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Pure Mathematics with a Year Abroad

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

A levels: ABB-BBB to include Maths. Those studying Further Maths will automatically receive the lower offer of BBB. 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.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:15

Access to Science (Maths): 24 Distinctions and 15 Merits with Distinctions in all Maths modules.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

International Baccalaureate: 32 overall with 5 in Higher Level Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

BTEC: DDM any subject plus Grade B in A Level Mathematics.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,C

Scottish Highers: ABBBC plus Grade B in Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

120-135

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Pure mathematics

Mathematics can be seen as the most international of subjects – a global ‘language’ with ancient origins and which is now vitally important in our data-driven world.

**Why Swansea?**
- Top 15 in the UK for Teaching (NSS 2021)

- 300-400 in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021, the QS World University Rankings 2022 and Shanghai Rankings 2021

- World-class facilities for mathematical and computational sciences

As a student on our BSc Pure Mathematics, you will have the opportunity to focus on Pure Mathematics in addition to the general range of mathematical material that you will cover.

You will be taught in our new £32.5m Computational Foundry, a world class centre with state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research, as well as networking and meeting spaces, to help prepare you for a successful and rewarding career.

Employers place great value on the ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately, and Mathematics graduates earn on average 50% more than most other graduates. The most popular careers 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, statistical analysis, marketing and sales.

Student satisfaction is at the forefront of our teaching goals, and we are very pleased to have recorded an overall satisfaction score of 91% in the 2018 National Student Survey. We are also proud that the Mathematics Department consistently appears in the QS World University Rankings.

On the BSc Pure Mathematics course you will cover the general range of mathematical material over your three years including elements of different aspects of the subject such as Applied Mathematics and Mathematics for Finance, but with a particular focus on Pure Mathematics.

You will have the chance to explore 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 our lecturers’ research expertise in probability, analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations, non-commutative geometry and algebraic topology.

The degree will give you a sound grounding in the basic concepts of Mathematics, allowing you to specialise in your chosen areas. It will also develop your ability to use and evaluate logical reasoning and construct rigorous arguments; and develop your oral and written communication skills as well as your ability to use modern communication tools, especially those most appropriate to mathematics.

"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

**We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.**

Modules

The programme consists of an overview of pure mathematics with a mix of compulsory and optional modules. The compulsory modules cover the central topics of real and complex analysis, linear and abstract algebra, geometry, differential equations, and essential skills such as communication and use of mathematical software. Optional modules are available in a range of additional topic areas. The areas covered are those of current relevance in pure mathematics and are reflective of the research interests and specialisms of the academic staff of the department. Optional modules selected in one year may impose constraints on the options available in subsequent years, but the programme is structured so that at each level all students will have a fair selection of options to choose, no matter what they have taken in previous years.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are employed in this programme with a balance of exams and coursework. Coursework elements include regular problem sheets spread through the academic year, alongside practical PC-lab work where appropriate. Alongside this assessed work students also have regular small un-assessed tasks and assignments to complete to develop their mathematical understanding through a hands on approach. In their final year all students also complete a dissertation on a topic of their choice. These assessments reflect a variety of styles and are designed to enhance employability skills.

Extra funding

The Mathematics Department will offer prizes/scholarships worth up to a total of £3000 for students starting their university studies in September 2021. The prizes will be awarded on the basis of a competitive two and a half hour examination which will be taken during the Spring. Usually, applicants take the exam in their school or college, but this year arrangements will be made to enable applicants to sit the exam remotely. If you would like to take the exam, you will need to make Mathematics at Swansea one of your UCAS selections.

These scholarships can be used in conjunction with our Excellence and Merit scholarships.

If you are interested in taking the scholarship exam, then you should complete and return a Mathematics Scholarship Application us via email.

Note: The University will also award Excellence Bursaries worth £3,000 to students who achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent) and £2000 to students who achieve AAB at A-level (or equivalent). For further details please see: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/scholarships/excellence-bursaries/

The Uni


Course location:

Bay Campus

Department:

Mathematics

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Pure mathematics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
66%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
66%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Mathematical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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