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If exploring the treasures of the language and literature of Wales and analysing shapes and patterns, data collection and accounting appeals to you, you will love the BA Welsh / Mathematics course at Aberystwyth University. Studying Welsh and Mathematics alongside each other is sure to inspire you to see each discipline through the lens of the other. There is no better place to do this than in the University by the sea, where you can see poetry, rhythms and shapes of all kinds in the beautiful scenery around you.

Course Overview

By choosing to study Welsh and Mathematics you will become part of two well established departments with more than a hundred years of experience in researching and teaching. Alongside this tradition, the teaching in both departments is dynamic and thought-provoking.

Aberystwyth was the first University in Wales to teach Mathematics and ever since then it has been providing education of the highest quality in a friendly and supportive environment, with the aim of turning Mathematics and Statistics into practical applications. The Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University is the oldest of its kind in the world. It has been teaching and inspiring generations of students since the very beginning. The Department leads the sector in the areas of creative writing, Welsh in the professional workplace and translation studies.

On the Welsh modules of this degree, you will be introduced to interesting and attractive subjects that are relevant to the way in which we see Wales and the world through the medium of Welsh, and this degree scheme includes Welsh Second Language and First Language paths.

The Mathematics modules on this degree will reveal a discipline that is both interesting and challenging that focuses on the ways in which mathematics is essential to modern society and how it contributes to several areas of life, including science, engineering, technology and finance. You will be introduced to the core disciplines of the subject, supplemented by a fantastic collection of optional modules.

Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies are research active scholars and experts in their chosen fields of study, including the study of languages and literatures as well as creative writing.

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 September start - 2024

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.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Algebra * MA10510 10
Calculus * MP10610 10
Further Algebra and Calculus * MP11010 10
Mathematical Analysis * MA11110 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Coordinate and Vector Geometry * MA10110 10
Differential Equations * MA11210 10
Probability * MA10310 10
Statistics * MA11310 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Complex Analysis MA21510 10
Linear Algebra * MA21410 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Dynamics MA25710 10
Applied Statistics MA26620 20
Distributions and Estimation MA26010 10
Hydrodynamics 1 MA25610 10
Introduction to Abstract Algebra MA20310 10
Introduction to Numerical Analysis and its applications * MA25220 20
Real Analysis MA20110 10


Module Name Module Code Credit Value

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


What can I do with a degree in Welsh / Mathematics?

Graduates of the Welsh Department enter into excellent jobs. Many go into education, while the Welsh media attracts many into performance, administration and production. Some of the department's graduates go into some aspect of social work or law. As a result of Welsh Language Legislation and the establishment of the National Assembly, there has been an increase in demand for civil servants who have Welsh language skills, and for translators and administrators across several areas.

Studying Mathematics prepares you for a wide range of jobs where analysis and computing skills in particular are welcomed. Our graduates are now working in areas such as accounting and banking, insurance and in actuary companies, education, medical and statistical government departments, aerospace manufacturing, and many other fields.

You will become part of a pool of graduates for whom there is a high demand across many industries for their problem-solving skills, their clear analysing thought processes, and their ability to prepare a logical debate.

During the course, you will develop a host of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. Here are some examples:

  • expressing ideas and communicating information clearly and coherently, orally and in writing
  • thinking creatively and effective problem solving
  • exploring and analysing data
  • advanced mathematical and computing skills
  • a firm grounding in information technology skills
  • working independently
  • self-motivation and self-reliance
  • team work - the ability to discuss concepts in groups, discussing various ideas and reaching an agreement
  • organising and managing time, including the ability to meet tight deadlines.

The skills of researching and analysing that you will develop during your degree course will also provide a solid foundation for studying at postgraduate level and for a career in academia.

What opportunities for work experience will be available during my studies?

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Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

In your first year, you will learn how to critically look at poets and writers from 1900 until today; learn about the main tendencies of the Welsh literary tradition and critically appreciate a selection of individual texts; explore figures from Welsh literature in poetry and prose; get introduced to transferable skills while studying language and literature that will be helpful to you for preparing written assignments and develop more general skills; study the registers of the language along with the features of standard Welsh; discuss the contemporary world in Welsh in order to strengthen your oral skills; and develop written skills and your understanding of Welsh grammar.

In mathematics, you will study the algebra that is essential to the study of Mathematics along with the basic concepts of calculus. By building on that, you will go on to study situations in which functions of several variables arise naturally in Mathematics. You will also tackle some of the issues that are glossed over in the development of calculus.

In your second year you will nurture your ability to write proficiently and correctly in Welsh and to speak it eloquently, and you will continue with the first year module that looks at the registers of the language along with the characteristics of standard Welsh, including spelling conventions, literary forms, the mutations and idioms. In addition, you will have an opportunity to develop linguistic and practical skills that will be advantageous to you in the bilingual professional workplace in Wales.

In Mathematics, you will study the role of complex variables in applied mathematics that are seen in pure mathematics and in several branches of mathematics and engineering. You will also learn about linear algebra where you will be introduced to the concept of vector space that builds on what you learned in the first year. You will also be able to choose from a collection of other modules to suit your own interests.

In your last year you will continue to work on developing your skills in writing Welsh in a standard and correct way and being able to speak eloquently. Apart from that, you will be free to choose from a wide range of other modules in both subjects. See the Modules tab for further information.

How will I be taught and assessed?

In the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies you will be taught through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and other innovative teaching methods. In the seminars, the groups are smaller and the atmosphere more informal, to foster open discussion. Your work will be assessed through examinations, continuous assessment, and essays and exercises. In the Department of Mathematics, you will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical classes. You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, presentations, exams and reports. You will become part of a supportive learning environment with a good staff/student ratio in both departments.

Personal Tutor

A personal tutor will be allocated to you for the duration of your degree course. The tutor will be able to help you with any problems or queries that you may have, whether academic or personal. You are welcome to contact your personal tutor at any time if you need assistance.


Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 112

A Levels BBB-BBC to include B in Mathematics and B in Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B Mathematics and B in Welsh 1st or 2nd Language

International Baccalaureate:
30-26 with 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Mathematics

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes undergraduate applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma or T-level qualifications, provided that relevant subject content and learning outcomes are met. We are not able to accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas or T-levels as a general qualification for every undergraduate degree course.
Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits and offers can vary. If you would like to check the eligibility of your qualifications before submitting an application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice and guidance.

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