BSc

Computer Science / Mathematics

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Key Facts

Code GG14
  • Typical A-level offer

    ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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Computer Science and Mathematics allow you to uncover a fascinating and challenging discipline that combines the identification and analysis of shapes and patters with data collation and calculation; whilst at the same time allowing you to discover the fundamentals of computer science, to solve complex problems that include analysis, design, solution choice and implementation. This course is engineered to prepare you for the demands for industry. 

Department of Computer Science: 92% overall satisfaction for the course Computer Science (NSS, 2017)

99% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 9% more than Computer Science graduates nationally(DLHE 2017)

95% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 15% more than Computer Science graduates nationally, (DLHE 2017)

Department of Mathematics: 3rd in the UK for satisfaction with Teaching on the course for the subject of Mathematics and Statistics (NSS 2017)

93% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Mathematical Science graduates nationally (DLHE 2017)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

Why study Computer Science and Mathematics at Aberystwyth?

  • Mathematics has been taught at Aberystwyth since 1872, so that the department builds on over 140 years of teaching excellence, employing lecturers who are committed teachers and internationally-recognised researchers.
  • A degree accredited by the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which gives you a head start when you enter the competitive job market.
  • Our research ranked 11th in the UK and 1st in Wales (Times Higher Education).
  • Students have access to dedicated Linux, Mac OS X laboratories and central servers.
  • Taught by lecturers who have close links with the industry and software engineering conferences.
  • Students on this course have access our to robotic equipment including Ardvinos, mobile robots and sailing robots.
  • Both Departments offer a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Departments.
Our Staff

Almost all of the Department of Computer Science Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are qualified to PhD level, and those who are not have considerable research or industrial experience. All new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows are required to obtain the PGCTHE, and hence are Senior Fellows or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The department also employs a number of part time demonstrators and tutors and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Research fellows and research assistants (mostly PhD qualified) may also be involved in delivering occasional teaching when it is appropriate.

All lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. The majority have a postgraduate teaching qualification and new staff are required to complete the PGCTHE. The department also employs a number of part time tutors, with extensive teaching experience, and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Employability

Career prospects

A degree in Computer Science and Mathematics will be particularly valuable in employment situations which require specialist numerical skills and logical and analytical thought. 

The Computer Science component will prepare you for a variety of careers in:

  • Software design;
  • Communications and networking;
  • Computer applications;
  • Web development;
  • IT consultancy and management;
  • Systems analysis and development;
  • Computer sales and marketing. 

The Mathematics component will prepare you to work for organisations such as:

  • The Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office. 

Career paths such as:

  • Accountancy and banking;
  • Risk analysis and actuarial work;
  • Finance management;
  • Investment analysis;
  • Information technology;
  • Research and lecturing are also open to you.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• the facility to deal with abstract concepts
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In this joint honours Computer Science and Mathematics degree course, you will divide your time equally between each subject.

In the first year you will take core modules:

  • Software development;
  • Programming;
  • Communications and telematics; 
  • Mathematical analysis;
  • Algebra and calculus;
  • Optional modules include Geometry and Probability.

In the second year you will explore:

  • Program design;
  • Data structures and algorithms;
  • All students participate in the Software Development Lifecycle module which includes a group project where, taking one of the roles which exist in industry, such as project manager, designer, or quality assurance manager, you will produce a working software product, following best current industrial practice at every stage. 
  • You will also study linear algebra and choose optional modules from a wide range that includes abstract algebra, complex analysis and hydrodynamics.

In the third year, you will have very few core modules, but can choose from a wide range of options in both departments. You will undertake computer science projects in which you will develop and implement a piece of software, and investigate a problem of an experimental, theoretical, data analysis, instrumentation or computer modelling nature under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a complementary set of teaching and learning methods and approaches, ranging from formal lectures, seminars and tutorials to workshops, practicals and individual and group-based project work.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practicals, presentations and examinations.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with A/B in A level Mathematics

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points with 4-5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
70% overall with 75% in Mathematics

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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