Physics and Mathematics (BSc)
3 Years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
The interface between Mathematics and Physics is becoming less and less clearly defined. If you are seeking a greater breadth of study than a single honours degree can offer, this joint honours programme is designed specifically with you in mind. Throughout your degree you will devote half your time to the study of Physics, and half your time to the study of Mathematics, and can choose between a theoretical project and laboratory work in your final year, depending on your interests.
|How to apply||www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply|
|Typical places available||The School of Physics and Astronomy admits 120 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes|
|Typical applications received||550-600|
|Scholarships & Bursaries||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A-level offer||ABB|
|Admissions Tutors||Dr Carole Tucker / Dr Jonathan Thompson|
Physics - 029 2087 4144
Maths - 029 2087 5524
Physics - firstname.lastname@example.org
Maths - ThompsonJM1@cardiff.ac.uk
The School of Mathematics has a reputation for excellent teaching quality standards, a friendly atmosphere that pervades the School, and the care and support students receive from the staff. The School strives to ensure that its students react enthusiastically to their courses and thoroughly enjoy their learning experience.
The School offers a range of research-led teaching and learning opportunities which develop essential mathematical and employability skills. Teaching is carried out through a blend of lectures, tutorials and examples classes. To aid the transition to University, all first year modules have associated tutorial sessions that promote peer interaction and discussion. Increased independent learning is encouraged throughout the programme.
In all years the classes are used to discuss both theoretical concepts and essential mathematical techniques. Students are encouraged to undertake additional reading outside of timetabled classes and fully engage with and reflect upon the formative/summative assessments that take place. Summative assessment is mainly through written examination that takes place either at the end of the Autumn or Spring Semester, but many modules involve an element of continuous assessment which includes problem solving exercises, written reports, computer programs, oral presentation etc. Feedback on progress is typically provided through a combination of discussion in class, written comments on submitted work and review of outline solutions to problems.
The intention of the School of Physics and Astronomy is to provide students with an in-depth education over a broad range of widely applicable skills. Teaching is carried out using a wide range of different techniques. There are the traditional lectures, tutorials and laboratory work and, in addition, there are computer-based courses, project-based courses, skills-based courses and the opportunity to attend a residential course in mid-Wales. There is a wide variety of assessment methods. Some modules are assessed purely by an end of semester exam (in January or May), some combine continual assessment with an end of semester exam and others are all continual assessment. Students are assigned an Academic and Personal Tutor. Personal tutors are there to advise on academic, non-academic and personal matters in a confidential and informal manner. You will meet with your academic tutor once a week in the first year to discuss any study-related issues. You will also receive your marked coursework back with feedback during your tutorial.
|Typical A-level Offer||
A-level Physics and Mathematics is required with a grade A in Mathematics. AS-level Mathematics or Physics is not accepted in lieu of an A-level. General Studies is not accepted.
|Typical WBQ Offer||Pass at Advanced Diploma will be accepted plus a grade A in Mathematics and B in Physics at A-level.|
|Typical Int Bacc Offer||34 points, including 6s in Mathematics and Physics at higher level.|
|Other||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.|
A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.
The Mathematics degree programmes at Cardiff will equip you with specialist numerical skills and develop your capacity for logical and analytical thought. These are qualities which are in demand across a broad range of stimulating and rewarding careers.
In addition to the formal teaching on the programme the School of Mathematics also has significant engagement with the Careers Service and Employers. This includes a Careers Management Skills Programme, numerous company presentations held in the School, presentations by students returning from industry, and a range of sponsored prizes awarded for academic achievement. In 2010, 57% of the School’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation while a further 28% were engaged in further study with others taking time out to travel etc. Employers included: universities, banks plus organisations such as the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office. Career destinations included: finance manager, lecturer, risk analyst and statistician.
In 2010, 50% of graduates from the School of Physics and Astronomy were in professional employment within six months of graduation while a further 33% were engaged in further study with others taking time out to travel etc. Employers included: UK and international universities plus organisations such as the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Olcaro Technology and the Ministry of Defence. Career destinations included: lecturer, research scientist, research development leader, medical physicist.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Carole Tucker (Physics)
Telephone: 029 2087 4144
Name: Dr Jonathan Thompson (Mathematics) (Mathematics)
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5524
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4199