On this course you learn the practical application of mathematics, including mathematical and numerical approaches to modelling and problem-solving, and statistical methods. You learn how to use mathematics to solve problems in the real world – including environmental, medical, industrial and commercial contexts. Using technology to apply mathematical techniques, you develop your analysis and interpretation skills to provide solutions. You develop a range of practical skills, including communication, teamwork and problem-solving, which you will continue to use throughout your career. You also choose at least one optional module in each year, which can either relate to mathematics or other topics like programming, astronomy or a foreign language. **Placements and work experience** A high proportion of our students choose to take a paid work placement in their third year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible. This is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment – and, in the process, improve your career prospects. It can even lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer. As well as the placement, you have opportunities throughout the course to gain practical experience. The degree programme has an applied focus, so you would look at solving real-life problems throughout the course. These may include developing a model for a health epidemic, using data in credit scoring, creating sports fixture lists, and many others. **Support** In the mathematics department we have a strong, supportive learning community, based on excellent staff-student relations. It’s one reason why in the 2016 National Student Survey 95% of our students said they were satisfied with the course. From your first week you work on projects with your coursemates as well as final year students, helping you settle in and form friendship groups that last throughout your course and beyond. **Facilities** We have recently moved into a new shared learning space where our students and staff work alongside each other. As well as having easy access to your lecturers, you work closely with other students in a supportive environment. We aim to provide opportunities to mix with staff and students outside of formal teaching time. For example, at our maths arcade, staff and students play strategy and logic games, learning the analysis and tactics of games. You use industry-standard software including Excel and SAS (used for statistical analysis). Employers are looking for graduates with experience of these programmes, especially proficiency in Excel. Where appropriate, we also develop our own specialist software to help bring specific parts of the course to life. **Professional recognition** This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, which can lead to Chartered Mathematician status following subsequent training and experience.