1.1 About Mathematics & Statistics
These days all large organisations, industries, businesses, government departments and other services use mathematical and statistical methods extensively. Consequently, the demand for mathematical statisticians has expanded so rapidly in recent years that both within and outside the academic world there is a severe shortage of well-qualified people. The Mathematics and Statistics degrees are designed for those students who want to specialise in both pure Mathematics and Statistics. They are taught jointly by the departments of Mathematics and Statistics — who have been consistently graded very highly in the exercises to assess the quality of the University research. In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) exercise, the Warwick Statistics and the Warwick Mathematics Institute together were ranked 3rd in the UK with more than 90% of our research activity assessed as either internationally excellent or world leading. The degrees possess considerable flexibility and allow the student a wide choice of options in Computing, Operational Research and all the other fields available to Mathematics students.
The Mathematics and Statistics degrees are set out to provide three things: firstly, courses which will stimulate interest in mathematical concepts, with particular reference to the major application areas; secondly, to improve the quality and quantity of mathematically skilled people working, researching and teaching in these areas; thirdly, to satisfy the needs of those students who seek a continuous development of mathematics from school through university to postgraduate application. In common with other mathematical science degree courses at Warwick we aim to:
- Attract well-qualified students.
- Provide an intellectually stimulating environment.
- Help students develop key intellectual skills.
- Provide a challenging education in mathematics/statistics and their applications.
- Produce high quality graduates who are well prepared for the next step of their professional lives whether this involves further research training or moving directly into a career.
Specific aims of these degree courses are to provide:
- Modules based on mathematics and statistics suitable for students aiming for a career as a statistician.
- An integrated Masters degrees that enables students to study these areas more deeply.
Detailed objectives for each year are to be found in the relevant section.
Mathematics and Statistics graduates possess highly valuable skills that provide a wide choice of career opportunities. Students interested in the possibility of pursuing a career as an actuary should note that the Mathematics and Statistics degree is well received and can exempt them from a number of examinations (see Section 5.10).
The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) accredits the BSc and the Integrated Master’s in Mathematics and Statistics.
Details of the requirements for accreditation are available on the departmental web-page: https://warwick.ac.uk/rssaccreditation