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Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) - 2014 entry

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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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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.





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


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Edited 7 Nov 2013 - 12:08 by sbc502

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