BSc Mathematics with Accounting and Finance

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The Mathematics with Accounting & Finance Degree (G1N4) at Aberystwyth University will develop your appreciation of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques and their application in the key areas of business finance and accountancy. Teaching on the Mathematics with Accounting & Finance Degree is shared between the Department of Mathematics and the School of Management and Business and you will benefit from the expertise of our lecturers in both disciplines. In addition to the mathematical and analytical skills you will acquire through your Mathematics with Accounting & Finance Degree, you will also gain a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Accounting and Finance (NSS 2016)

Department of Mathematics: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

94% of undergraduates from the Department of Mathematics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

School of Management and Business: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the School of Management and Business who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

The Mathematics with Accounting & Finance degree is a major/minor programme, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, and one-third studying Accounting & Finance with the School of Management and Business.

Why study Mathematics with Accounting & Finance at Aberystwyth?

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.

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.

The School of Management and Business has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts. As well as being active researchers, our lecturers have a professional accounting background, so that by applying their real-world knowledge to theoretical concepts, your learning experience is firmly located in the context of proper professional practice.

The School of Management and Business has arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. We currently have partner universities in India, China, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil and our portfolio of countries is rapidly expanding.

Some Mathematics modules are available through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department of Mathematics.

Our Staff

Most lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Many have a postgraduate teaching qualification.

Students at the Aberystwyth University School of Management and Business are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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 (80 Credits) Mathematics (Major): The following modules are core

Semester 1

Coordinate And Vector Geometry MA10110

Probability MA10310

Algebra MA10510

Calculus MA10610

Semester 2

Further Algebra And Calculus MA11010

Mathematical Analysis MA11110

Differential Equations MA11210

Statistics MA11310

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) You must pass 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management Accounting AC10510

Financial Accounting 1 AC11000

Semester 2

Introduction To Financial Management AC10710

Financial Accounting 1 AC11020

Year 1 Options Welsh medium alternative modules

Semester 1

Geometreg Gyfesurynnol A Fectoraidd MT10110

Tebygoleg MT10310

Algebra MT10510

Calcwlws MT10610

Semester 2

Algebra A Chalcwlws Pellach MT11010

Dadansoddi Mathemategol MT11110

Hafaliadau Differol MT11210

Ystadegaeth MT11310

Year 2 Core (30 Credits) Mathematics (Major). The following modules are core.

Semester 1

Real Analysis MA20110

Semester 2

Linear Algebra MA21410

Complex Analysis MA21510

Year 2 Options Mathematics (Major). 50 further credits must be taken from level 2 Mathematics and Mathematical Physics modules.

Year 2 Options Welsh medium alternative modules

Semester 1

Dadansoddiad Real MT20110

Semester 2

Algebra Llinol MT21410

Year 2 Options You MUST take 2 of the following options, the option NOT taken MUST be taken in year 3

Semester 1

Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AC30500

Financial Accounting 2 AC32900

Management Accounting 2 AC33100

Semester 2

Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AC30520

Financial Accounting 2 AC32920

Management Accounting 2 AC33120

Final Year Options Option not taken in Year 2 and one of the following modules:

Semester 1

Management Accounting 3 AC30300

Investments And Financial Instruments AC30400

Financial Accounting 3 AC30900

Semester 2

Management Accounting 3 AC30320

Investments And Financial Instruments AC30420

Financial Accounting 3 AC30920

Final Year Options Mathematics (Major). A minimum of 70 credits must be taken from Level 3 Maths modules and another 10 credits from Maths Level 2/3 modules.

Employability

Career prospects

A degree in Mathematics with Accounting & Finance will prepare you for any career where specialist numerical and financial skills, and a capacity for analytical and logical thought are valued. Employment opportunities will exist with organisations such as the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office, and career paths such as accountancy and banking, risk analysis and actuarial work, finance management, investment analysis, information technology, research and lecturing will also be open to you.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Mathematics with Accounting & Finance 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
• enhanced 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.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

In the first 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 Accounting you will be introduced to the three key areas of financial accounting, management accounting, and financial management.

In the second and third years you will study real analysis, and abstract and linear algebra as core subjects, supplemented by a range of optional modules which will allow you to specialise in particular areas. In Accounting you will further develop your competencies in management accounting and financial accounting, and will additionally focus on investment analysis, portfolio selection, risk management and corporate finance.

How will I be taught?

Core material is delivered through lectures, and reinforced by small-group seminars and tutorials. These will help you to deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop a range of essential, transferable skills. Group-working and delivering presentations will help you to improve your communication and leadership skills. All modules are backed up by electronic resources to help you study beyond the classroom, and a wealth of printed texts is available in the University library, and the National Library of Wales, which is situated next to the main campus.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, reports, projects and presentations. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present data clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation and communication skills.

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.

Student Views

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

The Accounting and Finance degree has given me a broad understanding of business and allowed me to build on my knowledge of industry and the economy as a whole. I love studying accounting because it gives me a totally different perspective on the world of business. Accounting is so much more than most people think it is; it's not just people sitting around doing book-keeping. It has allowed me to break down companies and given me a much better understanding of their intricacies as well as their potential. Emma Louise Taberner

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: G1N4

Please note that the tariff below may not apply during Clearing. Contact us on 0800 121 40 80 or fill in the form above for more information.

Tariff Required: 280 - 320

Entry Requirements: Mathematics grade B (for higher points offer) or grade A (for lower points offer) GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh. Grade C in Mathematics.

Course Length: 3 Years

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