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In choosing to study this MMath Mathematics Degree at Aberystwyth University you will uncover a fascinating and challenging discipline. Mathematics is fundamentally important to modern society, contributing in numerous facets of life. With the essential core modules and a great choice of elective specialities you will be taught in lectures and problem-solving classes and have regular access to your tutors and work in classes with good staff/student ratios. Studying the MMath option provides considerably more access to specialist areas of Mathematics, and the attainment of a Masters Level Degree. Graduates of the MMath Mathematics Degree are in significant demand across many industries that include science, engineering, technology and finance. Expand the sections below to discover more...
Mathematics is a subject that has fascinated humanity for thousands of years from the ancient world to the present day. It underpins so much of the modern world – from science, technology and engineering, to finance and commerce – opening up a wide range of career opportunities to you.
Why study Mathematics 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.
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 we provide you with the best Mathematics degree you possibly can obtain.
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.
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 a number of modules taught through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.
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 (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 1 Options Welsh medium alternatives
Geometreg Gyfesurynnol A Fectoraidd MT10110
Dynameg Glasurol MT14010
Year 1 Electives ANY 20 CREDITS SUBJECT TO TIMETABLE AND APPROVAL BY SCHEME CO-ORDINATOR
Year 2 Core (100 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:
Real Analysis MA20110
Introduction To Abstract Algebra MA20310
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 2 Options You must also choose another 20 credits out of 30 credits from the following list subject to the agreement of the degree scheme coordinator
Distributions And Estimation MA26010
Year 3 Core (20 Credits) The following modules are core
Year 3 Core ( Credits) PROGRESSION RULE Year 2 to Year 3: Progression from the second year to the third year requires a weighted average of at least 60% on all modules taken in the second year, weighted according to credit rating. (Otherwise transfer to G100))
Year 3 Options Choose 100 more credits of level 3 MA/MT modules
Final Year Core (60 Credits) The following modules are core
Minor Project MAM9720
Major Project MAM9840
Final Year Options Students should take 60 credits of Level M modules in Maths
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.
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 you 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 the second and third years you will study real analysis, abstract and linear algebra, distributions and estimation, statistical methods and mathematical physics. You will be able to specialise in your third year and shape your programme of study by choosing from a wide range of elective modules to suit your own interests.
In the fourth year you will undertake both a minor and a major project. The topics will be chosen in consultation with a supervisor who will support and advise you throughout your research. You will also select a number of optional modules which are of particular interest to you.
How will you 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.
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, presentations, reports and examinations.
You will also undertake a compulsory career planning module as part of your course, which will enhance your employability prospects and enable you to develop valuable transferable 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.
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