Mathematics with a Year Abroad (MMath)

Entry year

2018/19 2019/20

The five-year MMath programme provides the opportunity to delve more deeply into pure and applied mathematics than is possible on a BSc course.

A Mathematical Formula.

The MMath Mathematics course offers you the opportunity to delve more deeply into pure and applied mathematics than is possible on a BSc course.

This particular version of the degree allows you to spend your third year studying abroad before returning to Cardiff for two more years. 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 MMath course is an ideal preparation if you want to go on to work in research or for a technological company or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of mathematics and develop skills in demand by a range of would-be employers.

This 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.

Distinctive features

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
  • offers an education in mathematics appropriate for those intending to become professional mathematicians, or who wish to gain a deeper understanding of mathematics
  • gives an opportunity to undertake a substantial mathematical project at an advanced level
  • 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 two more years (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.

Key facts

UCAS CodeG104
Next intakeSeptember 2018
Duration5 years
ModeFull time with year abroad
AccreditationsInstitute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 170 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 700 applications.
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Entry requirements

Typical A level offerAAA/A*AB including an A in Mathematics. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted. 
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerThe 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 offerAchieve 36 overall in the IB Diploma with 6 in HL Maths or achieve the IB Diploma with 666 in 3 HL subjects including Maths
Alternative qualificationsAlternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Mathematics admissions criteria pages.
English Language requirementsIf 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 requirementsYou 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 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 2018/19 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2018. You are advised to check the final module descriptions when they are available to ensure that the programme meets your needs.

Year one

Most of the first year modules are compulsory, but you can choose to study one other mathematics module or one from another subject.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Differential EquationsMA100110 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IMA100520 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IIMA100620 credits
Linear Algebra IMA100810 credits
Fundamental skills for University and BeyondMA190010 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
GeometryMA100410 credits
Classical MechanicsMA130110 credits
Introduction to Probability TheoryMA150010 credits
Statistical InferenceMA150110 credits
Computing for MathematicsMA170110 credits
Finance I: Financial Markets and Corporate Financial ManagementMA180110 credits

Year two

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

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
Finance II: Investment ManagementMA280010 credits
Problem SolvingMA290010 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits

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

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

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.

How will I be taught?

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.

How will I spend my time? (2017/18 data)

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

null%

Guided independent study

null%

Placements

null%

Year 4

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

null%

Guided independent study

null%

Placements

null%

Year 5

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

null%

Guided independent study

null%

Placements

null%

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.

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.

Your major research project in year five is assessed through a written report and its oral examination.

The grade of your final degree is currently based on 10% from your year two studies, 10% from your placement abroad, 30% from year four and 50% from year five.  An average of at least 55% in years one and two is required to continue on this programme.

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.

Feedback:

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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

90%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

5%

Year 2

Written exams

97%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

3%

Year 3

Written exams

null%

Practical exams

null%

Coursework

null%

Year 4

Written exams

null%

Practical exams

null%

Coursework

null%

Year 5

Written exams

null%

Practical exams

null%

Coursework

null%

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

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.

Graduates of the MMath course often progress to PhD and other advanced studies. 

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.

Jobs

  • Finance Manager
  • Statistician
  • Risk Analyst
  • Lecturer

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2018/19)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,000None

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 feeDepositNotes
£19,950None

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.

Accomodation

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 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.

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