Mathematics Operational Research and Statistics (BSc)

Combining the fields of Statistics and Operational Research with a study of mathematics in general, in a course carefully tailored to the needs of those looking for wide options and excellent career opportunities.

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To many people statistics means numbers – collecting them and organising them. The field of modern statistics involves much more. It is the source of techniques developed to help managers and researchers to draw reliable conclusions from observations that contain variation.

Operational research techniques, sometimes called management science, provide quantitative decision-making methods complementary to statistical analysis, such as the control of queues, stock, and quality control.

The BSc in Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics combines specialisation in statistics and operational research, with the study of the principles of mathematics, offering a good grounding in general mathematical theory and techniques.

Distinctive features

This course offers a sound basis of knowledge, understanding and skills in the main areas of mathematics, statistics and operational research. It encourages an understanding of abstract mathematical concepts, logical argument and deductive reasoning, with an emphasis on independent learning.

Much of year one is common to our courses, so if you wish to change to another course within the School this may be possible.

NOTE: There is the option of taking a year studying at a university abroad or a year working in industry in the UK or Europe between your second and third years. This would extend the BSc degree to four years.

Key facts

UCAS CodeG991
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 22% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
AccreditationsInstitute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 170 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 700 applications.
Typical A level offerAAB including an A in Maths or A*BB/A*AC including an A in Maths.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding Mathematics.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer34 points including at least 6 in Maths at Higher Level.
Other qualificationsWe also welcome applications from students from overseas and from students who have equivalent qualifications, such as BTEC, GNVQ, ACCESS, etc. Applicants with such qualifications should contact the admissions tutor, Jonathan Gillard or administrator Caroline Frame, for more information. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year full-time degree. The course includes a carefully chosen balance of core modules and optional modules. Modules are worth 10 or 20 credits and you need to earn 120 credits a year. The modules you choose in years one and two will inform the choices available to you later.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

Most of the first year modules are compulsory, but you can choose to study one other mathematics module or one from another subject.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Foundations of Mathematics IIMA100620 credits
Vectors and MatricesMA100710 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IMA100520 credits
Statistical InferenceMA150110 credits
Elementary Differential EquationsMA100110 credits
GeometryMA100410 credits
Introduction to Probability TheoryMA150010 credits
Computing for MathematicsMA100320 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Mechanics IMA130010 credits
Finance I : Financial Markets and Corporate Financial ManagementMA180110 credits

Year two

There is a greater choice of optional modules in year two and the modules you select will inform the choices available to you in year three.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Complex AnalysisMA200310 credits
Foundations of Probability and StatisticsMA250020 credits
Operational ResearchMA026120 credits
Matrix AlgebraMA200210 credits
Series and TransformsMA200410 credits
Calculus of Several VariablesMA200110 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Linear AlgebraMA021210 credits
Modelling with Differential EquationsMA023210 credits
Visual Basic Programming For ORMA027610 credits
AccountancyMA029110 credits
Elementary Number Theory IIMA021610 credits
Ordinary Differential EquationsMA200510 credits
Programming and StatisticsMA250110 credits
GroupsMA021310 credits
Real AnalysisMA200610 credits
Numerical AnalysisMA270110 credits
Problem SolvingMA290010 credits

Year three

The modules available in year three are closely aligned to the research interests of the School. There are no compulsory modules and your options are wide-ranging. As well as taught modules you can choose a 10 credit or 20 credit project, giving you the opportunity to develop communication and presentational skills and to learn how to apply your mathematical skills to an investigation of your choice.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is carried out through lectures, small-group tutorials and examples classes. Increased independent learning is encouraged throughout the course.

In all years the classes are used to discuss theoretical concepts and essential mathematical techniques. You are encouraged to undertake additional reading outside of timetabled classes and reflect upon assessments and feedback.

How will I be supported?

At the start of each year you will be given a guide to module aims, learning outcomes, methods of assessment, module syllabuses and reading lists. You will be allocated a personal tutor, a member of the academic staff who will provide pastoral support and academic advice during your course.

All lecturing staff can be contacted by email and have either an ‘open door’ policy for students with specific queries about course material, or a system to book meeting times. The School Office can answer most administrative queries immediately.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

Further learning support is also available via the University wide Maths Support Service. This provides relaxed and informal daily drop-in sessions where students are encouraged to discuss any elements of their studies with a tutor on a one-to-one or small group basis.

How will I be assessed?

Many modules have written examinations at the end of the autumn or spring Semesters, with some also having an element of continuous assessment. This may include problem-solving exercises, written reports, computer programs and oral presentations. Feedback on progress is typically provided through a combination of discussion in class, written comments on submitted work and review of outline solutions to problems. You are encouraged to discuss any queries related to specific modules with individual lecturers.

The grade of your final degree will be based on 30% from your year two studies and 70% from year three.


Written feedback and outline solutions on in-course assessment give you an opportunity to reflect on your progress. Further feedback is provided in examples classes and tutorials (in year one) to review problems in more detail and discuss potential solutions. You should discuss any queries related to specific modules with individual lecturers. There are a number of further feedback mechanisms in place to support your study; please see “How will I be supported?” below.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and important employability skills. You will:

  • develop your communication skills and ability to communicate mathematics in written and oral form
  • develop good self-management and organisational skills
  • enhance your computing, IT, information retrieval and handling skills
  • develop your ability to apply logical and analytic thinking to problems in other disciplines
  • demonstrate group working, time management and presentational skills
  • show a commitment to lifelong learning through engaging in a process of personal development planning

Specialist numerical skills and logical and analytical thought are qualities in demand across a range of stimulating and rewarding careers. Employers of graduates from the School of Mathematics include the financial services sector and organisations such as the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office.

The School of Mathematics also has a Careers Management Skills Programme, company presentations held in the School, presentations by students returning from industry and a range of sponsored prizes awarded for academic achievement.


  • Finance Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Risk Analyst
  • Statistician

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

There is the option of taking a year studying at a university abroad between your second and third years. This would extend the BSc degree to four years.  You can also change to a degree programme that includes a year of Professional Placement.  This would also extend your BSc degree to four years.  Both of these options may depend on your academic performance.

Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.