Teaching amounts to approximately 16 hours of lectures and classes per week. Modules that involve programming or working with computer software packages usually include practical sessions.
The majority of Stage 1 modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations. Many Stage 2 and 3 modules include coursework which normally counts for 20% of the final assessment. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree result.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the core principles of calculus, algebra, mathematical methods, discrete mathematics, analysis and linear algebra
- statistics in the areas of probability and inference
- information technology as relevant to mathematicians
- methods and techniques of mathematics and statistics
- the role of logical mathematical argument and deductive reasoning.
You develop your intellectual skills in the following areas:
- the ability to demonstrate a reasonable understanding of mathematics and statistics
- the calculation and manipulation of the material within the programme
- the ability to apply a range of concepts and principles in various contexts
- the ability to use logical argument
- the ability to solve mathematical and statistical problems by various methods
- the relevant computer skills
- the ability to work independently.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:
- the ability to demonstrate knowledge of key mathematical and statistical concepts and topics, both explicitly and by applying them to the solution of problems
- the ability to comprehend problems, abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in symbolic form so as to facilitate their analysis and solution
- the use of computational and more general IT facilities as an aid to mathematical and statistical processes
- the presentation of mathematical and statistical arguments and conclusions with clarity and accuracy.
You gain transferable skills in the following areas:
- problem-solving skills relating to qualitative and quantitative information
- communication skills
- numeracy and computational skills
- information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including through online computer searches
- information technology skills such as word-processing, spreadsheet use and internet communication
- time-management and organisational skills, as shown by the ability to plan and implement effective modes of working
- study skills needed for continuing professional development.
The programme aims to:
- equip students with the technical appreciation, skills and knowledge appropriate to a degree in mathematics and statistics
- develop students’ facilities of rigorous reasoning and precise expression
- develop students’ abilities to formulate and solve mathematical problems
- encourage an appreciation of recent developments in mathematics and statistics and of the links between theory and practical applications
- provide students with a logical, mathematical approach to solving problems
- provide students with an enhanced capacity for independent thought and work
- ensure students are competent in the use of information technology and are familiar with computers and the relevant software
- provide students with opportunities to study advanced topics in mathematics, and statistics engage in research at some level, and develop communication and personal skills
- provide successful students with eligibility for certain exemptions from examinations of the Royal Statistical Society
- enable those students who are taking a year in industry to gain awareness of the application of technical concepts in the workplace.