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Mathematics and Statistics

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About this course

Entry year:
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Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years sandwich; three years full-time.
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Deirdre Toher
Key fact:
This course has a strong vocational focus. Sharing the first two years with our mathematics degree, you will be able to choose to transfer in your third year if you decide to specialise.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics?

This intellectually stimulating course covers the major areas of mathematics and statistics. The course will equip you with a wide range of analytical, investigative, communication and specialised skills. It cultivates general IT proficiency in areas such as programming and helps develop problem solving, also fostering a good work ethic and professional working habits. 

The digital economy has led to an increased demand for qualified mathematicians and statisticians in analytics, across a growing range of industries, supporting innovation in science, engineering, economics and decision-making.

Why study our course?

You will be taught by a team of enthusiastic lecturers with a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. We have a carefully designed course informed by our industrial partners and accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

You will develop a strong foundation in advanced mathematical and statistical methods. You will apply these to real world problems informed by our own research and consultancies in a wide range of applications, such as medical trials, finance and engineering. You will also study the mathematical theory and statistical reasoning needed to gain a deeper and more confident understanding of the mathematical sciences.

We have been ranked 21st nationally for Mathematics in The Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Real world experience

You will learn how to process and interpret data, using industry-standard mathematical and statistical software in our well-equipped computer labs. You will gain real world experience by working on practical problems carefully designed to develop and showcase your skills. To inform your career choices and industry knowledge, we arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals. We have excellent links with industry and business and this provides opportunities to undertake work placements related to the mathematical sciences.

Where it can take you

Our graduates are in demand because they possess a highly desirable skill set for successful graduate employment in a broad range of careers. Careers are wide-ranging and include areas such as big data analytics, research, finance, banking, health sciences, the civil service, operational research, teaching and statistical research. Some students continue with postgraduate study in Mathematical Sciences.

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Calculus and Numerical Methods
  • Sets, Functions and Linear Algebra
  • Statistical Reasoning
  • Modelling and Optimisation.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Algebra, Combinatorics and Graphs
  • Operational Research.

Optional Placement Year

You will have the opportunity to choose to take an industrial placement year.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Statistical Research Methods
  • Multivariate Statistical Modelling.

If you have not undertaken an industrial placement year, you will also study the module:

  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project A.

If you have completed an industrial placement year, you will also study the module:

  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project B.

In additon, you will choose from a selection of optional modules from the list below, according to credit requirements:

  • Dynamical Systems
  • Decision Modelling
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Applied Algebra and Geometry
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Fluid Dynamics.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

This takes place through lectures, workshops and tutorials. You will also have access to the Faculty's dedicated Mathematics and Statistics Learning Centre, where computer-aided learning and tuition support is provided. You will use the specialist Statistical software packages provided in the Faculty's computer laboratories.

Our mathematics and statistics lecturers receive high praise for their approachability, friendliness and enthusiasm for the subject and have scored highly in the National Student Survey. Our espressoMaths workshops offer support and advice to students studying mathematics on a one on one basis.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

"I am very pleased with the quality of my course at UWE, and I feel that the quality of teaching has been outstanding." Mark Graham, BSc Mathematics


Assessment methods, which vary for each module, are designed to develop problem solving and communication skills, as well as statistical ability, and may include presentations and group projects.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

On graduation, you will meet the educational requirements to become a Chartered Statistician and/or Chartered Mathematician, subject to completing additional training and work experience as required by the respective organisations.


Students who undertake a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. This means that, as well as helping you hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you more employable on graduation.

There are a wide range of statistics-focused placements available. Regional organisations, including the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Lloyds Bank, often provide work placements for our students. As well as helping you apply the subject in industry, you will develop vital skills, analysing large datasets and learning about new software or techniques.

Study facilities

You will apply mathematical techniques and analyse statistical data in our modern facilities in a variety of different ways, including:

  • conducting teamwork or private study in our Mathematics Resource Centre, which provides dedicated space for Mathematics and Statistics students
  • testing theories and analysing data, using industry-standard statistical software in our large computer labs
  • discussing subject and course related issues and ideas with students and staff at weekly MathsArcade sessions.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

We arrange regular talks from visiting professionals. These provide industry insights and careers advice to help you generate ideas on where your degree could take you.

Showcase your work

Our final year students regularly showcase their ideas at UWE Bristol's annual faculty degree show. We invite local businesses and media, along with the public, providing an opportunity for students to discuss their work and meet potential employers.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you can choose from a wide range of careers, including:

  • planning and other public sector services
  • financial services
  • management
  • teaching (if you want to teach secondary school Mathematics, this degree is a good foundation for a postgraduate teaching qualification)
  • scientific research in fields such as computing, medicine, ecology and meteorology
  • further research in mathematics.

Past students have gone into careers as biostatisticians, medical statisticians, trainee managers and technical analysts.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

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Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in Mathematics. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Mathematics requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: GCSE Maths at Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading. BTEC Diploma must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Maths for Technicians; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment. Please list the units you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which units you need to do) and 15 Level 3 credits at merit in another subject. Please list in your application the units you are taking.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 6 in higher level Mathematics.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

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