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Cardiff University

Mathematics and Physics with a Year of Study Abroad

UCAS Code: 133K

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A*,B,B

To include A*/A in Maths and B in Physics. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Extended Project

A

For applicants taking the EPQ qualification, an A in the EPQ can be recognised to lower the entry requirements by a single grade. For example an AAB offer would be “AAB from 3 A levels or ABB from 3 A levels and a grade A in the EPQ”. Please note that any subject specific requirements must be met.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language grade C or 4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

To include 6 in HL Maths and 5 in Physics or 666-665 in 3 HL's including 6 in Maths and 5 in Physics.

Please contact Cardiff University for further information.

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

UCAS Tariff

136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time including placement abroad | 2019

Subjects

Mathematics

Physics

The dividing line between mathematics and physics is becoming less clear and if you are looking for broader study than a single honours degree can offer, this joint honours BSc Physics and Mathematics is designed with you in mind.
Mathematics and physics are subjects that naturally overlap in fields such as applied mathematics and theoretical physics. This joint course offers preparation for careers including industrial or academic research and development, computing, education and areas needing a pragmatic, numerate and analytical approach to problem solving.
Designed for those with an enquiring mind, this degree provides a broad education in how theoretical and experimental physics can be used to describe the universe, alongside mathematics modules designed to challenge and stimulate your academic curiosity.
Throughout your course you will devote half your time to physics and half to mathematics. You can choose between a theoretical project and laboratory work in your final year, depending on your interests. We support you to become an independent learner, able to effectively tackle unseen problems.
This particular version of the degree allows you to spend your third year studying abroad before returning to Cardiff for a final year. The Schools of Mathematics and Physics have agreements with institutions across Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia, and you will have support when applying for your overseas year.
Distinctive Features of The Programme
This course offers:
• An opportunity to combine the study of mathematics and physics
• The involvement of research-active staff in course design and delivery
• Frequent opportunities to conduct practical work laboratory facilities in the School of Physics.
• An opportunity to develop an ease with abstract mathematical concepts, logical argument and deductive reasoning
• A firm basis for conducting physics research in a range of theoretical and practical areas, including the skills to manage an extended project
• An emphasis on independent learning
• Effective course monitoring and opportunities for student feedback
• An accredited route into a physics or mathematics profession - all the core content required for the degree to be accredited by Institute of Physics (IoP) and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
• The opportunity to broaden your experience and enhance your employability by spending a year at a university abroad. During this Year of Study abroad, students have the opportunity to study further topics in Mathematics and Physics as well as studying different subjects if they so wish.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£10,500
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£19,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Cardiff

Department:

School of Mathematics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
med
Mathematics
82%
med
Physics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

Physics

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
99%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
17%
Business, research and administrative professionals
7%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

Physics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Natural and social science professionals
18%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Mathematics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£29k

£29k

£37k

£37k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Physics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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