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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14650 per year

All study options

About Pure Mathematics at Swansea University

Course Overview

On the BSc Pure Mathematics course you will have the opportunity to focus on Pure Mathematics in addition to the general range of mathematical material that you will cover. The course gives you the chance to explore and understand 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 the teaching team's research expertise in probability, analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations, noncommutative geometry and algebraic topology.

Key features

  • 100% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2014/15]
  • 18th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2018]
  • 91% for overall satisfaction [National Student Survey 2017]
  • High employability - we are 6th in the UK for graduate prospects [Complete University Guide 2018] 
  • We are rated as one of the TOP 25 Mathematics departments in the UK, and are within the top third in the world [QS World University Rankings 2015] 
  • Year in Industry programmes available 
  • Teaching and research centres on modern applicable mathematics
  • Extensive selection of final year projects designed to develop excellent transferable skills
  • £31m Computational Foundry for computer and mathematical sciences will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities featuring world-leading experimental set-ups, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation and ensure students will be ready for exciting and successful careers.  (From September 2018)
  • Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]

Course description

  • Provides the student with a sound grounding in the basic concepts of mathematics with a special emphasis on the building blocks of mathematics.
  • Develops the student's ability to use and evaluate logical reasoning and construct rigorous arguments.
  • Develops the ability to abstract the essentials of problems and formulate mathematical responses.
  • Develops the student's oral and written skills as well as the ability to use electronic sources and tools, especially in mathematics.
  • Equips the students in problem-solving, starting from a analytical assessment and interpretation of the problem to a logical development of the solution.
  • Provides the academic qualifications for careers requiring deep mathematical knowledge and experience, and an appreciation of the applications.
  • Prepares students for a job requiring an analytical mind and the ability to apply logic in any situation.

Career prospects

The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. Mathematics graduates earn on average 50% more than most other graduates. The most popular areas 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, statistically analysis, marketing and sales. 

Some of our students have been employed by AXA, BA, Deutsche Bank, Shell Research, Health Authorities and Local Government. Teaching is another area where maths graduates will find plenty of career opportunities. There is also the option to study further for a higher degree.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Academic Staff
  • Research Engineer Data Scientist
  • Research Analyst
  • Client Relationship Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Actuary Trainee
  • Auditor
  • Data Analyst
  • Research Officer
  • Graduate Administrator
  • Junior Pricing Analyst
  • Associate
  • Financial Advisor

Find out more about employability

 

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

A levels: grades AAB-BBB to include Mathematics.

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.

BTEC: DDD plus grade B in A Level Mathematics.

Scottish Highers: ABBBC plus grade B in Mathematics.

Access to HE (Science): Pass with Distinction (to include 24 Dist, 15 Merits and 6 Passes) including 18 in Maths.

International Baccalaureate: 34-32 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics.

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee's comments.

General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

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