Pure Mathematics with a Year Abroad at Swansea University - UCAS

Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe)

Pure Mathematics with a Year Abroad

Course summary

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. 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. 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
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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 method

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.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

It is a big step to move to another country to study and the staff within the College of Science work closely with staff from other Departments across the University to ensure that you receive the best academic and pastoral support to enable you to truly enjoy your time with us. We have members of staff who will help you with everyday queries and problems and you will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you with academic queries such as choosing the right modules for you, advice and support for assignments and exams and more.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

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For the latest fee information, please check the individual course page on our website. Our full range of programmes are listed here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/ Further information on tuition fees can be found here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/

Sponsorship information

The Mathematics Department will offer prizes/scholarships worth up to a total of £3000 for students starting their university studies in September. 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. https://www.swansea.ac.uk/maths/scholarships/ 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/

Pure Mathematics with a Year Abroad at Swansea University - UCAS