Statistics Mmath Hons
The MMath (Hons) in Statistics allows you to specialise in the branch of mathematics that focuses on collecting, analysing and presenting large quantities of numerical data. There are many practical applications for statistics, including fields such as science and medicine, government, business and education.
Students of Statistics will acquire the analytical techniques, clear logical thinking and deductive reasoning necessary to explore some of these fascinating areas of research.
The MMath allows you to combine undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single five-year program, graduating with a Masters degree. Students can also take Statistics as a standard four-year BSc or MA degree.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students will take between one and three first-year modules in mathematics. There is one core compulsory module, 'Mathematics', that can be studied in either semester.
Students who do not possess at least a B at Advanced Higher or A-Level Mathematics will need to take 'Introductory Mathematics' in their first semester before taking the compulsory 'Mathematics' module. This option is popular for students on different degree routes who wish to study mathematics.
- Introductory Mathematics
Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:
- Abstract Algebra
- Combinatorics and Probability
- Linear Mathematics
- Mathematical Modelling
- Multivariate Calculus
- Statistical Inference
- Vector Calculus
If you decide to take Statistics in your final three years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options. Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Bayesian Inference
- Markov Chains and Processes
- Population Genetics
- Quantitative Risk Management.
As an MMath student, you will also be able to take Masters-level modules. In the past, these have included:
- Advanced Data Analysis
- Applied Multivariate Analysis
- Estimating Animal Abundance and Biodiversity
- Medical Statistics.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and computer labs, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
Demand for mathematically trained graduates vastly outstrips the supply, and hence career prospects are excellent in a variety of fields.
Recruiters seek numerate graduates who are literate, think logically, write and present well, and can work with relevant technology – St Andrews degrees develop all of these skills.
A mathematics degree is recognised as a substantial achievement in a demanding discipline.
Around 30% of St Andrews graduates continue on to postgraduate study, either in mathematics or related disciplines such as computer science, finance, or physics.
The majority of the remaining graduates gain employment in areas including:
- technology firms or computer consultancies
- financial services organisations (for example, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, and PwC)
- insurance companies
- merchant banks
- the civil service
About this institute
University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...
Why study at University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is situated in a truly beautiful location. Part of a seaside town it is a picturesque and inspirational location to pursue your studies, where you will have the thinking space needed to be your very best. As a smaller university our size is one of our greatest strengths with class sizes allowing for a close and individual learning experience and giving great access and support from your teachers.
Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.
Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.
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