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Why Study Maths at Newcastle University

The application of mathematics and statistics is now increasingly global as people, from business leaders to politicians, turn to numerical reasoning in their decision making.

Today, mathematicians and statisticians are involved in a wide range of roles in society; from predicting the spread of disease to weather forecasting, from designing computer programs to carbon dating.

At the same time, mathematics continues to play a central role in the sciences and engineering, as it supplies the natural language in which scientific laws are expressed.

So why choose Newcastle?

  • We offer an integrated teaching programme that allows considerable flexibility so that you can transfer to a different mathematics or statistics degree programme at Newcastle if you find your interests change.
  • Excellent teaching and high-quality student support combined to produce a 92 per cent student satisfaction score in the 2011 National Student Survey.
  • Bring your studies closer to current research in mathematics and statistics through our four-year MMath and MMathStat degrees, with transfer possible between these and our BSc degrees at any time up to the end of Stage 2.
  • Tailor the combination of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics to suit your interests.
  • Benefit from our highly rated research expertise, which feeds directly into our undergraduate teaching programme to make sure that your programme of study remains relevant. At Stages 3 and 4, the research interests of our staff feature prominently in the modules that we offer, allowing you to take advantage of specialist knowledge in a variety of areas.
  • Study in a newly refurbished building with networked PCs in all lecture rooms, as well as a dedicated student reading room, and computer clusters running dedicated mathematics and statistics software.
  • Join our extremely active student society, Mathsoc, which organises a wide range of activities including careers talks with major employers and a number of social events throughout the year. Sponsored by KPMG and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the society enjoys close links with both organisations.

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How we teach and assess:

Our degrees are taught using a combination of lectures, problem classes, tutorials, practical computer classes, computer-based assessments, data collection and analysis, and drop-in sessions.

We assess your performance in each module through a combination of assignments and end-of-semester examinations. Many of our assignments take place online and are aimed at helping you with key material.

A typical weekly timetable will consist of around 18 to 20 hours of teaching spread throughout the week. This leaves you with plenty of time during the day to study, complete your assignments and enjoy a good work–life balance.

Content of our degrees:

This degree explores a wide selection of modern mathematical ideas and techniques. 

All of our Mathematics and Statistics students follow a common core of modules for the first two years. This provides a solid foundation on which to build more specialist knowledge at Stages 2 and 3, through a wide range of optional modules. This also means that it is relatively easy to transfer between a number of degrees within the School.

Your final degree title is determined by the combination of mathematics and statistics modules taken at Stages 2 and 3. This allows you to pursue the topics that interest you the most.

If you would prefer not to choose between our mathematics and statistics degrees until you have explored some of the different subjects available to you, you can defer your choice until the end of Stage 1 by applying for the Mathematical Sciences (Deferred Choice) Programme.

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

 Degree programmes on offer:

  • Accounting and Mathematics BSc Honours (NG41)
  • Economics and Mathematics BSc Honours (GL11)
  • Financial Mathematics BSc Honours (GN13)
  • Financial Mathematics with Management BSc Honours (G1NF)
  • Mathematical Sciences (Deferred Choice) BSc Honours (G140)
  • Mathematical Sciences with Foundation Year BSc Honours (G101)
  • Mathematics MMath Honours (G103)
  • Mathematics and Psychology BSc Honours (CG81)
  • Mathematics and Statistics MMathStat Honours (GGC3)
  • Mathematics and Statistics BSc Honours (GG13)
  • Mathematics with Biology BSC Honours (G1C1)
  • Mathematics with management BSc Honours (G1N2)
  • Statistics BSc Honours (G300)
  • Statistics with Management BSc Honours (G3N2)

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We have active research collaborations with many groups worldwide and across the University.

Research groups

Our research is divided into the following groups:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Pure mathematics
  • Statistics

Funding for research projects

We also attract funding from bodies such as the Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Department of Trade and Industry to manage a number of research projects. We have an active research culture in the School and participate in a range of seminars both internally and regionally.

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Mathematicians and statisticians have always been highly valued by employers for their analytical and problem-solving skills, and their ability to think logically and quantitatively.

As well as developing these skills, our degrees also equip you with the key skills which are essential for the employment market such as:

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • planning
  • organising

There are some careers for which a degree in mathematics is usually required, for example, teaching mathematics, statistical work, actuarial work, some research and development, and some areas of computing.

Mathematics graduates are also strong candidates in sectors such as:

  • management consultancy
  • finance
  • accountancy
  • information technology
  • logistics
  • transportation

Industry too is always looking out for specialists with an interest in the applications of mathematics to engineering.

A degree in mathematics and statistics can also lead on to further study including PhD, MSc and PGCE courses. In short, mathematics graduates can be found in a very wide cross-section of careers, and in both the private and public sectors.

Approximately 50 per cent of graduate jobs advertised in the UK do not specify any particular degree subject. Many employers are more interested in the skills and personal qualities you have acquired at university than in the degree course you have studied.

The University has very good links with employers. Many companies visit the University to give presentations, attend job fairs and carry out interviews, and some of them are specifically targeting mathematicians. Examples of some of the well-known companies that our recent graduates have found employment with include:

  • Ernst and Young
  • NHS
  • Atkins
  • the Army
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Network Rail
  • National Audit Office
  • Aon
  • Santander
  • KPMG
  • Irwin Mitchell LLP

At Newcastle, we provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through ncl+ to enable you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

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