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Mathematics (BSc)

  • UCAS code: G100
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Entry Year

Why study this course

A mathematics degree offers you intellectual challenges and provides the skills in demand for a wide range of careers.

Perhaps you've always been a keen mathematician? Maybe you’re excited by solving problems and puzzles? Or you might want to use your maths skills to expand knowledge in areas as diverse as space travel, software development and complex medicine?

Whatever your reason for considering a maths degree, you’ve made a great decision. You will gain knowledge and skills that will prepare you for the workplace, and not only in jobs which use maths directly. Many employers value a mathematics qualification; your numerical, logical thinking and problem-solving skills enable you to tackle a variety of roles.

To cover the range of topics that mathematics embraces, we've made our courses flexible. Keep your degree broad with a BSc or MMath in Mathematics, or specialise in an area of your choice, from financial mathematics to statistics and operational research. 

Distinctive features

Flexible degree schemes - In most cases, you're free to switch between degrees at the end of year one if your interests change. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Professional Placement Year or a Year Abroad between years two and three. You don’t need to commit to either of these options until the start of the second year, so there’s plenty of time to decide.*

Support services - Your personal tutor is there to offer advice, in confidence, on both academic and non-academic matters. You will also have access to weekly tutorials, supervised computer laboratories and daily drop-in sessions for one-to-one support.

Summer placement opportunities - During the summer months, you will have the opportunity to complete paid work as a mathematician or statistician where you can gain valuable work experience and develop your professional skills. Our dedicated placements team can help you find a summer placement and provide support during your time there.

*This would extend the BSc degree to four years and is subject to your academic performance.

Accreditations

Where you'll study

School of Mathematics

Our intellectually exciting degrees are accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation.

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Entry requirements

AAB-ABB including Grade A in Mathematics.  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.  

36-34 points or 666-665 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.        

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.

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 three-year full-time degree. 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 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 Pure and Applied Mathematics. You're also able to choose between modules in Financial Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, and Operational Research.

Much of year one is common to all of our degree schemes so transfer to another Math degree is normally possible.

You are required to pass all First Year modules and achieve an average of at least 50% to proceed to the application stage.

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. Alongside specialist Financial Mathematics modules, you will continue to broaden your knowledge of areas like Statistics and Operational Research.

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

In Year Three, there are no compulsory modules and your options are wide-ranging.

As well as taught modules, you can also choose to undertake an individual 10-credit or 20-credit project giving you the opportunity to develop important transferable skills – communication, presentation and time management - and apply your mathematical knowledge to an investigation of your choice.

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 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.

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

26%

Guided independent study

74%

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.

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.

Year 1

Written exams

90%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

5%

Year 2

Written exams

97%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

3%

Year 3

Written exams

98%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

2%

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
  • show a commitment to lifelong learning through engaging in a process of personal development planning
Mathematics lecture room with students
Mathematics lecture room with students.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

You can use your BSc in Mathematics as a route into the workforce, where you could meet our alumni working in traditional jobs such as teaching, actuarial work, and accounting, as well as IT, pharmaceutical research, engineering and more. Alternatively, you may choose to expand your career options to include a range of related areas by completing postgraduate studies in sciences, computing or engineering.

In 2017-18, 89% of the School's graduates who were available for work said they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating. Some of our alumni now work in the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 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

There is the option of taking a year studying at a university abroad between your second and third years. This would extend the BSc degree to four years. You can also change to a degree programme that includes a year of Professional Placement. This would also extend your BSc degree to four years. Both of these options may depend 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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