Mathematics is central to all areas of technology. Whether it’s making a mobile phone secure, predicting the weather, optimising investments in financial markets or helping an endangered species survive, mathematics is key. So, worldwide, the demand for mathematicians continues to grow.
Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the professional society for qualified and practising mathematicians, our Mathematics degree provides a solid grounding in the methods of modern applied mathematics and brings out the intrinsic beauty of mathematical ideas. Our lecturers will provide you with a supportive environment during your Maths degree to allow you to fulfil your potential. You’ll become an expert in logical thinking and develop refined problem-solving skills that are highly valued by employers. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news.
The first year of your Maths degree will provide you with a firm and broad foundation in a range of mathematical areas by extending the material you encountered in core modules at A-level. As well as being introduced to specialist mathematical software, you’ll begin to apply mathematics to determine solutions to a range of real-world problems.
In subsequent years, you can specialise in areas of mathematics that best suit your interests and career aspirations. These include codes, cryptography, nonlinear systems, mathematical biology, financial mathematics, statistics, operational research, partial differential equations and financial modelling. In the third year of the Maths course, you are also able to take a teaching-based module that includes a school placement or you can study a project under the supervision of a lecturer. Recent projects have even been published in international mathematical journals.
On this Maths degree, you will spend 18 hours each week in lectures, tutorials and computer laboratories, as well as approximately another 18 hours each week doing exercises based on the lecture content.
You’ll be taught by active researchers and practising mathematicians, which ensures you are exposed to current real-world problems, methodologies, and industry-standard techniques and software.
Your assessments will involve examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.
USW’s Mathematics degree is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the UK’s learned and professional society for mathematics and its applications.
You won’t be confined to the classroom during your studies at USW. Students
have enjoyed charity field trips to Uganda to teach mathematics and interact with pupils, as well as opportunities to engage with local school pupils who visit the University for events and revision conferences. These are great opportunities if you want to inspire young people in mathematics, or if you’re thinking about a career in teaching.
As part of your Maths degree, you can spend up to a year in the workplace. You can also take part in live projects and taster weeks, or choose a shorter three-month placement. Work experience can help with your final-year studies and will look impressive on your CV – plus you’ll have relevant experiences to talk about at interview.
Practice is so important in gaining understanding of complex mathematical techniques, which is why we have two student workrooms dedicated to our mathematics students. These facilitate a learning environment where you can work individually or in groups and as they are located next to the staff offices you will have no problem finding help if you get stuck.
In industry, computing power is now vital to aid complex Mathematical calculations on a daily basis. Therefore throughout their Mathematics degree, students will be exposed to a variety of key industry computer packages to facilitate their learning. Those available include core mathematical packages such as Maple and MATLAB; invaluable statistical packages: SAS, IBM SPSS Statistics and R; as well as sought-after Operational Research techniques including optimisation through FICO XPRESS IVE, modelling in Stella and Simulation in Simul8. Students will also be taught sought-after programming skills in Python.
Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
An interview is required for this course. Those applying will be provided with further details if successful at the initial selection stage.
This Maths degree is also offered through a combined Bachelors and Masters level study package – MMath. With just one additional year of full-time study, you’ll gain greater breadth and depth of mathematics skills and techniques relevant to practicing mathematicians. You’ll study advanced topics in applicable mathematics, statistics and pure mathematics – giving you the best chance of landing your dream job after graduation.
You can opt to initially enrol on the undergraduate Bachelors Honours degree, and progress to MMath if you achieve satisfactory grades in your assessments during your first two years of study. Alternatively, you can apply for direct entry to the MMath course, which is ideal if you know you want to study at postgraduate level.
BBB to include a B in Mathematics
Grade B and BB at A Level to include a B grade in Mathematics
29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include grade 5 in Mathematics.
Diploma in Maths with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 24 Distinctions (18 from Maths units), 18 Merits and 3 Passes
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Our Mathematics degree focuses on giving you the best chance of securing your dream job. Graduates have an excellent track record of gaining employment – 100% of our BSc (Hons) Mathematics graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation (Graduate Survey 2015).
Mathematicians and statisticians are in high demand. Most areas of modern life rely on mathematics, so the need for mathematicians, statisticians and mathematics teachers continues to grow. Many employers value the skills you’ll gain on a Mathematics degree, such as refined problem solving and logical thinking. Our graduates find employment in many branches of industry, commerce and public sector organisations. They are especially successful in areas that use mathematical modelling, coding and cryptography, software development, statistics, operational research, and teaching. Many also progress to further study or research at postgraduate level.
As a USW Maths student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.