Overview


With this degree you study mathematics, with a strong emphasis on statistics. Statisticians are the experts, who are qualified to collect, analyse and present data in a scientific and objective way, so that the right decisions can be made.

Statisticians are in high demand in both the private and public sectors, in areas such as market research, the pharmaceuticals industry and the NHS, environmental science, forensic science and government statistics. You also have the same graduate opportunities as you gain from a Mathematics degree.

The corresponding BSc programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society, qualifying you for graduate statistician status, your first step to becoming a chartered statistician. This MMath, BSc programme is new and so has not yet received accreditation; we anticipate that it will do so.

This course is available with either the Industrial Placement or the Study Abroad scheme. The Study Abroad replaces your 3rd year at Leeds with a year abroad, so the course length is still 4 years. The Year in Industry option adds an extra year to the course.

Enhancing your degree

We offer two maths degree options: the 4-year MMath, BSc and the 3-year BSc. The MMath and the BSc courses have the same entry requirements and the first two years are identical. If you don’t yet know which you want to study, we suggest you apply for the MMath. It is straightforward to transfer to the BSc later if you wish.

In 2015, the School of Mathematics went through a major refurbishment to provide our students with a variety of new study environments. The School of Mathematics now has social areas, group study areas, a library and seminar room which encourages student interaction, as well as a Research Visitors Centre and a Mathematics Active Learning Lab.

See what the School looks like and hear about it from students in this series of short videos

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Course content

The first year of study contains an introduction to all the main areas of mathematics and statistics.

In the second year, having gained a firm grounding, students take a number of core modules on mathematical and statistical techniques and have a wide choice of modules including algebra, geometry, logic, analysis. The statistical modules cover topical subjects such as environmental statistics, as well as core statistical methods.

During the third and fourth years, at least half your modules will be in statistics, but you have the freedom to study a wide variety of options, including modules from pure and applied mathematics. We currently have over 40 final level modules to choose from. You also have the chance to study a range of specially devised master’s level modules. There is also a project, worth at least a quarter of your final year credit, in which you get to work one-to-one with a member of staff on a specialised area that interests you the most.

In each year of this degree, up to one sixth of your study (20 credits) can be on elective modules from across the University. There are many possible choices from the areas of Art, Business, Design, Education, Environment, History, Languages, Law, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Theology, etc.

Course structure

Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught through lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes. You’ll enjoy extensive tutorial support and have freedom in your workload and options.

Read more about teaching and assessment on the School website.

Assessment

You’re assessed by a range of methods, including formal exams and in-course assessment.

Read more about teaching and assessment on the School website.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA - A*AB

AAB or A*BB, including further mathematics A-level.

AAB or A*BB, PLUS Grade A in AS-level further mathematics.

We always require at least grade A in A-level mathematics. If you are taking further mathematics at A-level or AS-level, we usually make an additional alternative offer. In all cases, the first grade quoted is the Mathematics A-level.

We don’t accept general studies or critical thinking but may take account of these at the confirmation stage.

Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

GCSE:

You must also have GCSE english at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Alternative Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Normally only acceptable in combination with grade A in A-level mathematics, or equivalent.

BTEC

BTEC qualifications in relevant disciplines are considered in combination with other qualifications, including grade A in A-level mathematics, or equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U

Either D3/M1/M1 or D2/M1/M2. If further mathematics is being taken we ask for D3/M1/M2 or D2/M2/M2. In all cases, the first grade quoted is in mathematics.

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall (17 at higher level including 6 points in Mathematics).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

Grades AAAAAB at Higher Level overall (including grade A1 in Mathematics).

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Suitable combinations of Scottish Higher and Advanced Highers are acceptable, though mathematics must be presented at Advanced Higher level. A typical offer is AAAAB including grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Where students are offering three A-levels plus the Welsh Baccalaureate, they will receive an alternative offer of Grades AAB or A*BB in three A-levels (the first grade quoted is A-level mathematics) PLUS a C grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Core Certificate.

Other Qualifications

We also welcome applications from students on the Northern Consortium UK International Foundation Year programme, the University of Leeds International Foundation Year, and other foundation years with a high mathematical content. Read more on the School Foundation year programmes page.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Read our overseas entry requirements.

Foundation year

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year. We have formal links with the following foundation year programmes:

- University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)

- Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

- Study Group Leeds International Study Centre (LISC)

If you are applying from an alternative foundation year provider, please contact our admissions team to find out if your qualification is suitable for entry to our courses.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
 

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below

International: £16,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Career opportunities

A mathematics and statistics degree can take you down many career paths into some of the highest paid and most satisfying roles in employment.

In virtually all areas of life - science, industry and commerce, community, design, engineering, manufacturing and finance - maths is a skill that is valued highly by employers. A mathematics and statistics degree will not only equip you with subject-specific knowledge, but also with analytical skills, as well as writing, problem-solving, presentation, communication, team-working and computing skills.

This academic year a new module was introduced for second year students, called 'Maths at Work'. The module focuses on improving skills used in a work environment. This is done through a group project, which involves team work, communication and presentation skills. Also, throughout the course, employers and careers advisers deliver talks.

We take your employment prospects seriously. Read more about how the School and the University help you with employability. We can even help you to start your own business through our Enterprise Scholars scheme.

Careers support

Throughout your degree course we will make sure that you have the support and opportunity to develop the skills and experience required to make the most of your career choices. We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

You can get some great work experience which can be featured on your CV via our Industrial Placement scheme or by securing a part-time job through the Student Union's Joblink. You could also look at the volunteering opportunities available through the Student Union which will help you in your personal development.

All of these opportunities can really help you stand out from the crowd.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

The Study Abroad scheme offers you the opportunity to spend your third year at a host institution overseas, returning to complete your degree after four years. Spending a year, living and studying in another country, is a unique experience. Unlike the passing tourist, you have the chance to totally immerse yourself in another culture. You will gain unforgettable experiences and memories, together with the development of practical language skills and new contacts. These are benefits you will draw upon in your business and personal life for years to come.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

The year in industry scheme gives you the opportunity to spend a year working for a company, returning to complete your degree. The extra experience you will gain from a year in industry will go a long way to boosting your self confidence, not only in your chosen subject area, but in the marketplace generally. Employers love the fact that graduates already have work experience and it can make all the difference in interviews when you are competing with other graduates.

During your year in industry you will have an industrial supervisor who will be someone employed in your chosen company, plus an academic supervisor from the School of Mathematics who will keep in touch, visit you at work, and take responsibility for your progress.

Please note that placements must be obtained through a job application process.

Find out more.