To many people statistics 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, stock, and quality control. The BSc in Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics combines specialisation in statistics and operational research, with the study of the principles of mathematics, offering a good grounding in general mathematical theory and techniques. This particular version of the degree allows you to spend your third year studying abroad before returning to Cardiff for a final year. The School of Mathematics has agreements with institutions across Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia, and you will have support to apply for your overseas year. Distinctive features This course offers a sound basis of knowledge, understanding and skills in the main areas of mathematics, statistics and operational research. It encourages an understanding of abstract mathematical concepts, logical argument and deductive reasoning, with an emphasis on independent learning. This particular version of the degree allows you to spend your third year studying abroad before returning to Cardiff for a final year (please see above). Much of year one is common to our courses, so if you wish to change to another course within the School this may be possible. NOTE: There is also an option of taking a year working in industry in the UK or Europe between your second and third years.