Sciences

Sciences

Geography

Geography is a wide subject area. It is no surprise therefore that it attracts individuals equally as far-reaching with a breadth of vision. Where else would you get the opportunity to use the most innovative technology in order to learn about the earth’s primitive structure processes, such as the evolution of land-forms and natural disasters? Where else would you also have the opportunity to learn about human relationships and activities which are at the heart of our understanding of the world around us?

You will have the opportunity, while studying the subject, to learn about current issues from around the world under the guidance of experts in their fields. You will follow modules that deal with current issues such as globalisation and current social relations, sustainability, world processes and human responses to natural risks.

In addition to traditional lectures, you will take part in detailed discussions in small groups (tutorials and seminars), develop the ability to work as part of a team Geography by undertaking group work and presentations, as well as develop skills to work independently by planning a research project. You will also be given the opportunity to practice your skills directly by going on work experience, and attending field trips to interesting places such as the Gower Peninsula, and even New York or Vancouver.

While taking advantage of all these opportunities, and doing so through the medium of Welsh, you will develop an infrastructure of skills that will be invaluable in whatever career you choose in the future. The ability to deal with the subject through the medium of Welsh as well as English will be an additional feather in your cap, and an attractive skill to any prospective employer. A degree in Geography is an excellent starting point for a range of careers, whether in the public sector, the private sector or various other fields. Many graduates go on to work as road and traffic system planners, Government statisticians, geological surveyors for oil and gas companies, fashion buyers, explorers, film and documentary producers, journalists, charity workers in foreign countries, as well as academic researchers (who work on some of the most interesting and influential matters of our time.

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Engineering

Are you a person who likes to solve problems? Do you possess excellent analytical and mathematical skills? Do you want the opportunity to change the way we live? Are you fascinated by the way things work? Are you creative? And do you want to use and develop these skills in order to pursue a successful and challenging career? If you are, then a degree in Engineering is the right choice for you! Engineering is a wide and varied subject with an international demand for specialist graduates. It is an area that has been identified by the Welsh Government as a key area for the economic prosperity of Wales.

The areas that can be studied include:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronic and Electrical
  • Engineering Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Sports Engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Product Design

The demand for graduates who are numerate, are able to solve problems, handle computers with confidence and communicate effectively is increasing. There are a variety of courses available, with some giving more emphasis on the vocational and industry contacts, and other courses on research skills and pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the world.

Engineering offers a diverse and exciting career path for graduates, with job security and good pay. Among the sectors that engineers can work are in the industry, business, health, education and research. A number of university courses offer students the opportunity to work with local businesses and industries thus student can benefit from their expertise and develop skills in preparation for a career in the field.

Some courses also offer the opportunity to spend a year in industry, or even abroad. The ability to communicate and work through the medium of Welsh is an additional skill in a competitive field that develops daily. By studying part of your course through the medium of Welsh, you will learn how to handle your subject in two languages – a valuable skill when you apply for jobs.

A degree in Engineering gives you the chance to work in ground-breaking areas, shaping the way people around the world live, improve living standards and improve our understanding of the the world around us. It is an area that prepares you for a career that can offer considerable satisfaction!

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Computer Science

These days, computers are an ever-present part of our lives. From mobile apps and social media to video games and autopilot, new technologies require reliable and secure software that is also easy to use.

By studying Computer Science, you will develop the skills needed to understand and develop such systems. As a result, you will see doors opening to careers in industry and research. Computer Science can be studied as a single honours degree or as a joint honours. There are also opportunities to spend a year in industry or even abroad if you wish.

Having the opportunity to discuss your course through the medium of Welsh is a huge boost to learning; by working on innovative projects in groups and as an individual, your ability to discuss and work in Welsh will be of great benefit when working with local industrial companies and consultants.

Computing graduates can be found working in many exciting areas, such as formula 1, aviation, games development and meteorology. Who knows, perhaps you’ll be the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerburg! Other examples of potential jobs in the field include software developer, information technology officer, research assistant, software engineer and web designer. As you can see, there are plenty of possibilities.

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Mathematics

Mathematics is a very broad subject; it is a language in itself, and is used in a wide range of scientific fields, e.g. Physics and Engineering.

In studying mathematics, you can specialise in aspects of the subject, such as Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or operational research, or you can study any combinations of these. With a view to further enhancing your learning experience, some universities offer opportunities to work in industry, or abroad, for a year.

The first two years of MMath and BSc courses are usually the same, and there will be an opportunity to transfer from one scheme to another if you wish.

It is true to say that Maths graduates are likely to receive the highest salaries, second only to Medicine and Dentistry graduates. There is an increasing demand for Mathematics graduates, and the importance of STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is recognised in the Welsh Government science agenda, Science for Wales.

A degree in Mathematics can prepare you for a brilliant career, and Maths graduates can be found working in various fields, whether as researchers, engineers, programmers, accountants or teachers. Even if you choose to work in another area after graduating, your skills in analysing, problem solving and critical thinking, along with your practical, computer and communications skills, will be an asset to you in whatever career you choose.

Elements of Mathematics degree courses are taught through the medium of Welsh in more than one university. The ability to discuss and work in both languages is vital in communicating in Wales, and studying elements of a Mathematics degree course through the medium of Welsh will give you a golden opportunity to develop the necessary language skills.

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Biosciences

Biosciences offer a unique opportunity to understand how the world around us works. What effect will climate change have on our environment? How much of our genetic make-up is similar to that of a monkey or a banana?

Biosciences is based on research and experiments in a laboratory and in the field. Together with expanding your scientific knowledge and understanding of standard scientific techniques, you will also have an opportunity to develop transferable skills in statistics, communication and presentation methods together with organisational skills (as an individual and as part of a group).

In addition to traditional lectures, you will also learn about biosciences through participation in tutorials and seminars, together with developing the ability to work independently through a research project. In some universities you will have an opportunity to undertake work experience as well as go on field trips to sites around the world.

In studying Biosciences through the medium of Welsh you will be able to benefit from developing an invaluable skillset for whatever career you choose. In Wales, employers linked to Biosciences acknowledge the importance of effective communication in Welsh and English. This is particularly true in jobs where communicating with the public is an essential part of the work; in the environment (with landowners, farmers and horticulturalists) and hospitals (with patients, adults and children).

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Environmental Science and Ocean Sciences

Interested in the environment? Keen to learn more about natural processes and the relationship between them? Want to see Welsh businesses’ environmental performance improve? If so, a degree in Environmental Science is ideal for you.

Environmental Science is a wide-ranging discipline and you will be studying modern day threats to the world and its people such as climate change, pollution, conservation and food safety. In studying the subject you will have a strong foundation in Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Marine Sciences together with a strong awareness of the relationship between these elements and their effect on mankind.

During the course you will have a number of opportunities to meet with members of the environmental sector workforce, as well as the opportunity to undertake work experience. Working within the sector you will work with the environmental industries (e.g. agriculture, water, tourism), where statutory bodies expect staff to be able to use both Welsh and English equally. By studying part of your course through the medium of Welsh, you will gain the confidence to present environmental issues in both languages that will be advantageous to you as you pursue your career.

Graduates in this field can be found working in a number of different disciplines such as conservation and protection of habitats, environmental consultation, developing and implementing policy, water quality monitoring together with waste management.

 

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Physics

Physics is an exciting subject that offers students a host of experiences by combining the theoretical and the practical. Physics degree courses provide a strong foundation to understand and explain the world around us; Physics laws are the foundation of modern technology, and are used to describe systems, from small subatomic particles to massive galaxies.

Physics is a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which are recognised as central to Wales’s economic prosperity). Physics is highly valued in a variety of fields, such as meteorology, medicine, engineering and renewable energy.

There are many opportunities for Physics graduates. Even if you choose to leave the field after graduating, the skills that you will develop during the course – computer skills, analytical and communication skills, and the ability to think critically and solve problems – will be invaluable, whatever path you take. It goes without saying therefore: a Physics degree will open many doors.

A variety of Physics degree schemes are offered. There are three year BSc degree schemes, and four year MPhys degree schemes (which includes more challenging material). There is also a four year BSc Physics degree scheme with a foundation year, for those who have no background of studying Physics at A Level in school.

Elements of Physics degree courses are taught through the medium of Welsh. These bilingual degree schemes will give you the opportunity to use both languages to deal with physics, which will prepare you for the professional landscape in Wales and the international arena. If you are interested in working abroad, you will also have opportunities to do so as part of the degree course.

 

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Chemistry

Not every Chemist wears a white coat! A degree in Chemistry can lead to a distinguished career in many fields.

Studying Chemistry through the medium of Welsh offers many advantages. It eases the jump between A Level and university education since discussing a subject through a first language rather than a second is much easier. By studying part of the course through the medium of Welsh, you will have the ability to discuss and write in both languages.

In addition to studying Core Chemistry from practical and theoretical points of view, there is an emphasis on transferable skills, such as communication, dealing with numbers, analysis, handling data, observation, team working and thinking logically. These will be beneficial, whatever career you pursue after graduating. Chemistry graduates work in a number of different areas and locations, including:

  • industry
  • research
  • computing
  • marketing
  • accounting
  • journalism
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • commercial analysis laboratories
  • forensic science
  • archaeology
  • food technology
  • biotechnology
  • metallurgy companies.
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Agriculture and Rural Science

With the growth in world population alongside the need to ensure the highest quality food supply, it is more important than ever that farmers receive a first class education. Ensuring the availability of nutritious milk and meat in the future is vital, as well as complying with conservation and sustainability requirements. In studying a course in Agriculture, you'll also learn a number of important principles such as soil and grassland management, crop management and production, animal production as well as sustainability.

If you are interested in a more vocational course, the Foundation degree in Agriculture or Agriculture and Countryside Management will appeal to you. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills in husbandry and management, and to gain practical experience that will pave the way to a career in agriculture, countryside management and conservation. These courses are also popular among those who wish to retrain or change career.

The food and farming sector is key to the Welsh economy in terms of employment and its contribution to tourism. The supply chain represents around 18% of the Welsh workforce. According to a Welsh Government report on Welsh language skills, 45% of agri-food sector employers considered Welsh language skills as important to their business, and a third considered Welsh language skills as very important. The same report shows that Welsh is used in the workplace in almost 50% of agri-food sector organisations. This naturally means that studying in Welsh will empower you with language skills crucial to this sector.

Graduates of Agriculture and Countryside Management work in many different areas, including farm management, animal feed, agricultural-environmental consultancy, the provision of sustainable food, farm animal health and welfare inspection, agricultural goods supply, as well as habitat protection and conservation.

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