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Year 3 BSc MathStat Course Regulations

In This Section:

Year 1 MathStat
Year 2 MathStat
Year 3 BSc MathStat
Year 3 MMathStat
Year 4 MMathStat

Handbook Index

Handbook Contents

1 General Information
2 Course Regulations and Progression
3 Module Selection and Course Transfers
4 Teaching, Learning and Study
5 Examinations and Assessment
6 Pastoral Care and Support
7 Student Voice
8 Careers and Personal Development
9 University Information

2.5 Year 3 BSc Mathematics & Statistics Course Regulations

Loading / Requirements

The minimum and normal load is 120 CATS.

The maximum load is 150 CATS.

Students must select at least 60 CATS from List A.

Students must take, in their third year, at least 90 CATS of level 3+ modules (NB: Level 3 should be interpreted as: xx3xx)

It is not permitted to;

  • take more than 30 CATS of unusual options
  • take more than one of IB133 and ST335. Students will be de-registered from ST335 if IB133 was taken in a previous year.
  • take more than one of IB211 and IB320.
  • take more than one of MA222 and MA260.
  • take more than one of ST339, EC333 and IB253
  • take more than one of ST339 and IB254
  • take more than one of EC334 and IB254
  • take more than one of ST342 and MA359

Other module restrictions may also apply as specified in module information pages.

Any modules not listed (including foreign languages) are classed as Unusual Options and permission to take these modules must be obtained with a completed Unusual Option form submitted to the support office by the specified deadline. Unusual options do not count, under any circumstances, towards required CATS described in the course regulations for Core Modules, Optional Modules or letter Lists (e.g. List A, List B etc.). Further information about Unusual Options and deadlines can be found in section 3.4 of the handbook.

List A

Listed modules are subject to change from year to year and some modules may be subject to availability / module pre-registration.

Code Name CATS Term
ST301 Bayesian Statistics and Decision Theory 15 1
ST305 Designed Experiments 15 2
ST313 Third Year Essay / Project (suspended in 20/21) 15  
ST318 Probability Theory 15 2
ST323 Multivariate Statistics 15 1
ST329 Topics in Statistics (suspended in 20/21) 15 2
ST332 Medical Statistics 15 2
ST333 Applied Stochastic Processes 15 1
ST337 Bayesian Forecasting and Intervention 15 2
ST339 Introduction to Mathematical Finance 15 1
ST340 Programming for Data Science 15 2
ST341 Statistical Genetics 15 2
ST342 Mathematics of Random Events 15 1
ST343 Topics in Data Science 15 2
ST344 Professional Practice of Data Analysis 15 1
ST346 Generalized Linear Models for Regression and Classification 15 1

The teaching term shown is for information only and does not form part of the official course regulations. Variations observed on the module pages and / or university timetable should be considered to be a more definitive source of information.

List B

Listed modules are subject to change from year to year and some modules may be subject to availability / module pre-registration.

Code Name CATS Term
CS301 Complexity of Algorithms 15 1
CS331 Neural Computing 15 2
CS342 Machine Learning 15 1
CS356 Approximation and Randomised Algorithms 15 2
EC301 Mathematical Economics 2: Dynamics, Uncertainty , Asymmetrical Information 15 2
EC306 Econometrics 2: Time Series 15 2
EC307 Macroeconomic Policy in the EU 15 2
EC312 International Economics 15 1
EC314 Topics in Economic Theory 15 2
EC331 Research in Applied Economics 30 1, 2
EC333 Topics in Financial Economics: Theories and International Finance 15 1
EC334 Topics in Financial Economics: Corporate Finance and Markets 15 2
EC338 Econometrics 2: Microeconometrics 15 1
EC341 Mathematical Economics 2: Mechanism Design and Alternative Games 15 1
IB253 Principles of Finance 1 15 1
IB254 Principles of Finance 2 15 2
IB320 Simulation 15 2
IB349 Operational Research for Strategic Planning 15 1
IB352 Applied Optimisation Methods 15 2
IB3A7 The Practice of Operational Research 15 2
IB3J2 Decision Making Under Uncertainty 15 1
IB3J3 Mathematical Game Theory 15 1
IB3K2 Financial Optimisation 15 2
IE3E1 Introduction to Secondary School Teaching 24 2
MA241 Combinatorics 12 1
MA243 Geometry 12 1
MA249 Algebra II: Groups and Rings 12 2
MA250 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations 12 2
MA251 Algebra I: Advanced Linear Algebra 12 1
MA252 Combinatorial Optimization 12 2
MA254 Theory of ODEs 12 2
MA256 Introduction to Systems Biology (suspended in 20/21) 6 3
MA257 Introduction to Number Theory 12 2
MA259 Multivariable Calculus 12 1
MA261 Differential Equations: Modelling and Numerics 12 2
MA359 Measure Theory 15 1
MA377 Rings and Modules 15 2
MA390 Topics in Mathematical Biology 15 1
MA398 Matrix Analysis and Algorithms 15 1
MA3A6 Algebraic Number Theory 15 1
MA3B8 Complex Analysis 15 2
MA3D1 Fluid Dynamics 15 2
MA3D4 Fractal Geometry 15 2
MA3D5 Galois Theory 15 2
MA3D9 Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 15 1
MA3E1 Groups and Representations 15 1
MA3F1 Introduction to Topology 15 1
MA3F2 Knot Theory (suspended in 20/21) 15 2
MA3G1 Theory of PDEs 15 2
MA3G6 Commutative Algebra 15 2
MA3G7 Functional Analysis I 15 1
MA3G8 Functional Analysis II 15 2
MA3H0 Numerical Analysis and PDEs 15 2
MA3H2 Markov Processes and Percolation Theory 15 1
MA3H3 Set Theory 15 1
MA3H5 Manifolds 15 1
MA3H6 Algebraic Topology 15 2
MA3H7 Control Theory 15 2
MA3J2 Combinatorics II 15 2
MA3J3 Bifurcations, Catastrophes and Symmetry 15 2
MA3J4 Mathematical Modelling and PDEs (suspended in 20/21) 15 1
MA3J8 Approximation Theory and Applications (suspended in 20/21) 15 2
MA3J9 Historical Challenges in Mathematics 15 2
MA3K0 High Dimensional Probability (suspended in 20/21) 15 2
MA3K1 Mathematics of Machine Learning 15 1
ST335 Finance and Financial Reporting 15 1

The teaching term shown is for information only and does not form part of the official course regulations. Variations observed on the module pages and / or university timetable should be considered to be a more definitive source of information.

Notes on Course Regulations
  • Certain third year options have prerequisites which are not in the compulsory component of the second year. It is the responsibility of each student to be in a position to understand the modules chosen.
  • Please pay close attention to pre-requisites of EC3xx-coded modules when choosing modules in Economics, as they are strictly enforced. A list is available at
  • It is a student’s responsibility to ensure that the modules they are following are permitted — either because the modules are given explicitly as options by the regulations or because permission has been sought and granted by filling in an unusual option form.
  • You are not allowed to take both the level 3 and level 4 version of the same module, e.g. ST323 Multivariate Statistics in Year 3 and then ST412 Multivariate Statistics with Advanced Topics in Year 4.
  • For more information about modules offered by the Department of Mathematics see the Mathematics Department Undergraduate handbook:
  • Some optional modules are only offered subject to availability. For example, Economics modules do not run if the numbers are insufficient, so check with the Economics Department. Also, WBS normally restricts module preregistration for IB modules to 45 CATS for MathStat students
  • Students who have taken IB133 Foundations of Accounting may not take ST335 Finance and Financial Reporting.
  • Note that IB132 Foundations of Finance is a prerequisite for IB253 Principles of Finance 1 for Statistics students.
  • From 19/20 onwards: IB211 has been replaced by IB320, which is offered as 12 and 15 CATS variants. Third year students who wish to take IB320 must take the 15 CATS variant. Students who have already taken IB211 Simulation are not permitted to take IB320.
Learning Outcomes

After completing the third year of the BSc degree the students will have:

  • Developed skills in formulating and solving both abstract and applied problems, and in presenting cogent and logical arguments.
  • Developed a strong background in at least one specialism, thus providing a basis for further study or employment in related fields