School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Statistics

This course offers you an opportunity to combine your passion for mathematics with the latest statistical modelling and data analysis methods with many real-world applications. You will explore topics from familiar areas such as calculus, algebra and probability in a new and inspiring way,and extend your knowledge into more advanced topics such as statistical modelling and computer simulations, with applications in medicine and finance.

You will become a creative and analytical problem solver, able to discuss technical results with non-specialists. These are skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Mathematical sciences degrees

This is one of the suite of mathematics undergraduate degrees that we offer. You can find out more about the various options at the link below.

Which mathematics degree is right for me?

Opportunities available...

  • A scholarship scheme is available: for more information, see the 'Fees, costs and funding' section, below.
  • Excellence schemes: we may make you a personalised offer if you are a strong candidate – visit our webpage for details.

Supporting you to succeed

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Why Plymouth is an exciting place to study mathematics
Discover what its like to study mathematics at Plymouth and how it can provide a firm basis for a successful career.

<p>Elizabeth Goult - BSc (Hons) Mathematics </p>

Develop your skills, knowledge and confidence with a work placement
"Applying the technical skills learnt in my degree to real problems has been invaluable"

Develop your passion
Through her dissertation Emily discovered a passion for research which led to a prestigious health research pre doctoral fellowship.

Careers with this subject

Enjoy exceptionally good career prospects. 

Graduates of this course have an excellent employability track record, securing roles as data analysts, statisticians, actuaries, software developers or scientific researchers. 

Examples of recent employers include the NHS, the Oxford Clinical Trials Unit, the Institute of Cancer Research, the Met Office and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.

Discover what you can do with a mathematics degree.

Key features

  • Learn with excellent research-active lecturers, who design clinical trials, collaborate with national and international health organisations, and provide consultancy to environmental organisations, medical practitioners and financial institutions.
  • Experience hands-on learning by working on real-life case studies provided by established companies including Babcock, BT and Plymouth Community Homes.
  • Gain high-level programming skills and become proficient in using state-of-the-art mathematical and statistical software including Python, R and Stan.
  • Benefit from being part of the close-knit, collaborative and supportive family that is Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth. This includes small group tutorials, study space next to staff offices, our lecturers’ open-door policy, student-led learning sessions and the Maths Society.
  • Enjoy new facilities – state of the art lecture theatres, computer laboratories, study and social spaces – in our £50 million teaching and research building opening in 2023.
  • Core modules are shared with BSc Mathematics, allowing the flexibility of easy transfer to our other mathematics degrees.
  • Meet the mathematics and statistics of sustainability and climate change in our Mathematics of Planet Earth module.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Learn the underlying mathematics that underpins the rest of your degree and master coding in the industrial software Python, right from the start. You’ll begin by building on the mathematical skills and topics you learnt at school, studying six core modules including calculus, linear algebra, numerical methods, pure mathematics, and probability. We’ve structured the curriculum so that all of our students acquire a common mathematical expertise, so you’ll also have the flexibility to move between courses as you progress.

    Core modules:

    • Mathematical Reasoning
    • Calculus
    • Linear Algebra
    • Analysis and Group Theory
    • Probability
    • Numerical Methods
    • Stage 1 mathematics placement preparation

  • Year 2

  • Study core topics including statistics and statistical modelling, advanced calculus, analysis and ordinary differential equations. You will also have a case study-based introduction to operational research and Monte Carlo techniques.

    Core modules:

    • Advanced Calculus
    • Statistical Inference and Regression
    • Algebra and Transforms
    • Differential Equations
    • Operational Research
    • Complex Analysis and Vector Calculus
    • Stage 2 mathematics placement preparation.

  • Optional placement year

  • Take an optional but highly recommended paid placement year. Your placement will provide valuable professional experience, enhancing your employability and making your CV really stand out. Previous placement with world renowned companies have included the Fujitsu, GlaxoSmithKline, Vauxhall Motors, Liberty Living, Eli Lilly and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

  • Final year

  • Choose between several different project modules in mathematics, statistics or both, or opt to gain experience of teaching in a school. You will meet a wide range of statistical techniques, including medical and Bayesian statistics. You can also study a broad set of mathematical topics from partial differential equations to optimisation. After graduating, you’ll have the skills and experience needed to begin your career, or to take a research degree – often including funded places on MSc's in medical and financial statistics.

    Core modules:

    • Statistical Data Modelling
    • Financial Statistics
    • Medical Statistics
    • Project or placement

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Mathematics with Statistics Programme Specification 7473

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

112 - 128

A level
112-128 points, to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including B in Mathematics or Further Mathematics. (Pure Maths, Pure and Applied Maths, Maths and Statistics, Maths and Mechanics are also accepted as they are considered the same as the Maths A Level). Excluding General Studies.

We do not run an unconditional offer scheme but may make personalised, lower offers to selected candidates.

BTEC
18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DDM to include a distinction in a mathematics unit: individual interview/diagnostic test will be required.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. This information enables us to process your application quickly and avoid delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access
Pass Access to HE Diploma (e.g mathematics, science, combined) with at least 33 credits at merit and/or distinction and to include at least 12 credits in mathematics units with merit. Individual interview/diagnostic test will be required please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk for further information.

International Baccalaureate
30 overall to include 5 at Higher Level mathematics.

Other qualifications are also welcome and will be considered individually, as will be individuals returning to education, email maths@plymouth.ac.uk

Students may also apply for the BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Foundation Year. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees automatic progression to the first year of any of our mathematics courses.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2022-2023 2023-2024
Home N/A £9,250
International N/A £16,300
Part time (Home) N/A £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. More information about fees and funding.

Scholarships for outstanding School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics applicants


The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics Scholarship Scheme recognises and rewards the achievements of high achieving entrants to our undergraduate degree programmes. Scholarships of £1,000 will be automatically awarded to the best 12 new entrants from across our four disciplines - Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Navigation. Selection will be based upon entry qualifications and strength of application. Awards will be made during first year of study.

There are additional subject specific prizes and awards to reward outstanding achievement in later stages of study.

Undergraduate scholarships for international students

To reward outstanding achievement the University of Plymouth offers scholarship schemes to help towards funding your studies.

Find out whether you are eligible and how you can apply

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Additional fieldwork and equipment costs.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Progression routes

International progression routes

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offers foundation, first-year and pre-masters programmes that lead to University of Plymouth degrees. Courses are specially designed for EU and international students who are missing the grades for direct entry to the University, and include full duration visa sponsorship. You can start in January, May or September, benefitting from small class sizes, top-quality tuition and 24/7 student support.


Find out more at plymouth.ac.uk/upic or contact our team at info@upic.plymouth.ac.uk

  • 6 In the 2022 National Student Survey, 100% of our final year students said that ‘Staff are good at explaining things’.*
  • r Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and by the Royal Statistical Society

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Current student - Megan Summers

"I have just finished my second year studying BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics. The mathematics studied at Plymouth covers a wide range of topics from computer programming to statistical modelling. The course so far has been challenging, enjoyable and interesting. The range of teaching techniques used, such as lectures, tutorials and computer lab sessions, keeps the course interesting and interactive. The lecturers and staff provide great support if you need further help inside and outside of the timetabled sessions. As one of my final year modules, I have chosen to do a summer placement. This has allowed me to apply the maths I have learnt to real life at the same time as improving my employability skills."

<p>Megan Summers Maths and Stats quote</p>

People

  • Head of School and substantive Professor of Mathematics
  • Associate Head of School for Mathematics
    Associate Head of School - Outreach and Admissions, Admissions Tutor
  • Lecturer in Pure Mathematics
    Admissions Tutor
  • Associate Professor in Mathematics
    Associate Head of School for Mathematical Sciences, Pure Mathematician
  • Deputy Head of School
    Teaching and Learning, Statistician, Senior Fellow of the HE Academy
  • Lecturer in Statistics
    Mathematical Sciences Employability Lead
  • Lecturer in Mathematics
    Programme Manager, Applied Mathematician
  • Lecturer in Mathematics Education
    Mathematics Education Lead
  • Associate Professor of Statistics
    Royal Statistical Society South West Local Group Secretary
  • Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics
    Final Year Tutor, Otto Hahn Medal winner
  • Visiting Professor
    High Performance Computing Lead, Associate Member CERN theory group
  • Professor in Theoretical Physics
    First Year Tutor, Professor of Theoretical Physics
  • Associate Professor of Data Science and Statistics
    MSc Programme Manager, Data Analytics
  • Lecturer in Statistics
    Financial Statistics lecturer
  • Lecturer in Theoretical Physics
    Member HPQCD collaboration
  • Associate Professor in Mathematics and Statistics
    Royal Statistical Society South West Chair, Senior Fellow of the HE Academy
  • Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences
    Applied Mathematician
  • Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
    Foundation Year Programme Manager, Lead of the Plymouth GPU Research Centre
  • Associate Professor in Theoretical Physics
    Theoretical Physicist, Member User Forum of the UK Central Laser Facility
  • Lecturer in Theoretical Physics
    High Performance Computing Unit Director, Associate Member CERN theory group
  • Visiting Researcher
    Applied Mathematician
  • Visiting Researcher
    Emeritus Professor

*These are the latest results from the National Student Survey. Please note that the data published on Discover Uni is updated annually in September.