BSc Mathematics and Sport and Exercise Science GC16

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Course Overview

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The BSc Mathematics and Sport and Exercise Science degree at Swansea University covers a range of mathematical material including elements of different aspects of the subject such as Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematics for Finance.
The course gives 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.

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
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Introductory Calculus
MA-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Introductory Analysis
MA-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Foundations of Algebra
MA-112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Introductory Linear Algebra
SR-141Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Human Anatomy
SR-145Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Human Physiology
SR-146Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Biomechanics & Technology B
SR-148Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Psychological Dimensions of Sport 1:Understanding Children's Participation

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Real Analysis and Metric Spaces
MA-202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Vector Calculus and Measure Theory
MA-211Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Vector Spaces
MA-212Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Groups and Rings
SR-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Exercise Physiology
SR-254Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Biomechanics & Technology C
SR-259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Human Nutrition
SR-260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Psychological Dimensions of Sport 2: Excellence in Adolescent athletes

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Complex Variables
MA-312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Higher Algebra
MA-325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Applied Algebra: Coding Theory
MA-381Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Functional Analysis
SR-305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sports Biomechanics
SR-326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sports Psychology 3
SR-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sport, Diet and Disease

Description

  • Develop the student's ability to use and evaluate logical reasoning and construct rigorous arguments.
  • Develop, among others, the student's oral and written communication skills as well as their ability to use high-tech communication tools, especially in mathematics.
  • Provide the academic qualifications necessary for careers requiring strong mathematical knowledge and experience, and an appreciation of mathematics to sports science.
  • Develop an understanding of the design and evaluation of training schemes.
  • Produce graduates who can work in the sports industry.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the field of sports science and, in particular, the factors which influence participation and personal performance in sports and the methods by which these factors may be investigated
  • Knowledge and understanding of scientific methods of enquiry and their applications in sports science
  • Competence in the application and execution of laboratory and field methods and techniques for monitoring and evaluating the effects of physical activity on different populations.

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 £16,100

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.