Why choose Mathematics at Swansea?

  • High employability - we are 4th in the UK for graduate prospects [Complete University Guide 2019] and 5th in the UK for career prospects [Guardian University Guide 2019]
  • 18th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2018]
  • Consistently high student satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey [91% in 2017]
  • 16th in the UK for value-added – shows how effective students are taught [Guardian University Guide 2019]
  • £32.5m Computational Foundry for mathematical computer and sciences will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities

Course Overview


The MMath Mathematics course at Swansea University is a 4 year advanced initial degree which covers a range of mathematical material, including Pure and Applied Mathematics and Mathematics for Finance.

The mathematics course gives you the chance to explore and understand the number theory that Pythagoras studied, the Financial Mathematics that the stock market relies on, and a wealth of other topics including probability analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations, noncommutative geometry and algebraic topology. These are all research specialisms of Swansea Mathematics lecturers.

After following our mathematics programme, your transferable skills will allow you to progress into many careers, including IT, finance, manufacturing and analysis.


The MMath programme is accredited to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Key Features

With the new £32.5m 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. 

We are proud to have consistently high student satisfaction scores (91% in the National Student Survey 2017) and are 4th in the UK for graduate prospects (Guardian University Guide 2019). The Mathematics Department has also been rated as one of the top mathematics departments in the UK, 18th overall (Guardian University Guide 2018) and within the top third in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015).


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MMath 4 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / 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
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-241Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
MA-252Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Probability
Optional Modules

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students who have not previously taken MA-162 must take MA-262 to ensure they have some familiarity with numerical methods and Matlab.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MA-231Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Advanced Geometry
MA-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Classical Mechanics (of Rigid Bodies)
MA-262Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Numerical Methods (with Matlab)
MA-282Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Game Theory and Optimization
MA-292Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Further Statistical Analysis

Year 3 (Level 6)

Year 4 (Level 7)


  • Provides the student with a sound grounding in the basic concepts of mathematics with special emphasis on strength across a range of disciplines.
  • Provides the background required for a research based programme of further study in mathematics.
  • Develops the student's oral and written communication skills as well as their ability to use communication tools pertinent to research mathematicians.
  • Provides the academic qualifications necessary for careers requiring very strong mathematical knowledge and ability, particularly those in the commercial and industrial sectors requiring research capability.
  • Provides the academic qualifications necessary for careers requiring strong mathematical knowledge and experience, particularly research oriented ones.

Entry Requirements

A levels:  grades AAA 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 A in  A Level  Mathematics.

Scottish Highers: AABBB to include A in Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate: 36 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 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MMath (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,700

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


The Department of Mathematics is situated within the new £32.5 million Computational Foundry on the Bay Campus.

Dynamic learning and collaborative spaces are an important part of the specification and include a light-filled Atrium in the Mathematics section of the building, ‘touchdown’ breakout and inspiration spaces in the bridge that connects the two wings of the building, and the Crucible, which will be the centre-piece of the Computational Foundry.


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



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.