Mathematics is a fascinating subject in its own right, but is also an incredibly powerful analytical tool. With mathematics, we can describe diverse phenomena, from the pattern of petals on a sunflower, to the vagaries of the stock market, to the way the planets orbit the sun. Using statistical methods we can test observations, make inferences and predictions, and analyse information. A mathematics or statistics graduate is of course highly numerate. But studying mathematics is also excellent training in logical thought. Mathematicians are not satisfied with an observation until they have proved it to be true. By learning mathematics and statistics, you learn to construct reasoned, structured arguments. The tools of analysis, whether it be modelling situations with appropriate equations or using statistics to analyse data sets and test hypotheses, have countless applications. Training in the mathematical sciences is highly valued by employers. Graduates in these subjects are in great demand and earn on average 10% more than other graduates. Around 35% have jobs in business or finance, with the next most popular choice being teaching, at around 10%. A broad education in mathematics - and the application of mathematics to problems in the natural and social sciences - lies at the core of this degree. The course covers theoretical aspects of the subject as well as methods and modelling techniques. Computing forms an integral part too, both as an aid to understanding the course material and in problem-solving. You will develop an understanding of a range of mathematical skills, together with the abstract background to help you make sense of this material. The BSc Mathematics and BSc Mathematics and Statistics programmes have a common core of modules for the first two years. It is therefore possible to transfer between programmes during this time should your preference change.