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In choosing to study a degree in Mathematics at Aberystwyth University you will uncover a fascinating and challenging discipline that combines the analysis of patterns with the understanding of complex data sets.
The degree in Mathematics with a foundation year is aimed at those who lack adequate entry qualifications in mathematics. The foundation year covers the essential mathematics to allow students to continue on to one of our three-year degree schemes.
Mathematics is a subject that has fascinated humanity for thousands of years, from the ancient world to the present day. The language of Mathematics underpins much of the modern world – from science, technology and engineering, to finance and commerce – opening up a wide range of career opportunities for you.
Why study Mathematics with a foundation year at Aberystwyth?
The foundation year provides an entry into degree-level mathematics for those without the usual qualifications in mathematics. Examples include mature students who did not study mathematics at A-level, and those wishing to change their career paths.
Mathematics has been taught at Aberystwyth since the foundation of the University in 1872, making it the oldest mathematics department in Wales. Building on our heritage we have continued to innovate, aiming to ensure that the degree schemes we offer will provide you with the best mathematics degree you can possibly obtain. In the 2014 National Student Survey, 94% of final year mathematics students expressed overall satisfaction with their teaching.
Cutting-edge research inspires our mathematics teaching: the Department of Mathematics entered almost 90% of its staff in the latest UK-wide periodic assessment of university research (the 2014 Research Excellence Framework). The results showed that one in eight of our research papers 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 an international standard. You are therefore guaranteed to be taught by staff who are at the forefront of the subject.
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).
The Department offers several modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details are available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/maths/welshmedium/.
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 (90 Credits) Students must take the following modules
Mathematics Tutorial MA01000
Foundations Of Mathematics 1 MA02610
Introduction To Mathematical Methods For Physicists 1 PH06020
Introduction To Statistics MA00910
Mathematics Tutorial MA01020
Foundations Of Mathematics 2 MA03610
Introduction To Mathematical Methods For Physicists 2 PH06520
Year 1 Electives 30 credits of electives from the following lists
Information Technology For University Students CS01010
Information Technology For University Students CS01120
Introduction To Physical Forces PH01010
Introduction To The Physics Of Matter PH03010
Year 2 Core (100 Credits) The following modules are core. You may substitute a Welsh medium alternative module (MT or FG) in place of an English one (MA or MP) if you wish (see below)
Coordinate And Vector Geometry MA10110
Classical Dynamics MP14010
Further Algebra And Calculus MA11010
Mathematical Analysis MA11110
Differential Equations MA11210
Career Planning And Skills Development MP12910
Year 2 Options Welsh medium alternatives
Geometreg Gyfesurynnol A Fectoraidd MT10110
Dynameg Glasurol MT14010
Year 2 Electives ANY 20 CREDITS SUBJECT TO TIMETABLE AND APPROVAL BY SCHEME CO-ORDINATOR
Year 3 Core (80 Credits) The following modules are core. You may choose a Welsh medium (MT or FG) alternative module (see below) instead of an English (MA or MP) module:
Introduction To Numerical Analysis And Its Applications MA25200
Applied Statistics MA26600
Mathematical Physics MP26020
Linear Algebra MA21410
Complex Analysis MA21510
Introduction To Numerical Analysis And Its Applications MA25220
Applied Statistics MA26620
Year 3 Options You must also choose another 40 credits out of 50 credits from the following list subject to the agreement of the degree scheme coordinator
Real Analysis MA20110
Introduction To Abstract Algebra MA20310
Distributions And Estimation MA26010
Final Year Options At least 90 credits from MA Level 3 Modules
Final Year Options Welsh Medium alternative modules
Normau A Hafaliadau Differol MT30210
Hafaliadau Differol Rhannol MT34110
Cyflwyniad I Addysgu Mathemateg Mewn Ysgol Uwchradd MT39020
Graffiau A Rhwydweithiau MT32410
Final Year Electives Up to 30 credits subject to Timetable and approval by Degree Scheme Co-ordinator. These may include further Mathematics Modules
A degree in Mathematics will prepare you for such career options where specialist numerical skills and logical and analytical thought are in high demand. These include working for organisations such as the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office, but 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 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
• 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 organisation 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.
What will I learn?
In the first year you will be taught topics in mathematics and statistics, broadly equivalent to A-level Mathematics, along with a number of elective modules from within the Institute. The contact time with academic staff will be high, in order to provide timely assistance as you grasp new concepts and methods. In the second year you will follow a clearly defined pathway through the study of core disciplines, including Algebra and Calculus, Coordinate and Vector Geometry, Probability, Mathematical Analysis, Differential Equations, and Statistics.
In the third and fourth years you will study Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, Distributions and Estimation, Statistical Methods and Mathematical Physics. Optional modules include Complex Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Advanced Dynamics, Hydrodynamics, Sampling, and Regression and Anova. You will be able to specialise further in your final year by choosing from a wide range of modules to suit your own interests.
You will also undertake a career planning module as part of your course, which will enhance your employability prospects and enable you to develop valuable transferable skills.
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 practicals and individual and group-based project work. Your progress will be assessed through a combination of coursework, presentations, reports and examinations.
Your personal tutor will help you with any problems or queries throughout your degree course, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
We also offer the opportunity for you 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 will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
There is never a boring topic and the course goes much deeper into mathematics than I was expecting. There are so many different modules to choose from that you will always find something to interest you. The lecturers are always willing to help. Elin Wyn Hughes
Maths is a great course with really friendly and approachable lecturers. The content is always really interesting but challenging to the right extent. The whole department works effectively to offer all the facilities needed to gain a good degree. Jennifer O'Neil
UCAS Code: G10F
Entry Requirements: Available to candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.
Course Length: 4 Years