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This joint honours in Computer Science and Mathematics will expose you to the world of advanced mathematics and the fundamentals of computer science, balancing theoretical study and practical computing.
Why study Computer Science and Mathematics at Aberystwyth?
Our computer science courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which means that they meet industry standards and requirements, giving you a head start when you enter the competitive jobs market.
The Department of Computer Science is also designated a Centre of Excellence by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department of Enterprise, Innovation and Networks and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework comparison (REF2014) the Department produced more world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) research than any other university in Wales. REF 2014 also assessed the impact of research on society, industry and government policy and the Department delivered 100% of its research impact at the top 3* and 4* level, demonstrating that our research makes a real difference in the world outside academia.
The Department of Mathematics maintained its position as one of the best departments in Wales in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). The department returned almost 90% of our staff, the highest proportion of any Welsh mathematics department. Results show that 1 in 8 of our research outputs are world leading, and more than 60% are either world leading or internationally excellent. All of our research and the impact it has outside universities, was judged to be of international standard.
Many of our Computer Science staff are working at the frontiers of their disciplines and have significant experience in industry, often working in co-operation with major international companies, so you can confident that you will be learning the very latest concepts and working with cutting-edge technologies.
95% of our 2014 Computer Science graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, a 7 percentage point increase on the previous year. 92% were in professional work or graduate level education, compared with a UK average of 70% (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.
The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show overall satisfaction rates, at 86% with the quality of the teaching they received and their access to IT resources, four percentage points higher than the UK average for the subject.
As you would expect from a major research department, the facilities available to you are excellent. As well as teaching laboratories equipped with high-performance multimedia workstations supported by powerful central servers and a Digital Systems laboratory, the Department of Computer Science has an extensive range of equipment used primarily for research, which is available to final year students who choose to undertake projects in these research areas. These include industrial robots, experimental mobile robots, a number of vision and motion tracking systems and many pieces of specialist software such as virtual reality environments.
Our Mathematics courses are accredited by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the UK’s learned and professional society for mathematics. The IMA exists to support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications, and to promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public good.
Mathematics has been taught at Aberystwyth since the foundation of the university in 1872, making it the oldest Mathematics department in Wales. Despite our heritage we have continued to innovate ensuring that the degree schemes we offer will provide you with the best Mathematics degree you can possibly obtain.
100% of our 2014 Maths graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating. 71% were in professional work or graduate level education, above the UK average for the subject (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.
The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show high levels of satisfaction amongst Mathematics and Statistics students, with 84% reporting satisfaction with the quality of the teaching they received, and 92% satisfaction with learning resources (5 points above the UK average for the subject).
Both Departments offer a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Departments.
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.
Most lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Many have a postgraduate teaching qualification.
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.
Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Mathematics Joint Honours: Students must take a total of 60 credits of core and optional MA modules in year 1. The following modules are core:
Year 1 Core (60 Credits) Computer Science Joint Honours. Students must take 60 credits of core and optional computer science modules in Part 1. The following modules are core
Programming Using An Object-oriented Language CS12320
Year 1 Options Mathematics Joint Honours: Students must take 20 credits of optional MA modules EITHER MA10110 and MA11210 OR MA10310 and MA11310.
Year 2 Core (20 Credits) Mathematics Joint Honours. The following modules are core in year 2.
Year 2 Core (40 Credits) Computer Science Joint Honours: The following modules are core in year 2.
Scientific Python CS24400
Year 2 Options Computer Science Joint Honours: You MUST choose 20 credits from the following (or as approved by the advisor)
Year 2 Options Mathematics Joint Honours. Students must take 40 credits of optional MA modules EITHER from Block A OR B
Year 2 Options BLOCK A: Students must take 40 credits from the following.
Real Analysis MA20110
Introduction To Abstract Algebra MA20310
Distributions And Estimation MA26010
Applied Statistics MA26600
Applied Statistics MA26620
Year 2 Options BLOCK B: Students must take 40 credits from the following.
Real Analysis MA20110
Introduction To Abstract Algebra MA20310
Introduction To Numerical Analysis And Its Applications MA25200
Final Year Core (30 Credits) Computer Science Joint Honours: The following modules are core in the final year. CS39620 must be passed.
Agile Methodologies CS31310
Minor Project CS39620
Final Year Options Mathematics Joint Honours. Students must take 60 credits from Maths level 3 modules.
Final Year Options Computer Science Joint Honours: Students should choose 30 credits from approved CS modules as options.
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.
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
Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organization in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.
What will I learn?
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 in 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.
UCAS Code: GG14
Tariff Required: 320
Entry Requirements: Mathematics at grade B. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh. Grade C in Mathematics.
Course Length: 3 Years