Why study Statistics?

The BA and MMath Mathematics and Statistics combine the strengths of the traditional Oxford Mathematics degrees with the ability to pursue probability and statistics in depth. If you are interested in studying how we can use data and what the applications of mathematics and statistics are to the world we live in, this is the course for you.

Graduates with this kind of knowledge base are highly sought after by employers. The career options are excellent, both in a general professional setting, for example in accounting, banking, or finance, and in more specialised professions as a statistician, mathematician, or actuary. Career choices are certainly not limited, with opportunities available in health, sports technology, the Civil Service and many more. The four-year MMath course also provides an ideal stepping board for postgraduate study. The MMath Mathematics and Statistics have been accredited by the Institute for Maths and Its Applications (IMA) as meeting the educational requirements for the Chartered Mathematician (CMath) designation, and the three-year BA course has similarly been accredited to meet the educational requirements when followed by subsequent training and experience in employment equivalent to a taught Masters degree.

The Department of Statistics is a welcoming place with a real sense of community. I have always felt supported, included and encouraged to push myself by both the fellow students and academic staff.

Vendy Fialkova, Undergraduate student

Why Oxford?

Oxford is one of the world’s top universities. Its collegiate system combines lectures with personalised tutorials in groups of two or three. Many of our academic teaching staff are at the forefront of international research in their respective fields.

There is flexibility until well into the second year to change between a joint degree in Mathematics and Statistics, and a straight Mathematics degree. There is the same flexibility for changing between the three-year and four-year course.

Why not combine the strengths of an ancient university with the excitement of modern mathematics and statistics? Find out more about the Mathematics and Statistics course at a University open day.

Course Details

For the first four terms the Mathematics and Statistics course is identical to the Oxford Mathematics course, up to and including the compulsory core of the second year of the Mathematics course.

In the remainder of the second year, Mathematics and Statistics students have a choice of topics in probability and statistics. The third and (optional) fourth year has no compulsory courses and a wide range of options available from both Mathematics and Statistics.

You can choose to graduate after three years with a BA, or to continue to a fourth year to graduate with MMath. The fourth year includes a dissertation in a topic with a large statistical component. You don’t have to make the decision about BA or MMath until you are in your third year, and progression  depends on academic performance.

For more information about the assessment procedures and the syllabus, you can consult the course handbook and syllabus synopses.

The University's Mathematics and Statistics course listing gives some more information about life at Oxford and the application process.

The degree equipped me with some great tools to tackle real life stats problems. The course was super interesting and applicable too. I’m looking forward to using what I’ve learned as a Medical Statistician, one of many directions the degree could take you!

Daniel Phillips, Undergraduate Student