If you are interested in the workings of the human mind, mathematical skills can be invaluable in unlocking its secrets.
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
A Level: AAB-ABB
IB: 35-37 points
This degree provides a thorough understanding of mathematical methods that psychologists use to explain and predict human behaviour.
In Psychology you will explore why humans and animals think and behave as they do, with topics including cognitive psychology and abnormal psychiatry.
In Mathematics you will develop a thorough grounding in topics and techniques such as differential equations and probability.
You will deepen your understanding with advanced topics linked to the research interests of our staff, including forensic psychology, Bayesian statistics and statistical inference.
Highlights of this degree
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Mathematics and statistics at Newcastle achieved an impressive 95% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2015.
About Joint Honours in ScienceAbout Joint Honours in Science
This degree is part of the Joint Honours in Science programme. By studying two subjects, you develop a broad range of expertise and a set of skills that spans two specialist areas, equipping you for a range of careers.
Mastering two subjects together means you are well-prepared for the multidisciplinary challenges of the real world, developing the skills that employers value, such as:
- time management
You select from the same range of topics as Single Honours students and achieve the same high academic standard, but you cover fewer topics in each subject. The topics are closely linked to our research expertise, meaning you study at the cutting edge of the discipline.
You receive careers support in the form of a career development module personally tailored to your professional development. There's also excellent support on offer from the University’s award-winning Careers Service.
School of Mathematics and Statistics
You will spend time in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, based in the Herschel Building, which includes:
- a number of large lecture theatres
- recently refurbished computer cluster
- reading room for maths and stats students
Take a virtual tour on the School website.
School of Psychology
You will also spend considerable time in the School of Psychology, offering:
- purpose-built research building
- modern, practical facilities for carrying out experiments
- extensive computing facilities
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
Study at the cutting edge
Research-informed teaching plays an important role at Newcastle. It shapes the content of our undergraduate degrees and makes sure that you have the chance to cover the most up-to-date theories and discoveries in your subject.
You will be assessed by:
- assignments (many take place online)
- course work
Find out more
Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching & Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
You will also be part of the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, which is the administrative home of the Joint Honours in Science programme.
You will receive support from academic advisers from both of your subject areas and you'll also have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have. You'll also have student buddies to guide you through the early weeks.
The Mathematics and Statistics Society, MathSoc, and the Psychology Society, PsychoSoc, organise a range of social events.
Compare this course
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Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
Please be aware that programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.
- ACE1050 Developing skills through sustainable development
- MAS1041 Mathematical Methods A
- MAS1042 Mathematical Methods B
- MAS1141 Analytic Geometry and the Foundations of Differential Equations
- MAS1142 Modelling with Differential Equations
- MAS1341 Introduction to Probability
- MAS1342 Introduction to Statistics
- PSY1002 Developmental and Social Psychology
- PSY1004 Cognitive Psychology
- PSY1005 Sensation and Perception
- PSY1006 Instinct, Learning and Motivation
- PSY1008 Personality and Abnormal Psychology
- MAS2104 Introduction to Vector Calculus
- MAS2105 Methods of Solving Differential Equations
- MAS2241 Number Systems
- MAS2242 The Foundations of Analysis
- MAS2304 Foundations of Probability
- MAS2316 Introduction to Regression and Modelling
- PSY2001 Developmental Psychology
- PSY2002 Visual Perception
- PSY2003 Social Psychology
- PSY2004 Individual Differences
- PSY2014 Cognitive Neuroscience
- PSY2016 Abnormal Psychology and Psychiatry
You will take 100 credits of optional modules from the following list in consultation with their subject advisors:
- ACE3901 Joint Honours Project
- MAS3001 Mathematical Education
- MAS3103 Complex Variable
- MAS3106 Chaos: Theoretical and Numerical Methods
- MAS3111 Partial Differential Equations and Applications
- MAS3119 Differential Equations, Transform Methods & Fields
- MAS3213 Algebra
- MAS3214 Number Theory and Cryptography
- MAS3216 Enumeration and Combinatorics
- MAS3223 Linear Algebra
- MAS3224 The Foundations of Calculus
- MAS3302 Introduction to Statistical Inference
- MAS3317 Introduction to Bayesian Statistics
- MAS3320 Statistical Modelling
- MAS3321 Bayesian Inference
- MAS3322 Applied Probability
- MAS3324 Stochastic Financial
- NCL3007 Career Development for final year students
- PSY3001 Evolution and Behaviour
- PSY3002 Evolutionary Psychology
- PSY3006 Consumer Psychology
- PSY3013 Eating Disorders: Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment
- PSY3016 Sex and Human Nature
- PSY3018 The Damaged Brain: Case Studies in Neuropsychology
- PSY3020 Face Perception
- PSY3026 Psychology of Religion
- PSY3028 Work Psychology
- PSY3030 Foundations in Forensic Psychology
Please note: This degree is not accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
A LevelsA Levels
AAB-ABB including grade A in Mathematics and excluding General Studies.
Scottish QualificationsScottish Qualifications
AB at Advanced Higher Grade including grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics.
Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.
International BaccalaureateInternational Baccalaureate
A minimum of 35-37 points with Mathematics grade 6 or above at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving CertificateIrish Leaving Certificate
A1A1A1B1B-AABBB at Higher Level, to include grade A in Mathematics.
Access QualificationsAccess Qualifications
30 level 3 credits at Distinction including 15 level 3 credits in mathematics, and 15 level 3 credits at Merit. A Newcastle University Mathematics and Statistics pre-entry course may also be required.
Cambridge Pre-UCambridge Pre-U
D3,D3,M2-D3,M2,M2 in Principal Subjects including grade D3 in Mathematics.
PARTNERS - A LevelsPARTNERS - A Levels
BBB including Mathematics.
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from identified schools and colleges. Find out more about the PARTNERS Programme.
Foundation YearFoundation Year
If you have shown that you have the ability but do not possess the necessary qualifications for direct entry into Stage 1, you may consider taking a foundation year:
This will provide you with the knowledge you need to progress to one of our three-year Mathematics and Statistics degrees.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
International Foundation ProgrammesInternational Foundation Programmes
If you are an international student and you do not meet the academic and English language requirements specified above, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Newcastle University, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree course. INTO Newcastle University is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Newcastle University Admissions Policy for 2016 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Mathematics and Psychology careers
In our experience many employers look favourably on students who can demonstrate their abilities in more than one field. Newcastle graduates will have acquired the ability to research, evaluate and communicate information, alongside developing specialist subject knowledge, practical and technical skills.
This provides graduates with a range of educational and career opportunities, especially if the skills you have developed during your degree have been further enhanced by work experience.
Depending on subject combinations, Joint Honours in Science graduates have very broad career options. In the past, our graduates have entered careers in the business and financial sectors or specialised further in their area of expertise such as accountancy and psychology. Graduates who wish to pursue a career in teaching will find that they are suitably qualified to study for a PGCE in either discipline. Those graduates who enter employment outside their discipline find a flexible degree of this nature is highly valued in professions such as management, commerce and the civil service.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2013/14.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94.1% of our 2014 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
More than three quarters (77%) of our graduates who entered employment achieved a graduate-level position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
£9,000 per year
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Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year in line with inflation and subject to government regulations.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£13,315 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information relating to all aspects of student finance at Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
You may be eligible for an International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship (IUMS) or an International Family Discount (IFD).
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
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