About us

Welcome to the Department of Mathematics.

"Mathematics by the Sea" has been practised at Aberystwyth since the University first opened. In fact, Aberystwyth was the first University to teach Mathematics in Wales. Teaching methods have certainly changed since the first Professor of Mathematics, Horatio Nelson Grimley, welcomed students in 1872, yet our aim is still to provide the highest quality education in a friendly and supportive environment.

So why choose the department of Mathematics at Aberystwyth University?

Aberystwyth is a vibrant, cosmopolitan bilingual university town, between the rolling Cambrian mountains and the stunning coastline of Cardigan Bay. You’ll be part of a campus university with its own sports centre, a busy Arts Centre; and you’ll be next door to the National Library of Wales, only one of five copyright libraries in the UK.

Our single honours mathematics courses are accredited by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), and the curriculum enables students to take joint courses with other departments in the university and to specialise in areas such as mathematical physics and data science. Within Wales, the Department has a leading role in the provision of mathematics in higher education through the medium of Welsh.

As a department, we have an excellent reputation for the quality of our teaching, learning environment and the cultural experience we offer to our students. In the 2017 National Student Survey, our department was ranked 3rd in the UK for satisfaction with Teaching on the course for the subject mathematics and statistics. In the 2018 survey the department received 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018), and in the 2019 survey we were ranked 1st in the UK for satisfaction with Assessment and Feedback for the subject mathematics and statistics. This demonstrates our dedication and sustained commitment to providing an experience that is memorable and will prepare you well for your future. 

Our staff expertise in research covers a broad range of mathematics, including operator algebras, solid and fluid mechanics, and quantum mechanics. A great deal of research activity is interdisciplinary, involving collaborators in physics, computer science and engineering and partners in industry. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, all of our research was judged as internationally recognised and above, with one in eight of our outputs world leading.

Our exciting and work place relevant degree schemes are highly regarded (HESA, 2017), demonstrating that our innovative teaching gives you a smooth transition from campus to career.

Our graduates have found employment in the following sectors:

  • Statistical analysis and computational statistics
  • Teaching
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Accountancy and banking
  • Risk Analysis and actuarial work
  • Financial management and investment analysis
  • Information technology

Take the time to browse through our webpages and find out more about our courses on offer. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with us.  If you have never visited Aberystwyth, take the time and come along to one of our Open Days, Applicant Visiting Days or even book yourself onto a Campus Tour so you can see why we’re rated one of the best Universities in the UK for student satisfaction, and meet some of the staff who’ll be your mentors and guides during your time with us.