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Mathematics with Statistics

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

112-128 points to include an A level in Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Mathematics based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52, to include a Principal Subject in Mathematics.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with Mathematics or Statistics at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


To include Higher Level Mathematics or Statistics.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics or Statistics.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics or Statistics.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics or Statistics.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics or Statistics.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

112-128 points to include A level Mathematics or Statistics.

112-128 Tariff points to include Advanced Level Mathematics or Statistics.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points to include an A level in Mathematics or Statistics, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Mathematics

Statistics

**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

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
- Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP)
- Mathematics for Finance
- Mechanics and Dynamics
- 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 methods

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Mathematics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
66%
Male students
34%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Statistics

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
68%
Male students
32%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,821
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

Mathematics and statistics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,821
low
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

The business and research sectors worry that the UK hasn't got enough people with good statistics skills, and as stats are at the heart of so much of the economy, and we only have a few hundred graduates a year in the discipline, this type of degree can be very useful and versatile. The finance industry is very popular with this group, and they're far more likely to be working in London than most other graduates. And who can blame them — statistics graduates starting work in London were earning an average of nearly £29k just six months after leaving university. There is also demand from the Scottish finance sector in Edinburgh and Glasgow - particularly in banking and insurance. But a good statistician can find work almost anywhere that data can be analysed - which, in an online world, is almost anywhere - and many industries struggle to find enough statisticians to fulfil demand, so stay flexible and you can find a variety of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Mathematical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£29k

£29k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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