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 CodeG100
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 22% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
AccreditationsInstitute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
Typical places availableThe School typically has 172 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe 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 EquationsMA100110 credits
Computing for MathematicsMA100320 credits
GeometryMA100410 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IMA100520 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IIMA100620 credits
Vectors and MatricesMA100710 credits
Introduction to Probability TheoryMA150010 credits
Optional modules
Mechanics IMA130010 credits
Statistical InferenceMA150110 credits
Finance I : Financial Markets and Corporate Financial ManagementMA180110 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 AlgebraMA021210 credits
Calculus of Several VariablesMA200110 credits
Matrix AlgebraMA200210 credits
Complex AnalysisMA200310 credits
Series and TransformsMA200410 credits
Real AnalysisMA200610 credits

Entry requirements

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

Typical A level offerAAB including an A in Maths or A*BB/A*AC including an A in Maths.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding Mathematics.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer34 points including at least 6 in Maths Higher Level.
Other requirementsWe 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.