All our mathematics and statistics degrees focus on three core areas – pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics – and you have the flexibility to tailor the combination of these to suit your interests.
On this degree, you will select mostly statistics modules in the later Stages. These include:
- foundations of probability
- regression and modelling
- Bayesian statistics
You can also choose optional modules linked to the research expertise of our staff and learn about the latest developments in the discipline, such as advanced hydrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and Bayesian inference.
Quality and ranking
- 11th in the UK for research – Research Excellence Framework 2014
- 91% overall student satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
Our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). IMA accreditation means our degrees meet, in part, the educational requirements for the Chartered Mathematician (CMath) designation, with some additional study or experience required.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Flexible degree structure
All of our mathematics and statistics degrees follow a common core set of modules for the first two years, this means transfer between degree specialisms is possible.
There is also flexibility (mainly at Stage 1) to choose topics from other areas of the University, for example:
- a foreign language
- another science
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You'll take a set of core modules. These equip you with the key skills and knowledge that all mathematicians and statisticians need and the main areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, algebra, probability and statistics.
There is also flexibility to choose topics from other areas of the University, for example, accounting, music, a foreign language or another science.
You'll take a common set of core modules. These equip you with the key skills and knowledge that all mathematicians and statisticians need and the main areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, algebra, probability and statistics.
You'll select from a wide range of optional modules, which are closely linked to the research expertise of our staff. This gives you freedom to specialise in areas of particular interest.
Your degree title will reflect your balance of mathematics and statistics modules in Stage 3.
Teaching and assessment
You'll be taught through:
- problem classes
- tutorials and drop-in sessions
- practical computer classes and computer-based assessments
- data collection and analysis
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
Throughout your degree you'll develop a whole range of transferable skills, for example analytical, report writing and presentation skills.
You'll have the opportunity to take part in optional industrial and business projects and placements. These opportunities are very flexible. They are arranged throughout the academic year, during the summer period or through students taking a break from academic studies.
Projects with industry prepare you well for a career both outside and within academia, learning vital new skills and gaining new experiences.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
You'll join the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics based in the Herschel Building.
A state-of-the-art learning environment will support your studies and you'll have access to extensive IT facilities for teaching and self-study, including:
- computer-based exercises with instant review of model solutions
- problem-solving video tutorials
- recording system for video capture of lectures, which you can download and watch again to help with your revision
We also have a dedicated mathematics and statistics library and reading room.
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues. There is a transition officer specifically to help your transition from school/college to university life.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
You'll also benefit from our:
- induction programme, including social events, to help you settle in quickly
- activities and events run by our student-run society, MathSoc
- homework classes to help with assignments
Careers for mathematicians and statisticians
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.
You'll also develop key skills which are essential for the employment market such as communication, teamwork, planning, and organisation.
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.
Maths and stats graduates are also strong candidates in sectors such as:
- management consultancy
- information technology
Industry too is always looking out for specialists with an interest in the applications of mathematics to engineering.
Employability at Newcastle
96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.
Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).
Make a difference
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme
This degree is approved by DTUS, a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus this June. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
We will be holding virtual events on:
• Friday 26 June
• Saturday 27 June
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
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- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
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