 or 20 credits and you need to earn 120 credits a year. The modules you choose in years one and two 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 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018.
Most of the first year modules are compulsory, but you can choose to study up to 20 credits from another subject.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Classical Mechanics||MA1301||10 credits|
|Introduction to Probability Theory||MA1500||10 credits|
|Statistical Inference||MA1501||10 credits|
|Computing for Mathematics||MA1701||10 credits|
|Finance I: Financial Markets and Corporate Financial Management||MA1801||10 credits|
There is a greater choice of optional modules in year two and the modules you select will inform the choices available to you in years three and four.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Algorithms and Data Structures||CM2303||20 credits|
|Modelling with Differential Equations||MA0232||10 credits|
|Operational Research||MA0261||20 credits|
|Introduction to Number Theory I||MA2011||10 credits|
|Vibrations and Waves||MA2303||10 credits|
|Foundations of Probability and Statistics||MA2500||20 credits|
|Numerical Analysis||MA2701||10 credits|
|Finance II: Investment Management||MA2800||10 credits|
|Problem Solving||MA2900||10 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
The School of Mathematics gives you an 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.
The modules available in year four are closely aligned to the research interests of the School. There are no compulsory modules and your options are wide-ranging. As well as taught modules you can choose a 10 credit or 20 credit project, giving you the opportunity to develop communication and presentational skills and to learn how to apply your mathematical skills to an investigation of your choice.
How will I be taught?
Teaching is carried out through lectures, small-group tutorials 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.
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, and 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.
How will I be assessed?
Many modules have written examinations at the end of the autumn or spring Semesters, with some also having an element of continuous assessment. This may include problem-solving exercises, written reports, computer programs and oral presentations. Feedback on progress is typically provided through a combination of discussion in class, written comments on submitted work and review of outline solutions to problems. You are encouraged to discuss any queries related to specific modules with individual lecturers.
The grade of your final degree will be based on 20% from your year two studies, 10% from the year three placement and 70% from year four.
Your year abroad will be assessed on the results from the courses studied in the host institution and a presentation and oral exam at the start of the next term back in Cardiff.
You may also be asked to share your experiences with students considering the study-abroad option.
Written feedback and outline solutions on in-course assessment give you an opportunity to reflect on your progress. Further feedback is provided in examples classes and tutorials (in year one) to review problems in more detail and discuss potential solutions. You should discuss any queries related to specific modules with individual lecturers. There are a number of further feedback mechanisms in place to support your study; please see “How will I be supported?” below.
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
- develop good self-management and organisational skills
- 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
- develop your understanding of the academic culture in a foreign country
- show a commitment to lifelong learning through engaging in a process of personal development planning
Specialist numerical skills and logical and analytical thought are qualities in demand across a range of stimulating and rewarding careers. Employers of graduates from the School of Mathematics include the financial services sector and organisations such as the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office.
The School of Mathematics also has a Careers Management Skills Programme, company presentations held in the School, presentations by students returning from industry and a range of sponsored prizes awarded for academic achievement.
In 2015/16, 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.
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UK and EU students (2018/19)
The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in the second and subsequent years of a course as permitted by law or Welsh Government policy. Where applicable we will notify you of any change in tuition fee by the end of June in the academic year before the one in which the fee will increase.
Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Students from outside the EU (2018/19)
Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes and Medical and Dental courses. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.
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.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
The option of spending year three studying abroad extends the BSc degree to four 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 will have two options. You can change to a three year BSc Mathematics programme, or a degree programme that includes a year of Professional Placement. A year of Professional Placement will keep the duration of your BSc degree at four years. This option may be dependent on your academic performance.