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BSc (Hons)

Mathematics with Statistics (with Foundation Year)

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Year Of Entry

2021
Top
20
In the UK for Mathematics
in The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • UCAS code(s): GG15 (full-time)
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: Four years full-time


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Think of your foundation year as a springboard – developing your base mathematical, engineering and science skills before leaping into BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Statistics, ready to face the challenge.

We focus on the practical application of mathematics and you’ll learn by taking part in a lots of projects both individually and in a group. This develops your problem-solving and creative thinking skills and helps to build other transferable skills such as team-working.

The flexibility means that we can support you if you want to move onto one of our other mathematics or engineering courses in your second year.

Our Mathematics degrees are current and relevant to the needs of business. Our close links with industry means that, if you wish, you’ll have the opportunity to take up job placements with some of the world’s leading companies.

You’ll benefit from excellent teaching. We are in the top 10 in the UK for teaching quality in mathematics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

Research scholarships

Every year we offer a small number of Mathematics Undergraduate Research Scholarships (MURS), giving successful applicants funding for a six-to-eight-week placement in one of our research teams. This is a great opportunity for you to further your research interests and contribute to the academic activities of the mathematics department.

More student opportunities

Our students run a Mathematics Society, and you’ll have the opportunity to take part in regular events hosted on campus by the local branch of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

What our students say

I graduated with a first from NTU and was awarded a Mathematics prize during my studies. The course helped develop my problem-solving skills, useful in industry, and gave good background in abstract mathematics, which I would like to pursue in the future.

Sam Morely
BSc (Hons) Mathematics

What you'll study

In today’s information age, a massive amount of information is gathered every day. On this course we’ll teach you how to interpret  patterns in data using statistics to make correct decision or predictions about the future. Demand is high for talented statisticians in private and public sectors, in areas such as market research, the NHS, environmental science, forensic science and government statistics.

This course aims to equip you with the advanced mathematical ideas and computational techniques to succeed in this area. You'll be hands-on throughout your course and make considerable use of our specialist facilities that include mathematical and statistical software and virtual reality and 3D printing technology. These will help give you the knowledge and skills employers demand.

After your foundation year you’ll explore a wide range of mathematical techniques and applications. Then, in your final year, you’ll get to choose a number of specialist modules, depending on your own personal preferences and career aspirations.

Who will teach me?

I recently won several HESTEM grants to work with the Nottingham Girl's High School on final year maths education projects and to build employability skills into our maths course. Local, national, and global companies have helped us to make sure that our students leave with the skills, abilities, and confidence to excel in the jobs market.

As a team, our research focus includes biological mathematics, statistics, and computational modelling, but we also encompass financial analysis, cryptography, and many other fields.

Dr James Hind, Lecturer

I teach the Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations and Topics in Applied Mathematics modules. I also support final year students with their project work. My own research interests include industrial mathematics, mathematical modelling and numerical analysis.

Dr David Chappell, Lecturer

Placement Year

An optional placement year is available, this will typically take place after Year Three, and you will return to campus for your final year in Year Five.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Introductory Mathematics

    This module provides an introduction to important mathematical ideas, including Algebraic rearrangement, Trigonometry, Vectors, Descriptive Statistics, Integration and Differentiation. You’ll gain an understanding of ideas that form the basis of later, more specialised, developments and you’ll be able to solve simple but realistic mathematical problems.

    Intermediate Mathematics

    This module aims to provide the link between Introductory Mathematics and degree level Mathematics. You’ll cover more complex topics such as the chain rule and integration by parts, the generalisation of vectors to matrices, the approximation of numerical series, logic and probability, complex numbers and mathematical proof.

    Foundation Science

    In this module you’ll cover topics in Physics and Chemistry including exchange, transport and conservation of energy and inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The aim of this module is to provide a sound scientific foundation for the study of engineering or mathematics at undergraduate degree level.

    Foundation Engineering

    This module includes basic electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering. Mechanics considers the consequences of applying forces to physical bodies; the electrical and electronics part of the module focuses on the scientific principles relevant to circuit theory, analogue electronics and components. Laboratory-based sessions will allow you to gain practical knowledge and experience.

    Practical and Professional Skills

    This module aims to provide a link between the theoretical modules on the course and their practical implementation. The professional skills aspect will help you with interpreting coursework requirements, exam and revision technique, note taking and referencing. The practical sessions will cover a variety of topics that require you to make use of the scientific principles and mathematical techniques that you’re learning in the other modules on the course.

  • Year Two

    Mathematical Methods

    This module aims to consolidate and extend your previous knowledge of calculus and linear algebra, with emphasis on the underlying intuition of the techniques.

    Introduction to Numerical Methods

    Learn about important numerical methods for solving mathematical problems and develop computational skills using specialist mathematical software packages.

    Data Analysis

    This provides you with an introduction to important statistical ideas and their application using modern software. You will explore data analysis, probability, statistical inference and statistical modelling.

    Introduction to Abstract Algebra

    You will be introduced to the world of rigorous mathematics, as well as the theory to help you learn about the most important algebraic structures; groups and vector spaces.

    Vector Algebra and Calculus

    Gain a basic knowledge of vector algebra and vector calculus and learn how to apply these techniques to physical situations.

    Foundations and Investigations in Mathematics

    You’ll develop a range of skills appropriate to conducting open-ended mathematical investigations. Learn about the importance of rigour and techniques of proof in mathematical contexts.

  • Year Three

    Differential Equations and Transform Methods

    Extend your knowledge of calculus, differential equations and linear algebra, and gain an introduction to difference equations, the Eigen problem and transform methods.

    Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations

    You will further develop your computational and professional skills and enhance your knowledge of specialist numerical software
    packages.

    Probability and Statistical Inference

    Refine your knowledge of statistical inference and statistical modelling and further develop essential computational and IT skills.

    Linear Algebra and its Applications

    This module will build your conceptual and technical background and, in particular, work on vector spaces will be extended and generalised to linear transformations. You will be introduced to coding theory through the application of linear algebra to linear codes.

    Advanced Calculus

    Broaden your knowledge, understanding and skills in advanced higher calculus to topics including Fourier series, partial differential equations and complex analysis.

    Problem Solving

    Learn how to select and apply appropriate techniques, and use specialist mathematical and statistical software to help solve open ended applied problems. Extend your commercial awareness by tackling industrial problems in a professional manner.

  • Final year

    Core Modules

    Project in Mathematics

    The final year project gives you the opportunity to demonstrate and document your skills, knowledge and understanding of mathematics, and show your planning, organisation and problem solving abilities.

    Professional Mathematics Skills

    Gain a broad view of the practical applications of Mathematics in the real world, especially in industrial contexts such as Finance, Physics and Engineering.

    OR

    Communicating Science and Technology

    This module will be of interest to you if you are considering a career in teaching and / or want to develop your portfolio of transferable skills.

    Choose three modules from the following:

    Statistical Modelling

    This module will help you to recognise and understand the principal methods of analysis for medical and financial data, including the analysis of survival data and dealing with large, complex datasets.

    Computational Statistics and Data Analysis

    Explore topics from computational statistics and statistical models relevant to modern applications, with an emphasis on developing solid conceptual understanding of these methods through applications.

    Applied Statistics

    Extends your experience of statistical techniques and methodologies, applying them in a diverse range of industrial and commercial contexts.

    Optimisation

    Optimisation is the art of optimal decision-making under constraints. This module introduces you to optimisation, focussing on the theoretical foundations of the subject, as well as the practical modelling aspects, and the algorithm analysis and design.

    Stochastic Processes

    Extend your understanding of probabilistic modelling to include stochastic processes and learn advanced techniques for investigating the behaviour of stochastic processes.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

You’ll spend between 14 and 16 hours every week in lectures, seminars, practical sessions, and workshops. The seminar groups are sessions where you’ll meet with your lecturer and small groups to discuss any problems, or work through challenging topics. The rest of your time will be spent carrying out independent study such as reading textbooks and lecture notes, and working on exercises.

How will I be assessed?

We want you to graduate with a range of transferable skills, so all of the Mathematics modules have two or three assessment components that help you to demonstrate your knowledge in a variety of ways. As well as traditional exams and in-class tests, you’ll complete assignments and group projects, and give presentations. In your final year, you’ll also complete your mathematics project with the support of your personal tutor.

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (60%) and written (40%)

Year 2 - coursework (28%) and written (32%)

Year 3 - coursework (32%) and written (68%)

Year 4 - coursework (60%) and written (40%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (30%) and independent study (70%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (33%) and independent study (67%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (33%) and independent study (67%)

Year 4 - lectures/seminars/workshops (21%) and independent study (79%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

Our recent Mathematics graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

  • Nomura – international technology analyst
  • Bradford and Bingley – portfolio officer
  • Shell International Trading and Shipping – finance administrator
  • Brackman Chopra LLP – trainee accountant
  • Caisson Investment Management – investment analyst
  • Chase Evans – accounts payable officer
  • Drop Test Kits – product technician
  • FDM – trainee software test analyst
  • Interoute – graduate accounts assistant (commissions)
  • Oegen – junior programmer / project manager.

Their salaries range from £16,000 – £30,000 per year.

They have also started careers in:

  • industrial and commercial mathematics
  • statistical applications systems modelling
  • software engineering
  • telecommunications
  • IT applications
  • teaching and research.

Placements

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

On this course, after your third year, you will have the opportunity to take a year's work placement (sandwich placement). This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. You're also twice as likely to secure a graduate job within six months if you take a work placement.

Our recent students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including DeVere Group, Cooper Parry and IBM. They secured varied roles such as Trainee Wealth Assistant, Business Analyst and Auditing Assistant.

You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

Find out more about work placements.

What our students say

"The content we studied in my final year was absolutely vital in getting the job I have today. The course is very applicable when applying for positions outside of university. If you're interested in Mathematics I really can't recommend this course enough.

"In addition, I love Nottingham – it's a fantastic city, and I didn't have any questions at all about staying here when I graduated. When looking for jobs my number one priority was staying in this city."

Duncan Bell, BSc (Hons) Mathematics, graduate
Credit Scoring and Strategy Analyst

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 56 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; and
  • GCSEs – Maths grade B/6 and English C/4.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

  • If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • 56 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP; and
  • GCSEs – Maths grade B/6 and English C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs. Placement opportunities are available in the UK and overseas.  Travel grants and Erasmus funding may be available to help fund international travel costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other

Students will require a basic scientific calculator for use in examinations (e.g. Casio 83 or 85 series, approximately £15).

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs. Placement opportunities are available in the UK and overseas.  Travel grants and Erasmus funding may be available to help fund international travel costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Other

Students will require a basic scientific calculator for use in examinations (e.g. Casio 83 or 85 series, approximately £15).

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