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Mathematics Operational Research and Statistics with a Professional Placement (BSc)

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This four-year version of the BSc in Mathematics Operational Research and Statistics features an employability-enhancing placement in a paid mathematician or statistician role.

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Course overview

Operational research, or management science, uses advanced statistical and analytical techniques to help organisations and individuals make decisions efficiently. Working in this field, you might be determining manpower and resources allocation, finding sequences in a supply and procurement chain, or developing customer profiles and segments.

This course will equip you with the skills, methods and ways of thinking you need to become a confident statistical analyst. You will be able to tackle complex organisational problems using methods such as, data collection, statistical modelling and simulation.

This four-year version of the BSc Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics course includes a Professional Placement Year where you can gain experience in a paid mathematician or statistician role at an organisation of your choice. 

In a competitive graduate job market, a Placement Year can help you gain extra skills and experience to make you stand out from the crowd. It could help you to secure a permanent role after you graduate, as well as providing real-world context to support your studies. If you're not sure what career path to follow, it's a great opportunity to explore your options. It might help you make those all-important decisions about your future.

Our current students are taking advantage of our strong industry links and are completing exciting placements in:

  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Ministry of Defence
  • NHS Wales
  • Nationwide
  • BAE Systems
  • IBM
  • Disney

Distinctive features

Flexible Professional Placement Year - You will complete a year working in a paid role in an organisation and location of your choice.  We have strong links with industry and a dedicated placements team to help you find a placement. You don’t need to start applying for opportunities until the autumn semester of Year Two, so there’s plenty of time to explore your options and decide where you would like to work;

Specialist knowledge - Alongside learning mathematical techniques, you will gain the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to secure a role in the statistics and operational research industries;

Flexible degree schemes – In most cases, you're free to switch between degree programmes at the end of Year One if your interests change. There is also the option of adding a Professional Placement or a Year Abroad between your second and third years. You don’t need to commit to this until the autumn semester of your second year, so there’s plenty of time to add this on at a later date*;

Summer placements – Although we can’t guarantee summer placements, our dedicated placements team are there to help you find a placement and provide support you during your time there.

Student satisfaction - We've been voted top among all Russell Group Universities in the main category of Overall Satisfaction in this year’s National Student Survey 2018;

Student support - You will have your own Personal Tutor allocated at the start of the first year as well as weekly tutorials, supervised computer laboratories, and access to daily drop-in sessions for one-to-one support.

Accreditations

UCAS codeG990
Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration4 years
ModeFull time with sandwich year
Typical places availableThe School typically has approx 170 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives approx 700 applications.

Entry requirements

AAA-AAB including A in Maths. Please note, General Studies will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DD in BTEC plus A in Maths at A-level. Any BTEC accompanied by Maths A-Level.

Achieve 34-32 overall in the IB Diploma with 6 in HL Maths or achieve the IB Diploma with 665-655 in 3 HL subjects including 6 in Maths  

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Mathematics admissions criteria pages.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

You will require GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Alternatively, IGCSE English First Language or English Second Language will be considered at grade C. 

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,000None

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

Tuition feeDeposit
£20,950None

Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Costs for sandwich years

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, placement year or year abroad) a lower fee will apply. Full details can be found on our fees pages.

Additional costs

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

This is a four year full-time degree with year three spent working in industry. 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 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

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
Elementary Differential EquationsMA100110 credits
GeometryMA100410 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IMA100520 credits
Foundations of Mathematics IIMA100620 credits
Linear Algebra IMA100810 credits
Introduction to Probability TheoryMA150010 credits
Statistical InferenceMA150110 credits
Computing for MathematicsMA170110 credits
Fundamental skills for University and BeyondMA190010 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Classical MechanicsMA130110 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
Operational ResearchMA026120 credits
Complex AnalysisMA200310 credits
Series and TransformsMA200410 credits
Linear Algebra IIMA200820 credits
Multivariable and Vector CalculusMA201020 credits
Foundations of Probability and StatisticsMA250020 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Modelling with Differential EquationsMA023210 credits
Real AnalysisMA200610 credits
Introduction to Number Theory IMA201110 credits
Programming and StatisticsMA250110 credits
Finance II: Investment ManagementMA280010 credits
Problem SolvingMA290010 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year three is spent in salaried employment, working as a mathematician and/or statistician at an organisation in the United Kingdom or Europe. You will have support to apply for a placement, which can be undertaken with a wide range of providers across industry and government including many in the financial services, the pharmaceutical industry and organisations such as the Office for National Statistics. If you complete the professional training period you can be considered for the City and Guilds Senior Licentiateship Award (LCGI).

Module titleModule codeCredits
Industrial TrainingMA9999120 credits

Year four

The modules available in year four 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.

Learning and assessment

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.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

29%

Guided independent study

71%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

27%

Guided independent study

73%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

0%

Guided independent study

0%

Placements

100%

Year 4

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

26%

Guided independent study

74%

Placements

0%

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.

During your placement in year three you will work under the day-to-day direction of a supervisor who is a member of the organisation providing the placement. If you are in the UK, university staff will visit you (typically two-three times during the year), to check how the placement is progressing.

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, 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 20% from your year two studies, 10% from the year three placement and 70% from year four.

You are expected to write a reflectively about your industrial placement and about the skills you have developed, and to present a poster on your professional training experience. Industrial supervisors will also be asked to assess your performance during the placement.

Feedback:

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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

90%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

5%

Year 2

Written exams

89%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

11%

Year 3

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

10%

Coursework

90%

Year 4

Written exams

96%

Practical exams

0%

Coursework

4%

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

Careers and placements

Career prospects

You can use your BSc in Mathematics Operational Research and Statistics with a Professional Placement Year as a pathway to the workforce where you may meet our alumni working in a variety of fields such as data science, operational research, internet technology, medicine, banking, logistics, risk management, and marketing. Or, you might choose to widen your career options to include a range of related fields by completing postgraduate studies in the sciences, computing or engineering.

In 2017/18, 89% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation. Some of our previous students had gone on to work for companies including the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office.

Maths Careers Support

In the Spring semester of your first year, there are a range of masterclasses available to you to help support your future career prospects. The classes cover work experience, CV and covering letters, application forms, interview techniques, and an introduction to LinkedIn.

We have a regularly-updated student jobs board featuring a range of volunteering, internship, placement, and graduate opportunities. Plus, we organise a full programme of student and employer presentations every year with employers, such as Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, PwC, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Sainsburys, Network Rail, GSK, Office of National Statistics, Welsh Government, the MOD, Welsh Water, and the Met Office.

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

Jobs

  • Finance Manager
  • Lecturer
  • Risk Analyst
  • Statistician

Placements

The option of spending year three in industry extends the BSc degree to four years. If you decide not to do a placement abroad, you will have two options.  You can change to a three year BSc Mathematics programme, or a degree programme that includes a Year Abroad.  A year of studying abroad will keep the duration of your BSc degree at four years.  This option will be dependent on your academic performance and when you decide to change programmes.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 36% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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