Mathematics and Statistics


UCAS code: G112
Typical offer:
Three years

BSc + Placement Year

UCAS code: GG13
Typical offer: AAA
Length: Four years


UCAS code: G110
Typical offer: AAA
Four years

MMath + Placement Year

UCAS code: GG14
Typical offer: AAA
Length: Five years

International students
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Foundation Years at our International College

In her Mathsters video series, honorary fellow Dr Eugenia Cheng provides tutorials on a range of maths topics.

How to apply and other entry requirements

Other Mathematics degrees:

See also: Dual courses

Spend a year on a work placement as part of your course:

About the course

Our Mathematics and Statistics courses include compulsory training in a range of statistical techniques, using the latest professional tools and software. You'll start by learning the theory of probability, and its applications, and begin to study statistical inference. You'll also build on your existing mathematics knowledge by covering a range of pure and applied mathematics topics, and learn how to conduct a mathematical investigation as part of a group while you develop your computing and writing skills.

In second year, you'll learn how to apply statistical techniques to increasingly complex problems. You'll do more on statistical inference, as well as probability modelling, differential equations, and computing and simulation. You'll can also study mechanics and fluids, and how the tools of mathematics and statistics can be applied to real-world problems.

There is specialist training in medical statistics, Bayesian statistics, sampling and experimental design in third year. There is also a vast range of optional modules for you to choose from in third year and, if you choose one of the MMath courses, fourth year. Topics range from number theory, and knots and surfaces, to codes and cryptography, and the history of mathematics. This gives you the freedom to focus on the topics that interest you the most and develop specialist knowledge for your chosen career. Lots of modules include project work, so that you get the chance to put your mathematics skills into practice in lots of different scenarios.

If you do one of our research-intensive MMath degrees, you'll spend a third of your final year working on a major independent research project. This year is designed to prepare you for a career in research, with training in how to write mathematical reports and present your findings. There is also more specialist training in data analysis, computational inference and linear models.

Course structure

Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

First year

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

  • Modules from other departments in the University

Second year

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

  • Modules from other departments in the University

Third year

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

  • Modules from other departments in the University

Fourth year

If you do the MMath course, you'll do a major research project in your fourth year, working with professional mathematicians in one of our research groups. Students also take the following modules:

 You'll also have a range of optional modules to choose from. Current options include:

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers.

You can find a full list of modules in the School of Mathematics and Statistics on our webpages for current students:

Module list

Mathematics and Statistics with a Placement Year

UCAS codes: GG13 / GG14

If you do one of our Placement Year courses, you'll spend 12 months before the final year of your degree on a work placement. This makes these degree programmes a year longer, as you'll still cover the same content as students on our standard BSc and MMath Mathematics and Statistics degrees.

During your placement year, you'll work full-time, potentially earning a graduate-level salary. You’ll pay reduced fees for the year but still have access to all the support you need from the University. Careers staff will help you find the placement that's right for you, and students are often offered graduate jobs at the end.

Previous placement students have gone to:

  • Unilever
  • IBM
  • Virgin
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Department of Work and Pensions

Sarah, pictured, spent a year of her degree working for NHS England as an Operational Research Analyst.

Sarah Brill

Everyone was really friendly and helpful and my line manager ensured I received the training I needed.

Soon I was given my own projects to complete, as well as working with team members on collective projects.

Sarah Brill, BSc Mathematics  READ MORE