Mathematics and Statistics (3 years) [BSc]

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Course description

This very flexible single honours degree programme is particularly for you if you expect to use statistics in your future professional work. You will develop the capacity to formulate and analyse problems and to interpret scientific evidence using appropriate statistical methodology.

A core of basic mathematics, probability and statistics  provides you with the fundamental knowledge and skills, and the basis for more advanced work later on. The core material is covered in the first three semesters, up to the mid-point of your second year. You develop your capacity to learn and apply mathematical and statistical ideas, to understand the significance and power of mathematics, and to acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of those  topics that any employer would expect of a Mathematics and Statistics graduate. 

After your first three semesters, you chose your lecture courses from a widening range of options in order that you can pursue those areas which most interest you.   In the final year at least half of your module choices will be in probability and statistics.  You can choose to do a final year project instead of a lecture course on an appropriate topic supervised by a member of the academic staff.

Special features

  • Generous entrance scholarships are available.
  • Small group teaching is a significant part of the first year.
  • A wide range of options is available in the third year.
  • All undergraduate students have affiliate membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Teaching and learning

Most teaching is in lectures, with various support classes (example classes, small-group tutorials or sessions in one of the computer clusters) to help you get to grips with the material, exploring topics and working on examples set by the lecturers.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed by a combination of examination and continual assessment (which may be, for instance, a combination of homework and in-class tests). Some course units (such as the project) are assessed entirely by your submitted work during the semester. The class of your degree is normally based only on your last two years' work.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School of Mathematics offers scholarships for academically excellent students from the UK and around the world; contact the School for more details.

Facilities

The School of Mathematics is based in the brand new, purpose built £40 million Alan Turing Building, set at the heart of the University Campus.  Students benefit from extensive facilities for computing and study, relaxation and refreshment, in an attractive, light and comfortable environment.  Computing: The School of Mathematics has a number of computer clusters that run the standard software as well as powerful mathematical and statistical software, such as Matlab, Minitab and Mathematica.  All our students have free access to email and the internet.  Other larger clusters are available in the University libraries and clusters are situated in most Halls of Residence; most student rooms also have Ethernet connection.  Library: You will have access to the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, one of the largest and best-equipped libraries in the UK.  A special section of this library provides a short loan facility, where you can reliably obtain textbooks that are recommended for particular courses and borrow them on an overnight basis.  The School of Mathematics also houses a mathematical library of more advanced books and other material used mainly by research students and staff.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

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