MMath Mathematics

Major corporations, government agencies, research establishments and financial companies all recruit well-trained mathematicians. While there can be intense competition for these jobs, the most successful applicants are those who demonstrate a wide and deep knowledge of mathematics, such as that obtained on this enhanced MMath Mathematics degree.

Our MMath Mathematics course combines modules from the BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree with Masters level material and exposes you to a greater volume of mathematics and at a greater depth compared to the three year degree. Studying on the MMath Mathematics course also removes the need to source further funding to study a Masters-level qualification. Our lecturers will provide you with a supportive environment during your studies 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.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
2J4C Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
2J4C Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

The first year 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. 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.

In subsequent years, you can specialise in areas of mathematics that best suit your interests and career aspirations. These include codes, cryptography, nonlinear systems, financial mathematics, statistics, operational research, partial differential equations and financial modelling. In the third year, you are also able to take a teaching-based module that includes a school placement.

In the fourth year of the MMath degree you can study further modules that are closely related to the research interests of staff and are in areas that many of our recent graduates have found employment. You will also undertake a large project under the close guidance of a lecturer, further exposing you to current mathematical techniques and concepts. Results from recent projects have even been published in international mathematical journals. This means you will stand out from the crowd when making job applications.

Year One: MMath Mathematics degree

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Algorithms and Software Tools
  • Mathematical Modelling and Mechanics
  • Mathematical Proof and Analysis

Year Two: MMath Mathematics degree

  • Abstract and Linear Algebra
  • Further Calculus
  • Management Science
  • Further Statistics
  • Combinatorics and Networks
  • Financial Modelling
  • Pattern Recognition and Decision Making

Year Three: Maths degree

  • Codes and Information
  • Cryptography and Information Security
  • Operational Research
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Nonlinear Systems and Mathematical Biology
  • Introduction to SAS and Statistical Forecasting
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Extended Tutoring in Schools and Colleges

Year Four: MMath Mathematics degree

  • Knots
  • Numerical Methods for Geophysical Flows
  • Decision Analysis and Optimisation
  • SAS Data Mining and Forecasting
  • Financial Strategies
  • Modelling Human Behaviour
  • MMath Project


Your assessments will involve examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.


You will spend 18 hours each week in a mixture of lectures, tutorials and computer laboratories, as well as approximately another 18 hours each week doing exercises based on lecture content.


USW’s Mathematics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), which is the UK’s leading professional society for mathematics. This recognition underlines the high standard of Maths education at the University. Our MMath degree meets the educational requirement for Chartered status.


As part of this integrated Maths degree you’ll also have the chance to complete a work placement after your second year. This optional year in industry or commerce is a chance to put your skills into practice and understand the workplace, which should help with your grades following your placement. Plus, this experience will look great on your CV and make you more attractive to employers.


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.


You’ll be taught by active researchers and practising mathematicians, ensuring you are exposed to current real-world problems, methodologies, and industry standard techniques and software. 

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.

Typical A-Level Offer

ABB to include Mathematics

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and AB at A Level to include Mathematics

Typical BTEC Offer


Typical IB Offer

30 points to include 17 points at Higher Level to include grade 6 in Mathematics.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Science/Maths Diploma. Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 24 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 3 Passes to include Maths modules

Additional Requirements

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

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

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.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

UK and EU students

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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

This Maths degree is relevant whether you wish to pursue a career in industry, governmental institutions or academia, or become a teacher. Major corporations, government agencies, research establishments and financial companies all recruit well-trained mathematicians. While there can be intense competition for these jobs, the most successful candidates are those who demonstrate a wide and deep knowledge of mathematics.

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.