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Mathematics and Statistics (BSc)

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GG13AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics (See full entry requirements)3 years full-time
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Mathematics and statistics are both amazingly interesting and important subjects with many applications in the modern world. A degree in mathematics and statistics is one of the most sought-after qualifications as it can lead to a wide variety of career choices.

York offers:

  • Wide variety of modules
  • Emphasis on small-group teaching
  • Final year project which encourages individual creativity

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Graduates with at least a 2nd class honours degree are entitled on application to award of the Society's qualification of Graduate Statistician, and with a suitable period of approved professional training and experience may proceed to the full professional status of Chartered Statistician.

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This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences as those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.



Why study Maths and Statistics?

Wherever data is collected, there is a role for statisticians and a well-trained statistician can help advance society's knowledge and welfare. By studying Mathematics and Statistics together, you gain a rigorous statistical background on a solid mathematical base. Employment opportunities for such graduates are numerous and varied.

Why study at York?

"...students at York are genuinely interested in mathematics and are inspired by challenging mathematical problems. York is an ideal place to train as a statistician with a solid mathematical background."
- Prof. Qi-Wei Yao (London School of Economics), External Examiner

At York we place particular emphasis on small group teaching and a friendly atmosphere. Our comprehensive tutorial system gives extensive support to first year students.

In your final year, you spend one third of your time producing a substantial project in an area of your choice. This encourages individual creativity and is taught and supervised by enthusiastic lecturers involved in the latest developments of their subject. 

Transferable skills are developed during the entire degree programme, from the first year tutorials all the way through to the final year project, supported by supervisory meetings. Tutorials encourage logical and analytical thinking, and help develop your ability to read books and papers critically, and to write clearly and concisely. The final year project training sessions promote skills such as report writing and designing posters. All of these skills are in great demand by employers.

Course content

First Year

You take two 30 credit modules that run during the entire teaching year:

In addition, in the Autumn Term you take

And in the Spring/Summer terms you take

Altogether you obtain a total of 120 credits in Mathematics. These modules are designed to give you a firm foundation across all areas of mathematics, and provide a platform for specialisation later in the degree.

Second Year

In the Autumn Term you take:

In the Spring/Summer Terms you take:

In addition you choose 30 credits of optional modules from

Up to 20 credits of the optional modules in Spring/Summer terms may be replaced with elective modules from other Departments. Altogether you obtain 120 credits.

Third Year

The main focus of your final year is your individual project (BA/BSc final-year project MAT00004H (40 credits)), which makes up one third of your final year.

You also take the following compulsory modules:

In the Autumn Term:

In the Spring Term: 

In addition, you choose 40 credits from the remaining third year modules.

Up to 20 credits of optional modules may be replaced with elective modules from other Departments. Altogether you obtain 120 credits.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct;
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work;
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts;
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.



For most modules, lectures are the main mode of teaching. In the first year there may be around 200 students in a lecture. The crucial factor in any university programme is the small group teaching in support of these.

In your first year, your meet your supervisor once a week for a small group tutorial, where there are between 8 and 10 students. In these sessions you discuss the core modules – usually this means reviewing any lecture material that is puzzling, discussing solutions to assignments, and developing your skills in understanding, creating and presenting mathematical arguments. In addition, the tutorials are used to teach transferable skills, increasing your employability on graduation.

Non-core modules are supported by additional weekly small classes known as seminars, which typically have around 15 – 20 students.

Seminars continue through the second year, while in third year the lecture programmes are mostly in smaller groups and each has a weekly seminar or problem class.

Some modules have practical computer classes.

All modules have extensive material provided on Moodle, our VLE. This may include lecture notes, solutions to assignments, past exam papers, and links to further reading. In addition, each module has its own discussion forum, allowing students to ask questions about the module content.

Around 20% of your time will be spent in scheduled teaching. University maths is full of new concepts and requires more time spent assimilating these - more 'thinking time' - than school maths. Therefore an important part of studying mathematics is independent study and practising problem sheets. Of course, if you have any difficulties, lecturers are always available for informal consultation, and we maintain an atmosphere of approachability amongst our staff.



The majority of the first two years are assessed by examinations, complemented by weekly or fortnightly homework so that you and the lecturers can assess your progress as you proceed through each module. This allows you to practise the maths and gain valuable feedback before the formal assessment takes place. In the 3rd year you undertake an individual project, which is assessed as a mixture of final report, poster presentation and short written assignments. The project accounts for a third of your final year, with the rest being mostly assessed by examination.

What kind of feedback will I get?

Lecturers provide feedback in a variety of forms, according to the needs of the specific module. It may consist of written feedback on work that you have handed in, in-class discussion of common problems on a particular assignment, model answers, or online responses to questions posted on the module discussion board.

Adjustments for students with disabilities

We do our best to accommodate reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities wherever possible. This may include extra time, rest breaks, or provision of a transcriber, amongst other things. These adjustments would be preceded by a formal assessment of needs.  Further information can be found on the Disability Services website.



Mathematics and Statistics graduates are in great demand by a wide range of employers, who value the skills developed over the course of the degree. The ability to communicate and solve complex problems and critically analyse information in a logical way are all skills much sought after from organisations in both the public and private sectors. The range of careers includes:

  • Medical statistics (e.g. the effect of aspirin on the incidence of heart diseases)
  • Environment (e.g. aerosol sprays damage the ozone layer, estimating probabilities of floods at York and required level of defences)
  • Biology (e.g. monitoring species' evolution)
  • Astronomy (e.g. formulae for distributions that can help us discover new galaxies)
  • Physics (e.g. quantum theories)
  • Engineering (e.g. how to filter the signal from the noise in radios)
  • Psychology (e.g. measuring and analyzing factors that influence individuals' behaviour)
  • Economics (e.g. what can we do to reduce unemployment and increase incomes?)
  • Actuarial work (e.g. how are your insurance premiums calculated?)
  • Finance (e.g. uncovering the systematic tendencies in stock markets)
  • Law (e.g. DNA matching)
  • Politics (e.g. opinion polls)

Six months after graduation, 91% of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study. More information can be found at the University's careers pages where you can also see profiles of recent Maths graduates



All applications must be made through UCAS. Applicants not offering any form of Further Maths may be invited to an interview. All applicants who are offered a place will be invited to a visit day between November and April. Here you will have an opportunity to meet our staff and students, including a one-to-one conversation with a member of academic staff. This is an ideal opportunity to visit the campus, find out more information about studying mathematics, and ask any questions you may have. If you are interested in visiting York before applying, the University runs a number of Open Days throughout the year.

A-level requirements

  • AAB in three A-levels including A in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics, or
  • AAA in three A-levels including Mathematics plus A in Further Mathematics AS-level.

The department accepts all (including vocational) A-level subjects, with the exception of Modern Foreign Languages taken by native speakers. 

Applicants not offering any form of Further Maths may be invited to an interview.

Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U: Pass with D3 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate: 36 points overall, including HL6 in Mathematics

Scottish Highers: AAAAA including Mathematics 

Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAB including A1 in Mathematics

European Baccalaureate: 85% average overall, including 85% in Mathematics

English Language Qualifications

Our language requirements for overseas applicants can be found here.

Mature students

We welcome applications from suitably qualified 'mature' applicants (those aged 21 or over). Mathematics is not an easy subject to take up later in life, but it can be a rewarding one. However, if you want to read mathematics at York, then you will need to have studied mathematics at A-level or equivalent standard in the fairly recent past, because the first year courses all start from the presumption that you have this knowledge. This does not mean that we will necessarily insist on any particular formal qualifications as long as we are convinced that you are in a position to benefit from the course here. We normally interview all mature applicants before making a formal offer.

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