Eight great reasons to study Mathematics at USW


…to study Mathematics at USW

“Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes — I mean the universe — but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols, in which it is written. This book is written in the mathematical language” (Galileo Galilei, Il Saggiatore, 1623).

Mathematics gives you the tools to understand and find ways to change the world for the better. The teaching team at the University of South Wales is dedicated to helping and supporting you as you learn to apply these tools.

1. Our 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 education at the University, and means that all maths graduates are eligible for graduate membership of the IMA.

2. Top in Wales - the University of South Wales has been rated as having the top Mathematics course in Wales and joint top in the UK, according to the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2017.

3. Student satisfaction – Based on the results of the National Student Survey 2017, 100% of our BSc (Hons) Mathematics students were satisfied with their course.

5. Modules based on ‘real-world’ problems and solutions – You’ll apply your mathematics to problems including modelling the spread of infectious diseases, predicting the weather, understanding financial portfolios and keeping data secure.

6. A personal experience – Our small class sizes ensure that students get all the support they need. The maths staff at USW are all friendly and approachable people, with an open door policy and student common rooms next to their offices. They are available from both an academic and pastoral standpoint, and care about the entire student experience. They are happy to spend additional time outside of scheduled lectures and tutorials helping students improve their understanding.

7. Research-active staff – The majority of our mathematics staff are engaged in research, and modules in the third and fourth years particularly reflect this expertise. When studying these high-level areas of mathematics you can be assured you’re not only being taught by experts in that field, but mathematicians who are passionate about their areas of study.

8. Pursue your interests – The third-year project offers students a chance to pursue an area of choice. This could be something that stems from your studies over the first two years, or something completely different and unique to you. If you have a project of your own in mind, you can discuss it with a tutor who’ll help you put together a formal proposal. Over the past few years, student-proposed projects have covered everything from patterns in natural disasters to stock market behavior.