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UCAS Code
GG13
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

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
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TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA).

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Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Statistics degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include an A level in Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Facilities and specialist software

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Maths Café

No problem is too small or too tough for our Maths Café tutors, who are on hand every day during term-time to help you if you get stuck or need something explained.

Learn more about the Maths Café

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High Performance Computing Laboratory

Our most powerful hardware for working with big data. Fitted with a Hadoop Cluster with 12 nodes, 144 virtual cores and 384GB RAM for completing process heavy tasks.

Learn more

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Specialist mathematics software

Use advanced mathematical and statistical software such as Mathematica and MATLAB for high-level simulations of complex dynamical processes. You'll also get exclusive access to industry-standard statistical and operational research software (R and SPSS), IBM and Microsoft software (Azure Dev Tools for Teaching) and VMware.

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.

The demand for mathematics graduates is increasing too. The Council for the Mathematical Sciences predicts more than 7 million people in the UK will need mathematical science skills in 2030 – an increase of 900,000 compared to 2009. The statistics skills you develop will also be in demand – the UK Government has listed statisticians working in bio-informatics and informatics on their 'skills shortage list'.

 

74% of employers said advanced statistic skills are very or somewhat important to their company.

Gov UK

Quantifying the UK Data Skills Gap - Full report (18 May 2021)

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

Graduate destinations

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

What jobs can you do with a mathematics with statistics degree?

Our graduates now work in roles including:

  • data scientist
  • trainee accountant
  • business analyst
  • teacher
  • medical statistician

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level and set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

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 (our students earn an average salary of £19,000 during their placements) 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.

Potential roles

Previous students have taken placement roles such as:

  • logistics intern
  • data analyst
  • business intern

Potential destinations

They've completed placements at organisations including:

  • Office for National Statistics
  • Rolls Royce
  • BMW

Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme

In year 3, you can do a 5-day (or 10 half-day) placement in a local school or college, acting as a role-model for Primary to A Level students interested in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Develop your confidence in communicating your knowledge of mathematics and your understanding of teaching methods and adapting to individual student needs.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Statistics degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Calculus I – 20 credits
  • Computational Mathematics – 20 credits
  • Linear Algebra – 20 credits
  • Math Tutorial Level 4 – 0 credits
  • Mathematical Foundations – 20 credits
  • Mathematical Models – 20 credits
  • Statistical Theory and Methods I – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applications of Mathematics and Graduate Skills – 20 credits
  • Calculus II – 20 credits
  • Operational Research – 20 credits
  • Statistical Theory & Methods II – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Algebraic Structures & Discrete Mathematics – 20 credits
  • Mathematics for Finance – 20 credits
  • Mechanics and Dynamics – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
  • Numerical Analysis – 20 credits
  • Real and Complex Analysis – 20 credits
  • Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies – 20 credits

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.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Quantitative Supply Chain Management – 20 credits
  • Statistical Learning – 20 credits
  • Statistics Methods in Health Research & Social Science – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Abstract Algebra – 20 credits
  • Advanced Decision Modelling – 20 credits
  • Financial Derivative Pricing – 20 credits
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology – 20 credits
  • Modern Astrophysics 1 – 20 credits
  • Nonlinear Dynamics – 20 credits
  • Partial Differential Equations and Their Applications – 20 credits
  • Project – 20 credits
  • Projects in Mathematics – 20 credits
  • Stochastic Processes – 20 credits
  • Undergraduate Ambassador – 20 credits

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.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratory and project work
  • independent study

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

How you're assessed

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 will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • 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

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £17,000 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying and memory sticks.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – GG13
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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