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Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry

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.

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This degree enable you to specialise in both pure mathematics and statistics. They offer flexibility and wide choice of options in Computing, Operational Research and all the other topics available to Mathematics students.

The BSc and MMathStat are the same for the first two years of study, making it easy to reconsider your preference into the second year. Differences become apparent in the final years, with the MMathStat degree offering a supervised research project and the possibility to specialise in areas such as advanced statistics, biostatistics, computational statistics, actuarial and financial mathematics, and probability.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials and practical sessions based in the Department's well-equipped undergraduate computing laboratory. A central part of learning in Mathematics and Statistics is problem solving. We encourage and guide students in tackling a variety of theoretical exercises and computing tasks.

Core first and second-year modules covering probability, sets, mathematical statistics, linear algebra and modelling build a solid foundation of essential mathematical and statistical knowledge and skills. You’ll also have flexibility to choose some options. In your third year, you will select half of your modules from Statistics and half from further options available in Statistics, Mathematics and other selected Departments.

The curriculum is divided up into modules consisting of lectures and assessments, which are often supplemented by smaller group teaching such as tutorials, supervisions and computer labs.

Homework assignments are often biweekly and the expectation is that students work hard trying to tackle problems covering a range of levels of difficulty.

Contact hours

Contact time is around 15 hours a week.

Class size

Class sizes for core modules is around 180 students while size of classes for optional modules varies. Support classes usually consist of 15 students.

You will be assessed by a combination of closed and open-book examinations, continuous assessment and project work, depending on your options. The first year counts 10%, the second year 30% and the third year 60% towards the final BSc degree mark.

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department's dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

You may additionally choose to spend an ‘intercalated’ year in an approved industry, business or university between your last two years at Warwick.

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A level: A*AA to include A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics

OR A*A*A + AS level A to include A* in Mathematics and A in AS level Further Mathematics

OR A*A*A* to include Mathematics OR AAA +2 in STEP or Merit in AEA to include Mathematics

  • IB: 38 to include 7 in Higher Level Mathematics

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
Linear Algebra

Linear algebra addresses simultaneous linear equations. You will learn about the properties of vector space, linear mapping and its representation by a matrix. Applications include solving simultaneous linear equations, properties of vectors and matrices, properties of determinants and ways of calculating them. You will learn to define and calculate eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a linear map or matrix. You will have an understanding of matrices and vector spaces for later modules to build on.

Mathematical Analysis

Sets and Numbers

Statistical Laboratory

Introduction to Probability

Mathematical Techniques

Year 2
Norms, Metrics and Topologies

Mathematical Analysis III

Stochastic Processes

Mathematical Methods

Mathematical Statistics Part A

Mathematical Statistics Part B

Linear Statistical Modelling

Year 3

You will select half of your modules from Statistics and half from further options available in Statistics, Mathematics and other selected departments.

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying

Design of Information Structures; Introduction to Quantitative Economics; Geometry and Motion; Introduction to Abstract Algebra; Introduction to Astronomy; Games, Decisions and Behaviour; Programming for Scientists; Foundations of Finance.

Graduates from the Department of Statistics enter a diverse range of careers. Many opt to work within the Financial Services sector with the Actuarial, Accounting and Investment Banking opportunities being particular favourites. These roles often involve the study for professional qualifications such as ACA, CIMA, CFA and the actuarial examinations. Other frequent career choices include e- Commerce, Business and Industrial Consultancy, Operational Research, Marketing, Scientific Research, and Government.

Statistics graduates develop a strong range of transferable skills including excellent numerical, problem-solving and analytical abilities. These along with your ability to communicate complex ideas effectively are highly sought after by employers.

A number of students decide to continue in academia, studying for either a Statistics related Masters or PhD. Alternative study routes have included the study of Management Science & Operational Research or the PGCE teaching qualification.


"My goal is to pursue a challenging, rewarding, high impact career."

"I joined Warwick because it was progressive, with a very inclusive community. Mathematics offered a wider range of modules than other universities, with opportunities to study across many disciplines.

My advice for any potential applicants would be to exploit the fact that Maths is the cornerstone for half of the disciplines across the University. You should also engage with people outside the Maths department and gain important skills in the various societies on offer.

I knew I ultimately wanted to work in the public or charity sector, and the careers department gave me support in determining the necessary skills. As soon as I graduated, I felt prepared to take my place on the Civil Service Fast Stream."

Alexander Brush - Civil Service Fast Streamer (Finance)

Studied 'Mathematics' - Graduated 2016

A level: A*AA to include A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics

OR A*A*A + AS level A to include A* in Mathematics and A in AS level Further Mathematics

OR A*A*A* to include Mathematics OR AAA +2 in STEP or Merit in AEA to include Mathematics

IB: 38 to include 7 in Higher Level Mathematics


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

The additional costs of study in the Statistics Department are minor: printing, calculators and books and, in a few optional modules, printed notes, which are provided by the actuarial profession.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.