BSc Applied Mathematics G120

Course Overview

Mathematics lecture

The BSc Applied Mathematics degree course at Swansea University will give students the opportunity to focus on Applied Mathematics in addition to the general range of mathematical material that you will cover.
The Applied Mathematics course will give you the chance to explore and understand the number theory that Pythagoras studied, the Financial Mathematics that the highest flyers on Wall Street rely on, and a wealth of other topics reflecting the teaching team’s research expertise in probability, analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations, noncommutative geometry and algebraic topology.

Accreditation

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

Key Features

With the new £31m Computational Foundry for mathematical and computer sciences, there are many good reasons to study a Mathematics degree at Swansea University. The new Foundry will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities featuring world-leading experimental set-ups, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation and ensure students will be ready for exciting and successful careers. (From September 2018). 

We are proud to have consistently high student satisfaction scores (91% in the National Student Survey 2017) and are 6th in the UK for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2018). The Mathematics Department has also been rated as one of the top 25 mathematics departments in the UK and within the top third in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015).

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Methods of Algebra and Calculus
MA-131Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Geometry: Mathematics, Logic and Communication
MA-142Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Classical Mechanics (of Particles)
Optional Modules
optional 

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MA-162Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Computational Methods (with Matlab)
MA-192Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Applied Statistics
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-314Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Differential Equations
Optional Modules
AND
Applied 

Choose Minimum Of 15 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must take at least 15 credits from the following applied mathematics modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MA-336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Quantum Mechanics
MA-357Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Mathematics
MA-375Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Dynamical Systems
AND
Core pathway 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MA-300Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Project
MA-301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Complex Variables
MA-312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Higher Algebra
OR
Welsh core pathway 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MA-312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Higher Algebra
MAW300Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Prosiect
MAW301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Newidynnau Cymhlyg

Description

  • Provides the student with a sound grounding in the basic concepts of mathematics with a special emphasis on applications arising in mechanics, stochastic process and related areas.
  • Develops the student's ability to use and evaluate logical reasoning and construct rigorous arguments.
  • Develops the student's oral and written communication skills as well as their ability to use modern communication tools, especially those most appropriate to mathematics.
  • Provides the academic qualifications necessary for careers requiring strong mathematical knowledge and experience, and an appreciation of physical applied mathematics and probabilistic reasoning.
  • Provides a sound training for mathematicians wishing to embark on careers in engineering commercial and physical science based industries.
  • Develops the student's abilities to apply mathematics to model the physical world (in terms of classical mechanics, classical field theories or probability).

Entry Requirements

A levels: grades AAB-BBB to include Mathematics.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

BTEC: DDD plus grade B in A Level Mathematics.

Scottish Highers: ABBBC plus grade B in Mathematics.

Access to HE (Science): Pass with Distinction (to include 24 Dist, 15 Merits and 6 Passes) including 18 in Maths.

International Baccalaureate: 34-32 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.

General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.

How To Apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through UCAS. Further information is available on the UCAS website.

For UK applicants, please apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk

For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,100

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutor-led tutorials and regular (non-assessed) coursework. The final year modules are more student-centred, to reflect a progression in teaching methods appropriate to the subjects taught. Throughout, the learner is encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught/learnt and to broaden knowledge and understanding of the subject.

You will be assessed through a combination of unseen written examinations, set assignments, presentations and a dissertation.

Find out more about our teaching.

Student profiles

"Studying at Swansea University has been a pleasure. The past two years have been a wonderful adventure, from discovering some of the Welsh culture, to learning from some of the best lecturers I have ever met.

The thing that really stands out about Swansea is the huge support you get as a student - from absolutely everyone! Whenever I have had problems - whether personal, academic or financial - I have had someone to advise me, to listen to me and to help me."

Alissa Kamilova, BSc Mathematics

Read our student profiles

Facilities

The Aubrey Truman Reading Room, located in the centre of the Department of Mathematics, houses the departmental library and computers for student use. It is a popular venue for students to work independently on the regular example sheets set by their lecturers, and to discuss Mathematics together. 

Our main university library, Information Services and Systems (ISS), contains a notably extensive collection of Mathematics books.

 

Careers

The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. Mathematics graduates earn on average 50% more than most other graduates. The most popular areas are the actuarial profession, the financial sector, IT, computer programming and systems administration, and opportunities within business and industry where employers need mathematicians for research and development, statistically analysis, marketing and sales. 

Some of our students have been employed by AXA, BA, Deutsche Bank, Shell Research, Health Authorities and Local Government. Teaching is another area where maths graduates will find plenty of career opportunities. There is also the option to study further for a higher degree.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Academic Staff
  • Research Engineer Data Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Client Relationship Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Actuary Trainee
  • Auditor
  • Data Analyst
  • Research Officer
  • Graduate Administrator
  • Junior Pricing Analyst
  • Associate
  • Financial Advisor

Find out more about employability

 

Research

All academic staff in Mathematics are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture. Find out more.

Studying Mathematics at Swansea University

Welsh-medium provision for students

A variety of modules can be studied with a Welsh medium component taking the form of weekly small-group tutorials. There are also extensive teaching resources available for calculus and geometry and final year students can have their project supervision through the medium of Welsh. Welsh medium UCAS interviews are available for applicants - please request this when booking a Visit Day with us. For more information, please contact Kristian Evans.