BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Whether it’s making a mobile phone secure, helping an endangered species survive, or analysing a successful business, maths is key. Almost all areas of human activity or advanced technologies need mathematics, so the demand for mathematicians continues to grow. Our BSc (Hons) Maths degree is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the professional society for qualified and practising mathematicians. It will give you a solid grounding in the methods of modern applied mathematics, and bring out the intrinsic beauty of mathematical ideas.

You’ll become an expert in logical thinking and develop refined problem-solving skills that employers in many fields value highly. 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. Follow us on Twitter.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Pontypridd

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.

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, 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.

Year 1

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

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • 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
  • Final Year Project
  • Extended Tutoring in Schools and Colleges


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.

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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.


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.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to include a B in Mathematics

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to include a B grade in Mathematics

Typical BTEC Offer


Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include grade 5 in Mathematics.

Typical Access to HE Offer

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

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.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

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 significant 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 1 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

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Admissions statement

This Mathematics 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.

You’ll also have the opportunity to study a sandwich year, where you complete a work placement between years two and three. This year in industry is an excellent opportunity to gain news skills and real-life knowledge that will help you during your latter part of your studies. It will also look great on your CV and make you more attractive to future employers.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW 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.