BSc

Mathematics (includes foundation year)

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Key Facts

G10F
  • UCAS Tariff

  • Course Length

    4 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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Designed for students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background, the BSc Mathematics with integrated foundation year course is the perfect option to access this highly sought-after degree scheme. In the foundation year, you will be brought up to speed on the fundamentals of Mathematics, providing a solid base for you to continue onto the full undergraduate degree.

Mathematics has fascinated humanity for thousands of years, from the ancient world to the present day, with numbers, patterns and structures leading to the development of mathematical conjectures, reasonings and mathematical proofs. The BSc Mathematics with integrated foundation year degree at Aberystwyth University provides fascinating and challenging learning that combines the identification and analysis of shapes and patterns with data collation and calculation. 

The course covers the essential core disciplines of algebra, calculus, geometry, differential equations, probability and statistics, supplemented by a wide choice of optional modules, allowing you to specialise in particular areas or pursue a diverse syllabus. You will be taught though lectures and practical classes with good staff/student ratios in a supportive learning environment. 

In studying Mathematics, you will develop clear analytical thought processes, problem-solving abilities and the capacity for logical argument. Such skills are highly transferable and attractive to employers in a range of sectors. Mathematics graduates make significant contributions to vital areas such as science, engineering, technology and finance.

This degree is accredited by the IMA (Institute for Mathematics and its Applications), the UK's learned and professional society for mathematics, directly contributing to your recognition as a Chartered Mathematician.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall satisfaction for the Department of Mathematics (NSS 2020).

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)

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

Overview

Why Study Mathematics at Aberystwyth University?

  • Mathematics has been taught at Aberystwyth since 1872, so that the department builds on over 140 years of teaching excellence, employing lecturers who are committed teachers and internationally-recognised researchers.
  • Uncover a discipline that combines the identification and analysis of shapes and patterns with data collation and calculation.
  • The Department offers several modules taught through the medium of Welsh. For further details, please click here.
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.

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Algebra * MA10510 10
Calculus * MP10610 10
Career Planning and Skills Development MP12910 10
Coordinate and Vector Geometry MA10110 10
Differential Equations MA11210 10
Further Algebra and Calculus * MP11010 10
Mathematical Analysis * MA11110 10
Probability MA10310 10
Statistics MA11310 10
Classical Dynamics * PM14010 10

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Mathematical Physics * PM26020 20
Complex Analysis * MA21510 10
Introduction to Numerical Analysis and its applications MA25220 20
Linear Algebra * MA21410 10
Applied Statistics MA26620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Dynamics MA25710 10
Distributions and Estimation MA26010 10
Hydrodynamics 1 MA25610 10
Introduction to Abstract Algebra MA20310 10
Real Analysis MA20110 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What can I do with a Mathematics degree?

Our graduates have progressed to seek employment in these following sectors:

  • statistical analysis and computational statistics
  • teaching
  • aeronautical engineering
  • accountancy
  • banking
  • risk analysis
  • actuarial work
  • financial management 
  • investment analysis
  • information technology

What opportunities are there at University for me?

Employability is embedded across all of our teaching.

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

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
  • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • a thorough grounding in information technology 
  • 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?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

In your first year you will explore Mathematics and Statistics - broadly equivalent to A-level Mathematics, along with a number of elective modules from within the Institute. On successful completion of your first year, you will progress to discover Mathematics further.

In your second year you may discover:

  • algebra
  • calculus
  • coordinate and vector geometry
  • probability
  • mathematical analysis
  • differential equations
  • statistics

In your third and fourth years you may discover:

  • real analysis
  • abstract and linear algebra
  • distributions and estimations
  • statistical methods
  • mathematical physics
  • numerical analysis
  • dynamics and hydrodynamics
  • sampling
  • regression and anova

How will I be taught?

Our degree is delivered through the medium of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, presentations, reports and examinations.

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.

Further information:

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

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff

A Levels Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

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

BTEC National Diploma:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

International Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

European Baccalaureate:
Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation.

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 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. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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