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BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics

Turning numbers into patterns into predictions

2018/19 entry

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UCAS code

GG13

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

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

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

Fees for 2018/19 to be confirmed. See fees and funding.

International fees

£16,620 per year (2018/19)

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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.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for the purpose of meeting in part the educational requirement for chartered status.

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National Student Survey 2017

#1 in the Russell Group for overall satisfaction

Employability

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

Tutorial system

Our comprehensive tutorial system will support you throughout your degree

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

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.

Study abroad

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

Year 1

 The first-year modules of your BSc in Mathematics and Statistics will give you a firm foundation across all areas of mathematics. They'll also provide a platform for specialisation later in the degree. Modules may include:

  • Calculus: An introduction to the differential and integral calculus
  • Algebra: Understand and manipulate functions, complex numbers, vectors and matrices
  • Mathematical Skills 1: An introduction to reasoning and the communication of mathematics
  • 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.

Year 2

One-third of the year consists of the four core modules, which may include:

  • Functions of a Complex Variable: Learn how to analyse and work with functions of Complex Variables, and how these can be applied to solve real-world problems
  • Vector Calculus: Deepen your understanding of calculus and learn about scalar and vector fields in two and three dimensions
  • Linear Algebra: An introduction to vector spaces and linear mappings between them
  • Mathematical Skills 2: An introduction to recent advances in mathematics and scientific programming

You will also take the 40 credit module:

  • Probability and Statistics: A thorough grounding in the methods of probability and statistics including inference, modelling random processes, hypothesis testing and linear regression models.

And one of the other two specialisms, Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics

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, which may include:

You'll also choose optional modules from our list of third-year options. You may replace up to 20 credits of optional modules with electives from other Departments.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 (2017/18)

Fees for 2018/19 are subject to increase in line with government policy. Updated fees information will be published as soon as possible after the government announcement.
£16,620

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

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

In your first year small group tutorials of 8-10 discuss core mathematical ideas. They also develop the skills you'll need in employment such as communication and group work. Your development will continue with programming skills and an individual project in the second year followed by a larger project in the final year.

Small fortnightly seminars and larger fortnightly problem classes support all lecture courses through the degree; a regular pattern of work that will keep your study on track. As you specialise in the third year your lectures are usually smaller and more interactive.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars324 hours
(27%)
300 hours
(25%)
240 hours
(20%)
Independent study876 hours
(73%)
900 hours
(75%)
960 hours
(80%)

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Independent study may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Mathematics which is on Campus West. Teaching will take place at a variety of locations across Campus West including in the Physics and Electronics building, Derwent and Vanbrugh.

Course location

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your assessments will mainly be examinations and regular coursework. 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. 

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams95%100%67%
Coursework5%0%30%
Practical exams0%0%3%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

The demand for graduates with a maths and statistics degree is significant which gives you a wide variety of possible career options after graduation.

Career opportunities

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

Transferable skills

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

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

One of the following:

  • AAB in three A levels, including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics
  • AAB in three A levels, including A in Mathematics plus A in Further Mathematics AS level
  • AAA in three A levels, including Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U Pass with D3 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics
European Baccalaureate 85 per cent average overall, including 85 per cent in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate 36 points overall, including HL 6 in Mathematics
Irish leaving Certificate AAAAAB including A1 in Mathematics
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAA including Mathematics
Other qualifications

Country-specific information about accepted qualifications and equivalent grades may be available.

English language

  • IELTS: 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Pearson: 55, with a minimum of 51 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (taken from January 2015): 169, with a minimum of 162 each component

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All applications must be made through UCAS

Accepted applicants will be invited to visit the Department between November and April. That's when you can meet our current students and staff, and have a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff.

We will offer you an interview if you present with a strong school performance and application form. Although the interview is not part of your offer and you do not need to attend, if you do, your offer could be reduced by one A Level grade or equivalent.

Next steps

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