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Mathematics & Statistics BSc

Overview

Turning numbers into patterns into predictions

UCAS code

GG13

Typical offer

AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics (full entry requirements)

length

3 years full-time

Data is everywhere, and more and more of it is generated every day. A maths and statistics degree will train you to spot and understand patterns in this data, and to make careful predictions about the future. From marketing strategies to psychology, from engineering to medicine, statistics is necessary to understand the world around us.

A degree in maths and statistics is a highly sought-after qualification, and can lead to a wide variety of career choices.

The reason I love doing mathematics and statistics is because I love solving problems, and because once you understand the concepts and ideas used in maths, you can apply the numerical skills you have learned to various aspects of everyday life.

Andre, Mathematics & Statistics (BSc)

Course Content

What you’ll study

General

You'll spend around a quarter of your time in scheduled teaching. University maths is full of new concepts and requires more 'thinking time' than school maths.

Module Lists and Descriptions

Year 1

The first-year modules of your maths and statistics degree will give you a firm foundation across all areas of mathematics. They'll also provide a platform for specialisation later in the degree.

  • Calculus — A cultural transition to the rigorous development of University maths.
  • Core Algebra — Understand and manipulate functions, complex numbers, vectors and matrices.
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics —Learn the mathematical underpinning of today's data-driven society.
  • Real Analysis — A rigorous investigation into limits of sequences, infinite series, limits of real functions, continuity, differentiability and the Riemann integral.
  • Introduction to Applied Mathematics — Building and analysing mathematical models to answer real-world questions.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

You'll take modules that sharpen your skills in statistics and its related concepts:

  • Statistics I — Extend your knowledge of probability theory and some of the basic methods of inference and estimation.
  • Applied Probability — Show how probability theory may be used to model a variety of random processes, such as the weather, stock markets and the spread of contagious diseases.
  • Statistics II — Learn to investigate data using hypothesis tests and linear regression models.
  • Complex Analysis and Integral Transforms — Learn how to analyse and work with functions of complex variables, and how these can be applied to solve real-world problems.
  • Linear Algebra — An introduction to vector spaces and linear mappings between them.

You'll also choose optional modules from:

  • Introduction to Group Theory — The mathematical study of symmetry.
  • Differential Equations — Investigate the behaviour of linear second order differential equations.
  • Introduction to Number Theory — Understand which natural numbers are sums of two squares.
  • Vector Calculus — Describing the inter-relationships between continuity, differentiability and integrability of functions of many variables.
  • Groups Rings and Fields — Extend ideas from group theory to other algebraic structures.
  • Classical Mechanics — Introduces the basics of Newtonian Mechanics, such as Newton's laws, gravitation and rigid body dynamics.
  • You may replace up to 20 credits of optional modules with electives from other Departments.

Year 3

The main focus of your final year is your individual project, which will make up one-third of your credits.

  • Final-Year Project — Develop independent research that investigates a unique mathematical topic.

You'll be required to complete advanced statistics modules:

  • Bayesian Statistics — How to combine expert belief and data in a meaningful way.
  • Generalised Linear Models — Analyse diverse response and explanatory variables.
  • Time Series — Model data sets arising over time, and how to use these in forecasting.
  • Multivariate Analysis — Analysing sets of data that have several measurements for each individual.
  • You'll also choose optional modules from our current list of third-year options. You may replace up to 20 credits of optional modules with electives from other Departments.

Study abroad

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some opportunities related to this course:

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society, and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Teaching and assessment

How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

Lectures and seminars are the main mode of teaching. Some modules have practical computer classes. All modules are supported by extensive material provided online, including a discussion forum.

  • Small group tutorials of 8-10 discuss core lecture ideas, but also teach skills needed for employment after graduation.
  • Small weekly seminars support non-core modules through your first and second year. 
  • Your third-year lectures are usually smaller and usually include weekly seminars or problem classes.

Assessments

Your assessments will mainly be examinations and regular homework. In your third year, you'll do an individual project that combines a final report, poster presentation, and short written assignments.

  • Feedback may be in written form, via model answers, or through discussions in-class or in online forums.
  • Your final project allows you to specialise in an area that interests you. Don't be afraid to be creative.

Careers

Where you’ll go from here

Because the need for graduates with a maths and statistics degree is practically unlimited, the same could be said of your career options.

Possible Career opportunities

  • Finance (e.g. uncovering the systematic tendencies in stock markets)
  • Economics (e.g. What can we do to reduce unemployment and increase incomes?)
  • Politics (e.g. opinion polls)
  • Medical statistics (e.g. the effect of aspirin on the incidence of heart disease)
  • Psychology (e.g. measuring and analyzing factors that influence individuals' behaviour)

Valuable transferable skills

  • Logical and analytical thinking
  • Critical reading and thinking
  • Pattern recognition
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Communication skills

Six months after graduation, around 90 per cent of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study.

Entry requirements

How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS. Accepted applicants will be invited to visit between November and April. That's when you can meet our current students and staff, including a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff.

A-levels & GCSEs

One of the following:

  • AAB in three A levels, including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics.
  • AAA in three A levels, including Mathematics plus A in Further Mathematics AS level.

The department accepts all A level subjects, except for Modern Foreign Languages taken by native speakers.

You may be invited to interview if you can't offer any form of Further Mathematics.

International options

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall, including HL6 in Mathematics

Scottish Highers

AAAAA including Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAAAB including A1 in Mathematics.

European Baccalaureate

85 per cent average overall, including 85 per cent in Mathematics.

Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U

Pass with D3 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.

English language

Our English language requirements for international applicants can be found on our Entry Requirements page.

Unistats for this course

Enquire

Contact our admissions tutor if you have any questions

Dr Christopher Hughes, Dr Stephen Connor and Miss Heather Cork