University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

Mathematics with Statistics

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Course summary

Overview Mathematics and statistics underpin processes that keep society functioning. Clinical trials analysing life-threatening illnesses, supermarkets managing their product buying and distribution, and insurance companies assessing their exposure to risks all use sophisticated statistical models. You'll build the analytical abilities you need to make sense of the vast amount of data available to organisations so they can make faster, smarter decisions. You'll discover how to apply mathematical models to the study of biology and infectious diseases, and model operational research solutions to areas such as planning, scheduling, forecasting and supply chain management. At the end of the course, you'll have taken the first steps towards becoming a Chartered Mathematician, and be set for a career in industries such as government research, finance, healthcare and marketing. Course highlights

  • Develop your knowledge of fundamental topics such as mathematical models, statistical theory and methods, operational research and quantitative supply chain management
  • Choose specialist modules that match your interests and career ambitions, such as mathematics for finance, astrophysics, cosmology, financial derivative pricing and decision modelling
  • Learn to use industry-standard mathematical, statistical and operational research software
  • Apply your skills on optional work placements in the community, such as assisting math teachers in local schools
  • Learn from renowned researchers such as Dr Jamie Foster, who's calculated the formula to the perfect cup of coffee by modelling the brewing process – an efficient solution that could reduce waste and make the process more sustainable
Accreditation This course is accredited by the Institution of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA). Careers and opportunities A degree in mathematics shows that you have the ability to think analytically and conveys an intellectual maturity that many employers look for when they hire staff. You'll graduate with the skills and understanding to work in many related areas, including:
  • mathematical modelling
  • marketing
  • manufacturing
  • government research
  • retail management
  • the police and armed services
Our graduates have worked for companies such as:
  • Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research
  • Eddie Stobart Logistics
  • Lloyds Banking
  • Babcock International Group
  • Tata Consultancy Services
Our graduates now work in roles including:
  • data scientist
  • trainee accountant
  • business analyst
  • teacher
  • medical statistician
Placement year (optional) Taking an optional placement year gives you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. You could work in a paid role in a professional organisation or set up your own business, giving you the chance to grow your professional network and enhance your CV. We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement. Previous students have taken placement roles such as:
  • logistics intern
  • data analyst
  • business intern
They've completed placements at organisations including:
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Rolls Royce
  • BMW

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Calculus I
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Foundations
  • Mathematical Models
  • Statistical Theory and Methods I
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Applications of Mathematics and Graduate Skills
  • Calculus II
  • Operational Research
  • Statistical Theory and Methods II
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Algebraic Structures and Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematics for Finance
  • Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Real and Complex Analysis
  • Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies
Placement year (optional) After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Previous students have been on placement with household names, including: IBM, L’Oréal, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Transport for London. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Quantitative Supply Chain Management
  • Statistical Learning
  • Statistics Methods in Health Research and Social Science
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Advanced Decision Modelling
  • Financial Derivative Pricing
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
  • Modern Astrophysics I
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Partial Differential Equations and Their Applications
  • Project
  • Projects in Mathematics
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Undergraduate Ambassador
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • written coursework
  • multiple-choice tests
  • presentations
  • mini projects
  • a major piece of supervised independent work
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
  • Year 1 students: 65% by written exams and 35% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 55% by written exams and 45% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 62% by written exams, 2% by practical exams and 36% by coursework

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Mathematics and its Applications, Institute of

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 | EU – £925 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £1,800. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to port.ac.uk/ug-tuition-fees
Mathematics with Statistics at University of Portsmouth - UCAS