We focus on three core areas – pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics – and you have the flexibility to tailor the combination of these to suit your interests.
On this degree, you will select mostly mathematics modules in the later stages. These include:
- introduction to vector calculus
- methods for solving differential equations
- algebra and linear algebra
In Stage 4 you explore more advanced topics in detail, drawing on the research expertise of our staff.
You also complete a substantial research project on a topic that interests you.
BSc or MMath?
We offer our degrees at two levels:
- three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees
- four-year Master of Mathematics (MMath) or Master of Mathematics and Statistics (MMathStat) degrees
Our four-year degrees are more in-depth and include:
- advanced topics and a wider choice of modules
- a specialist study, tailored to your own interests, that develops your skills in research and communication
- more technical skills, for those who wish to enhance their employability or proceed to postgraduate study
Transfer between the two levels is possible up until the middle of Stage 3.
To qualify for Stages 3 and 4 of the MMath/MMathStat degree, you must normally have obtained at least an upper-second-class average mark in Stages 2 and 3.
Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2022-23.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
Flexible degree structure
All of our mathematics and statistics degrees follow a common core set of modules for the first two years, this means transfer between degree specialisms is possible.
There is also flexibility (mainly at Stage 1) to choose topics from other areas of the University, for example:
- a foreign language
- another science
Quality and ranking
- 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
- 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- Global Top 125 University - QS World University Rankings 2023
Our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). IMA accreditation means our degrees meet, in part, the educational requirements for the Chartered Mathematician (CMath) designation, with some additional study or experience required.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You'll take a set of core modules. These equip you with the key skills and knowledge that all mathematicians and statisticians need and the main areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, algebra, probability and statistics.
There is also flexibility to choose topics from other areas of the University, for example, accounting, music, a foreign language or another science.
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You'll take a common set of core modules. These equip you with the key skills and knowledge that all mathematicians and statisticians need and the main areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, algebra, probability and statistics.
You'll select from a wide range of optional modules, which are closely linked to the research expertise of our staff. This gives you freedom to specialise in areas of particular interest.
This year of advanced study draws heavily on our research expertise. A substantial research project accounts for a third of your time.
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
You'll be taught through:
- problem classes
- tutorials and drop-in sessions
- practical computer classes and computer-based assessments
- data collection and analysis
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
Throughout your degree, you'll develop a whole range of transferable skills, for example analytical, report writing and presentation skills.
You'll have the opportunity to take part in optional industrial and business projects and placements. These opportunities are very flexible. They are arranged throughout the academic year, during the summer period or through students taking a break from academic studies.
Projects with industry prepare you well for a career both outside and within academia, learning vital new skills and gaining new experiences.
In Stage 4 you'll work on an extended research project, developing and enhancing your research skills.
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We have a range of different sessions from lectures and problems classes to group meetings and computer labs, this stops uni work getting monotonous and boring.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas. Our overseas partner institutions include:
- Universiteit Leiden, in The Netherlands
- L-Universta ta' Malta, in Malta
- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in Barcelona
- Technisches Universitat Munchen, Munich
There are also lots of options in North America, Australia and Asia, including:
- Buffalo (New York State)
- McGill (Montreal)
- University of New South Wales (Sydney)
- Hong Kong
During your time studying abroad, you will select from a range of modules offered by your host university. Alongside taking some subject-relevant modules, you will be given greater flexibility to choose modules from different disciplines (eg Languages, Business)
If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.
A full year not for you? No problem - there are usually lots of short-term student mobility experiences to take part in. This includes field trips and student conferences.
Get career-ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can choose to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 3 and 4.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Work placement is not available if you're spending a year abroad. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
You'll join the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics based in the Herschel Building.
A state-of-the-art learning environment will support your studies and you'll have access to extensive IT facilities for teaching and self-study, including:
- computer-based exercises with instant review of model solutions
- problem-solving video tutorials
- recording system for video capture of lectures, which you can download and watch again to help with your revision
We also have a dedicated mathematics and statistics library and reading room.
To support you in your studies, all new students entering year 1 or year 2 will receive a tablet. You can download the online learning resources you'll need for your course (helping us to make our campus more sustainable).
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues. There is a transition officer specifically to help your transition from school/college to university life.
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 when starting university.
You'll also benefit from our:
- induction programme, including social events, to help you settle in quickly
- activities and events run by our student-run society, MathSoc
- homework classes to help with assignments
Join a network of successful graduates
Recent graduates have secured roles such as:
- information analyst
- actuarial analyst
Careers for mathematicians and statisticians
Mathematicians and statisticians have always been highly valued by employers for their analytical and problem-solving skills, and their ability to think logically and quantitatively.
You'll also develop key skills which are essential for the employment market such as communication, teamwork, planning, and organisation.
There are some careers for which a degree in mathematics is usually required, for example, teaching mathematics, statistical work, actuarial work, some research and development, and some areas of computing.
Mathematics graduates are also strong candidates in areas such as:
- management consultancy
- information technology
Industry too is always looking out for specialists with an interest in the applications of mathematics to engineering.
A degree in mathematics and statistics can also lead on to further study including PhD, MSc and PGCE courses.
Benefit from strong industry links
You'll also benefit from our well-established links with organisations within the industry. Through research or placements we work with companies such as:
- Northern Gas networks
- Office for National Statistics
- Centre for Life
- Met Office
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Drager Safety
- Enzen Global
- PTV Group
Make a difference
Follow in their footsteps
- Name: Emma
- Graduated: 2016
- Now working at: Hiscox Insurance
"It is great to be able to take the skills and knowledge I learnt at university and apply it to real-world applications."
We asked Emma to take a look back at her time at Newcastle and tell us how it has impacted her career as a catastrophe modeller.
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year at our on-campus and virtual open days.
You'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
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.Apply through UCAS
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