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Overview Turning numbers into patterns into predictions

UCAS code


Typical offer

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


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


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.

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.

  • 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. 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 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:


Accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) for the purpose of eligibility for Graduate Statistician status.

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

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed

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.


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. 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.

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 analysing factors that influence individuals' behaviour)

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 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.

A-levels and GCSEs

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

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

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.

Other UK qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U

Pass with D3 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics

Scottish Highers

AAAAA including Mathematics


International options

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall, including HL 6 in Mathematics

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAAAB including A1 in Mathematics

European Baccalaureate

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

Country-specific information

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

Unistats for this course

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Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork

Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork