BSc

Mathematics / Accounting and Finance

Key Facts

GN94
  • UCAS Tariff

    104 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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The multi-accredited Mathematics /Accounting & Finance degree, 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. This course is accredited by the world’s leading accountancy bodies that include ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CII, ICSA.

Teaching on this degree is shared between the Department of Mathematics and Aberystwyth Business School 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 the degree, you will also gain a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

2nd in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Mathematics, and 5th in UK for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

97% overall satisfaction for the Department of Mathematics. (NSS 2019)

96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Mathematical Science graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

95% of our Business and Administrative subject students were satisfied that the staff were good at explaining things, 88 for the sector. (NSS 2019)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Business and Administrative Studies graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Mathematics with Accounting & Finance at Aberystwyth?

Mathematics has been taught at Aberystwyth since 1872, so that the department builds on over 140 years of teaching excellence.

• Accounting and Finance is a vibrant and dynamic subject choice, in which to maximise your professional development we combine your studies with work experience and additional extra-curricular opportunities.   

• Both departments are active research centres with committed teachers who directly use the results of this world class knowledge to provide you with cutting edge knowledge of their subjects.

• Our graduates are in high demand in industry with very positive graduate salary outcomes.

• Benefit from the programme of guest speakers who bring their professional experience to our classrooms. This is delivered by the Aberystwyth Business School to enhance your outlook and inspire you during your degree.

Aberystwyth Business School has arrangements with 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.

• Several modules are available through the medium of Welsh; for visit the module tab further down on this page for more details. 

Our Staff

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.

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School 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.

Modules

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
Accounting And Finance For Specialists AB11220 20
Algebra * MA10510 10
Calculus * MP10610 10
Fundamentals Of Accounting And Finance AB11120 20
Further Algebra And Calculus * MP11010 10
Mathematical Analysis * MA11110 10
Probability * MA10310 10
Statistics * MA11310 10

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Fundamentals Of Management And Business * AB15120 20
Understanding The Economy AB13120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Complex Analysis * MA21510 10
Corporate Finance And Financial Markets AB21420 20
Intermediate Financial Accounting AB21120 20
Intermediate Management Accounting AB21220 20
Linear Algebra * MA21410 10

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Distributions And Estimation * MA26010 10
Introduction To Abstract Algebra MA20310 10
Real Analysis * MA20110 10
Applied Statistics MA26620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

  • Choose 60 credits (level 3) as advised by the mathematics department, subject to pre-requisites

Employability

A degree combining Mathematics and Accounting and Finance is valuable in employment where you will be required to use specialist numerical skills and analytical thought. 

These careers include: 

• Accountancy and Banking 

• Risk analysis and actuarial work 

• Financial management 

• Investment analysis 

• Information Technology 

• Research and development.

Transferable skills: 

This degree is designed to cultivate transferable skills ensuring that our graduates are attractive to employers in a wide range of fields, which include: 

 Numeracy 

• Problem-solving 

• Reasoning 

• Analysing data 

• Organisational skills

 • Teamwork and communication skills.

What opportunities are there at Aberystwyth University for me?

Employability is embedded across our teaching and tutoring to ensure that you are aware of, and build skills and competences, throughout your study time with us and can be explored here.
Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.

On completion of this degree you will have gained skills in the following:
• Research and data analysis skills
• Enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• Innovative approaches to solving real-world problems
• Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• The ability to work independently or as part of a team
• Time-management and organisational skills
• The ability to clearly communicate in both written and spoken forms
• Self-motivation and self-reliance.

Learning & Teaching

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, mathematical analysis and probability 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 linear algebra and applied statistics 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.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Mathematics

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with B in A level Mathematics

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level

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

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. 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 are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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