Cardiff University Maths

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Cardiff University Maths

A Mathematical Formula.

Study Mathematics because it is fascinating, challenging and elegant and because it provides the skills in demand for a wide range of careers.

The BSc in Mathematics is flexible, allowing you to specialise as you progress through the course or to maintain a broad range of modules from the major branches of mathematics.

The course has an essential core of pure mathematics linked with modules from applied mathematics, statistics, computing and operational research and you will sample all of these branches in your first year.

Distinctive features

Studying Mathematics at Cardiff:

  • offers a sound basis of knowledge, understanding and skills in the main areas of mathematics
  • encourages an understanding of abstract mathematical concepts, logical argument and deductive reasoning
  • gives you the opportunity to study some applications of mathematics, and to develop problem-solving skills using mathematical and statistical
  • has an emphasis on independent learning

Much of year one is common to our courses, so if you wish to change to another course within the School this may be possible.

NOTE: There is the option of taking a year studying at a university abroad between your second and third years. This would extend the BSc degree to four years and is subject to your academic performance.

Key facts

UCAS Code G100
Next intake September 2017
Duration 3 years
Mode Full time
Studying in Welsh Up to 22% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Accreditations Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
Typical places available The School typically has 172 places available.
Typical applications received The School typically receives around 700 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)


Year one

Most of the first year modules are compulsory, but you can choose to study one other mathematics module or one from another subject.

Core modules
Elementary Differential Equations MA1001 10 credits
Computing for Mathematics MA1003 20 credits
Geometry MA1004 10 credits
Foundations of Mathematics I MA1005 20 credits
Foundations of Mathematics II MA1006 20 credits
Vectors and Matrices MA1007 10 credits
Introduction to Probability Theory MA1500 10 credits
Optional modules
Mechanics I MA1300 10 credits
Statistical Inference MA1501 10 credits
Finance I : Financial Markets and Corporate Financial Management MA1801 10 credits

Year two

There is a greater choice of optional modules in year two, including pure and applied mathematics, statistics and operational research. The modules you select will inform the choices available to you in year three.

Core modules
Linear Algebra MA0212 10 credits
Calculus of Several Variables MA2001 10 credits
Matrix Algebra MA2002 10 credits
Complex Analysis MA2003 10 credits
Series and Transforms MA2004 10 credits
Real Analysis MA2006 10 credits

Entry requirements

For detailed entry requirements see the School of Mathematics admissions criteria pages.

Typical A level offer AAB including an A in Maths or A*BB/A*AC including an A in Maths.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding Mathematics.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer 34 points including at least 6 in Maths Higher Level.
Other requirements We also welcome applications from students from overseas and from students who have equivalent qualifications, such as BTEC, GNVQ, ACCESS, etc. Applicants with such qualifications should contact the admissions tutor, Jonathan Gillard or administrator Caroline Frame, for more information.