BSc (Hons) Computing Mathematics

As technology develops, the demand for computer-literate mathematicians continues to expand. From understanding the behaviour of complex software to designing super-fast algorithms, maths is essential.

On this BSc (Hons) Computing Mathematics degree, you’ll gain a solid grounding in the methods of modern applied mathematics, with an emphasis on how they can be used in computing. Industry-standard programming packages are taught throughout the degree, alongside cutting-edge mathematical techniques to ensure you have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to solve complex problems. This Computing Mathematics course has been accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications – the professional society for qualified and practising mathematicians. This means that on graduation, you will be one step closer to achieving chartered status.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G201 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G201 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

The BSc (Hons) Computing Mathematics will explore the methods of modern applied mathematics, with an emphasis on how they can be used in computing.

You’ll gain a solid grounding in mathematics in the first year, built initially on material you encountered in core modules at A-level. You’ll also develop expertise in a number of relevant, industry-standard computer packages and programming techniques.

From the second year onwards, you can specialise in areas of mathematics and computing that match your interests and career goals, such as computer graphics, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, operational research, and cryptography. In your final year, you may complete a project in computing mathematics under the supervision of a lecturer. You’ll also develop specialist skills through a mixture of mathematics and computer science modules, designed with your employment prospects in mind.

The BSc (Hons) Computing Mathematics 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.


Your studies will involve around 18 hours each week in a mixture of lectures, tutorials and computer laboratories, as well as approximately another 18 hours completing exercises.


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

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

BBC to include a B in Mathematics

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BB at A Level to include a B in Mathematics

Typical BTEC Offer


Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include grade 6 in Mathematics.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Maths, Engineering or Science Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 15 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:  £12300 

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

Graduates of this Computing Maths degree find themselves able to apply for an interesting variety of jobs in industry, finance and governmental institutions, and education.

With your wide range of skills, including problem-solving and logical thinking, you’ll be prepared for a career in many different areas. Typical job roles include mathematical programmer, software developer, systems analyst and many more. The course is also suitable for those wishing to teach maths, undertake research, or further study in computing mathematics.

You’ll also will be encouraged to spend a year working in industry, giving you first-hand experience of the world of work. This work placement is a great opportunity to learn new skills and start building your professional networks and contacts. Not only will it look great on your CV, but you could even get a graduate job offer from your placement employer.

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.