Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics (BSc)UCAS Code: G991/G990
The Mathematics, Operational Research & Statistics honours degree scheme combines 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. Graduates trained in Statistics and Operational Research are employed in the private sector by financial institutions, marketing consultants, investment houses and manufacturing companies of all kinds. In the public sector statisticians work in health, environmental and social services, teaching, and in virtually every branch of national and local government.
Statistics, to many people 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 and of stock, and quality control. A range of complementary Mathematics topics form part of the degree scheme; some of these provide support for the more practical topics in Operational Research and Statistics. The course strikes a balance between the theoretical and the practical. Someone wishing to pursue studies in Statistics or Operational Research at Postgraduate level is well placed to do so.
Most of the first year is common with the Mathematics and its Applications courses (BSc). This enables students who wish to do so, to transfer at the end of the first year to one of these courses, subject to a satisfactory performance in the examinations. Transfer to Mathematics (BSc) is also possible subject to a suitable choice of modules.
Those on the four year scheme spend two academic years of full time study followed by one year of professional training outside the University, and a final year of full time study in college. The academic parts of the three and four year schemes are identical.