Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics

The International Foundation Year in Mathematics and Statistics leads to a choice of bachelors and master degrees in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. To prepare for your degree, you will study core English language modules and subject modules for Mathematics and Statistics. Degree options include Accounting, Finance and Computer Science.

You will study Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics. Areas of study include number theory and graph theory (Pure Mathematics); vectors and variable acceleration (Applied Mathematics); and correlation and hypothesis testing (Statistics).

Core modules focus on your English language and university-level study skills. At the end of the programme you will feel confident in taking notes, writing essays, giving presentations, and contributing to discussions. 

Study areas include:

Academic English Skills*

  • develop your English communication skills
  • presenting and seminar preparation
  • time management and organisational skills
  • meeting deadlines and responding to feedback

Project and research skills

  • a self-study project related to your undergraduate degree
  • completed over two terms.

*Subject to approval

Subject modules that relate to Mathematics and Statistics give you the academic knowledge and confidence you need to progress to your chosen degree.

Study areas include:

Pure Mathematics 1, 2 & 3

  • Set theory
  • Geometry
  • Calculus and applications
  • Mathematical induction
  • Number theory
  • Graph theory
  • Group theory

Applied Mathematics 1 & 2

  • Mechanics of point masses
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Momentum and energy conservation
  • Mathematics of vectors
  • Variable acceleration
  • Objects modelled as rigid bodies


  • Extracting information from data
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Probability and probability distributions
  • Correlation
  • Relationships between data sets
  • Hypothesis testing

Progressing to your degree

You will progress to your chosen degree when you have completed the International Foundation Year and achieved the grades you need.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The department has a reputation for top-quality teaching and world-class research. It is an exciting, innovative and friendly place to study.

Degree options

You can choose between more than 20 different degree options within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Your degree options include a range from Mathematics and Statistics, to Accounting, Finance and Computer Science.

To see all degree options, visit our progression degrees page.

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Key facts

Course length

Three terms

Entry points

October and January

Visit our term dates page for specific dates.

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.

Top rankings

9th in Accounting and Finance

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