Why study this course
This four-year degree features an adventure-packed third year studying mathematics at one of our partner universities across the globe.
Study at a university abroad where you can learn while you travel and experience the practices and culture of a different country.
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.
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.
Explore new cultures and practices while you delve deeper into the fascinating world of mathematics. You will gain knowledge and skills that will prepare you for the workplace, and not only in jobs which use maths directly. A mathematics qualification is well-respected by employers; your numerical, logical thinking and problem-solving skills enable you to tackle a variety of roles.
On this course, you will study at a university abroad during your third year before returning to Cardiff for a final year. Our School has agreements with universities across the globe, and you will have support to apply for your overseas year.
Studying abroad 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 can 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 other cultures and viewpoints, make new friends and share unforgettable experiences.
AAB-ABB. Must include grade A in Maths.
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ 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.
34-32 overall or 666-665 in 3 HL subjects. Must include grade 6 in HL Maths or Maths Analysis and Approaches.
DD in a BTEC Diploma in any subject and grade A in A-Level Maths.
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.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 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 must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade C/4 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). If you require a Student visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements.
We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.
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
- 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.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
Students from the UK and Ireland
|Year three (sandwich year)||Reduced fee||None|
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
|Year three (sandwich year)||Reduced fee||None|
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.
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.
Course specific equipment
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
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 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.
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 in Statistics, Mechanics, and Finance.
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 the application stage.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Elementary Differential Equations||MA1001||10 credits|
|Computing for Mathematics||MA1003||20 credits|
|Foundations of Mathematics I||MA1005||20 credits|
|Foundations of Mathematics II||MA1006||20 credits|
|Linear Algebra I||MA1008||10 credits|
|Introduction to Probability Theory||MA1500||10 credits|
In Year Two your core modules continue to build foundation knowledge in the areas of Calculus, Algebra, and Analysis. There is a greater choice of optional modules, including Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Finance, and Operational Research.
The modules you select will inform the choices available to you in Year Four.
You are free to transfer to the BSc Mathematics degree scheme if you decide not to take the Year Abroad. The placement is organised by the School and in some cases, funding is available for travel and living costs.
You are required to pass a minimum of 100 credits to progress to the Year Abroad.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Introduction to Number Theory I||MA2011||10 credits|
|Algebra I: Groups||MA2014||10 credits|
|Vector Calculus||MA2301||10 credits|
|Vibrations and Waves||MA2303||10 credits|
|Modelling with Differential Equations||MA2320||10 credits|
|Foundations of Probability and Statistics||MA2500||20 credits|
|Operational Research||MA2601||20 credits|
|Numerical Analysis||MA2701||10 credits|
|Finance II: Investment Management||MA2800||10 credits|
|Problem Solving||MA2900||10 credits|
|Datrys Problemau||MA2901||10 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
You will spend this year at a university abroad experiencing 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.
In Year Four there are no compulsory modules and your options are wide-ranging.
You have the flexibility to specialise in a particular area of mathematics, or retain a broad set of interests and explore several different areas.
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.
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.
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
Careers and placements
You can use your BSc in Mathematics with a Year Abroad as a pathway to the workforce where you may meet our alumni working in traditional pursuits such as teaching, actuarial work, and accountancy through to IT, pharmaceutical research, engineering and more. Or, you might choose to widen your career options to include a range of related fields by completing postgraduate studies 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 are now working at 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.
- Finance Manager
- Risk Analyst
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.
Studying in Welsh
HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.