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Mathematics and Statistics BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: GG13
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2023

Our professionally accredited three-year Mathematics and Statistics BSc Honours degree provides a firm foundation in the ideas and techniques of modern mathematics and statistics.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAB-A*BB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

All our degrees 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 modules evenly across both mathematics and statistics. These include:

  • complex variable
  • statistical inference
  • foundations of probability

You can also choose optional modules linked to the research expertise of our staff and learn about the latest developments in the discipline, such as advanced hydrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and Bayesian inference.

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.

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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, for example in response to Covid-19.

View our Academic experience 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, which gives details of circumstances that may lead to changes to programmes, modules or University services.

Additional 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:

  • accounting
  • music
  • a foreign language
  • another science

Quality and ranking

Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

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.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to Calculus 20
Introductory Algebra 20
Multivariable Calculus & Differential Equations 20
Introduction to Probability & R 20
Logic, Sets and Counting 10
Number Systems 10
Problem Solving with Python 10
Dynamics 10

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.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Complex Analysis 10
Algebra 10
Vector Spaces, Groups and Algorithms 20
Fluid Dynamics 10
Vector Calculus & Differential Equations, Transforms & Waves 20
Scientific Computation with Python 10
Introduction to Bayesian methods 10
Statistical Inference & Stochastic Modelling 20
Computational Probability and Statistics with R 10

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.

Your degree title will reflect your balance of mathematics and statistics taken in Stage 3.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Group Project 10
Optional Modules Credits
Foundations of group theory 10
Linear analysis 10
Matrix analysis 10
Topology 10
Number Theory and Cryptography 20
Graphs and symmetry 10
Representation theory 10
Curves and Surfaces 10
Quantum Mechanics 10
Advanced Fluid Dynamics 10
Relativity 10
Classical Fields 10
Instabilities 10
Variational Methods and Lagrangian Dynamics 10
Methods for Differential Equations & Partial Differential Equations & Non -Linear Waves 20
Mathematical Biology 10
Bayesian Inference 10
Stochastic Financial Modelling 10
Statistical Inference 10
Big Data Analytics 10
Discrete Stochastic Modelling 10
Survival Analysis 10
Linear & Generalised Linear Models 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll be taught through:

  • lectures
  • problem classes
  • tutorials and drop-in sessions
  • practical computer classes and computer-based assessments
  • data collection and analysis

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Examinations – practical or online

Skills and experience

Business skills

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.

Chat to a student

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.

Andrew, Mathematics student

Opportunities

Study abroad

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
  • Singapore

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.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply 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 2 and 3.

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. Your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year.  Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements.

Facilities and environment

Facilities

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.

The Herschel Building in Newcastle's city-centre campus

Support

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

Your future

Join a network of successful graduates

100% of our Mathematics and Statistics BSc Honours graduates were employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating, with an average salary of £25,813*.

Recent graduates have secured roles such as:

financial engineer
graduate data analyst
investment risk manager

*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

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
  • finance
  • accountancy
  • information technology
  • logistics
  • transportation

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:

  • Nissan
  • 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
  • USGS

Make a difference

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Careers support

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.

Visit our Careers Service website

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

Entry requirements and offers

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.

A-Level
International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language 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. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

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 2023 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students

£9250

International Fee Students

£22800

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.

Read more about fees and funding

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.

Read more about fees and funding

Scholarships

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.

Find out more about:

Scholarships

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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.

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