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BSc Hons Mathematics & Statistics (SCAU)


Key facts

  • Accreditation: Institute of Mathematics & its Applications and the Royal Statistical Society
  • Apply: Available only to eligible students from South China Agricultural University

  • Scholarship: All students will receive a 10% tuition fee scholarship. Additional scholarships are available.

  • Ranked: top 10 in UK for Mathematics (Complete University Guide 2022)

Study with us

  • become part of our University community which is home to over 23,000 students from more than 100 countries
  • English language classes available before and during your studies
  • join Strathclyde in year three and graduate with an Honours bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics after two years
  • develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need to become a successful mathematician and maximise your career options
  • your Special Advisor and key contacts during your time studying at Strathclyde will be department staff of Chinese origin who have strong links with many Chinese universities
  • benefit from a flexible degree structure that allows you to tailor your studies to your particular interests

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Why this course

Mathematics is everywhere; from gaming to weather forecasting, cash machines to websites, liquid crystal displays to data analysis.

Statistics is the area of mathematics we use to explore and explain the uncertain world in which we live, whether that’s the latest opinion polls or the manufacture of life-saving drugs.

At Strathclyde, you’ll build on your studies to date at the South China Agricultural University, using both mathematics and statistics to solve practical problems, develop your quantitative skills and better understand the world around us. Throughout your studies you'll learn from and be supported by our excellent teaching staff. 

After two years of study at Strathclyde and passing the required courses, you'll graduate with an Honours bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics and a broad range of transferable and highly sought-after skills.

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What you'll study

The degree is a four-year programme, with Year 1 and 2 undertaken at the South Agricultural China University and Year 3 and 4 at the University of Strathclyde.

At the University of Strathclyde, each year’s curriculum consists of 120 credits including 20 credits from the compulsory class Communicating Mathematics and Statistics and at least 100 credits of other mathematics and statistics classes. Students must study at least 120 credits of statistics classes in Year 3 and 4, and at least 40 credits from Year 4 mathematics classes.

Year 3 has both compulsory and optional classes. You’ll choose from a range of mathematics and statistics classes from one or more of the specialist application areas.

In Year 4, classes you'll have the option to undertake include the mathematics of financial derivatives, mathematical modelling in biology and medicine, numerical analysis, statistical modelling & analysis, applied statistics in society, medical statistics and the mathematics of networks. In addition to your classes, you'll undertake your Year 4 project which will provide you with the opportunity for more specialised study and will include a written report and an oral presentation. Each year there is a wide range of project topics to choose, with some of these offering a short element of research

The University’s competitive research internship scheme offers paid summer research projects lasting 6 to 8 weeks to well qualified students at the end of their third year. Many of our 2+2 students have benefited from these opportunities.

Chinese students studying at Strathclyde

Chinese students studying in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics offer a strong support network to new students. The Chinese Students & Scholars Association also offers the opportunity to meet students who study in other departments, through their regular social events and opportunities to go on trips to other areas of Scotland.

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Learning & teaching

The following teaching methods are used in Mathematics and Statistics: lectures (using a variety of media including electronic presentations and computer demonstrations), tutorials (small group learning, to further focus on topics covered in lectures), computer laboratories, coursework and projects. You’ll also learn through group work and student presentations.

On completion of the programme, you’ll be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge in the main areas of mathematics
  • show an understanding of the principal mathematical and educational theories and a critical understanding of one or more specialised areas
  • demonstrate skills in calculation
  • develop and evaluate logical arguments, presenting them and their conclusions clearly and accurately
  • demonstrate problem solving skills, for example, abstracting the essentials of problems, formulating them mathematically and finding appropriate solutions
  • undertake a critical analysis of data and draw conclusions from the data
  • demonstrate a range of general skills including IT competency

The University offers four hours per week of free in-sessional English classes throughout the academic year to help students improve their English both for studying and everyday communication.


Knowledge, understanding and subject-specific skills are assessed by coursework, assignment, reports, presentations and written examinations.

Why Strathclyde

Strathclyde is a multi-award-winning university. We’re delighted to be the only university to have won the Times Higher Education University of the Year award twice (2012 and 2019) and we're in the UK’s top 20 universities for research intensity according to the Times Higher Education’s analysis of REF2014

We offer a flexible, innovative learning environment, where you’ll enjoy a first-class experience. We're currently transforming our campus, with investment set to reach £1 billion by 2025. This includes a new Learning and Teaching hub which will further enhance the learning environment for our students. The campus also has a dedicated sports facility, Strathclyde Sport, which offers a range of sports and wellbeing facilities.

Our campus is located in the city centre of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest and most vibrant city. The National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city!

Glasgow is also the gateway to Scotland, with an international airport and excellent travel links to explore and visit Scotland’s most scenic locations including the Scottish Highlands and Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh, during your time studying at Strathclyde.

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We provide secure accommodation on campus for eligible students.  Our accommodation is close to the main University buildings, library, computer labs, sports facilities and the Students’ Union.

Our dedicated Accommodation Services team are located in the campus village and the Village Office is open 24 hours every day, with the experienced team always available to help you.

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Course content


Complex Variables & Integral Transforms

This class will introduce functions of a complex variable, define concepts such as continuity, differentiability, analyticity, line integration, singular points, etc. It'll examine some important properties of such functions, and consider some applications of them, for example conformal mappings, and the evaluation of real integrals using the Residue Theorem. It'll also introduce you to Fourier and Laplace transform methods for solving linear ordinary differential equations and convolution type integral equations.

Linear Algebra

Here we'll introduce basic algebraic structures, with particular emphasis on those pertaining to finite dimensional linear spaces and deepen your understanding of linear mappings. We'll also provide an introduction to inner product spaces and bilinear forms.

Differential Equations

We'll introduce you to analytical methods for solving ordinary and partial differential equations so you'll develop an understanding along with technical skills in this area.

Inference and Regression Modelling

This class will:

  • review the concepts of probability distributions and how to work with these
  • present approaches to parameter estimation, focusing on maximum likelihood estimation, bootstrap estimation, and properties of estimators
  • present hypothesis testing procedures, including classical likelihood ratio tests and computer-based methods for testing parameter values, and goodness-of-fit tests
  • introduce and provide understanding of the least squares multiple regression model, general linear model, transformations and variable selection procedures
  • present use of R functions for regression and interpretation of R output
Stochastics & Financial Econometrics

You'll be introduced to the basic concepts of random phenomena evolving in time, from two complementary points of view: probabilistic modelling and data-driven analysis. Presentation of underlying ideas of simple stochastic processes, time series models, and the associated probability theory and statistical techniques will be covered. In addition to applications of the methods to financial and economic systems, including modelling, data analysis, and forecasting.

Optional classes

Applicable Analysis

We'll introduce you to the basic theory and applications of metric spaces, normed vector spaces and Banach spaces, inner product spaces and Hilbert spaces, and bounded linear operators on normed linear spaces.

Mechanics of Rigid Bodies and Fluids

This class will:

  • convey the generalisation of the mechanics of single-particle systems to many-particle systems
  • convey the central ideas of a continuum description of material behaviour and to understand relevant constraints
  • ground students in the basic principles governing three-dimensional motions of rigid bodies
  • convey how the ideas of continuum theory are applied to static and inviscid fluids.
Numerical Analysis

This module will motivate the need for numerical algorithms to approximate the solution of problems that can't be solved with pen and paper. It'll develop your skills in performing detailed analysis of the performance of numerical methods and will continue to develop your skills in the implementation of numerical algorithms using R.

Compulsory classes

Communicating Mathematics & Statistics

This class provides you with experience of the skills required to undertake project work, and to communicate the findings in written and oral form using a variety of sources, such as books, journals and the internet.

Optional classes

Modelling & Simulation with Applications to Financial Derivatives

This class will provide you with an introduction to ideas in mathematics and statistics that can be used to model real systems, with an emphasis on the valuation of financial derivatives. The class places equal emphasis on deterministic analysis (calculus, differential equations) and stochastic analysis (Brownian motion, birth and death processes).  In both cases, in additional to theoretical analysis, appropriate computational algorithms are introduced.  The first half of the class introduces general modelling and simulation tools, and the second half focuses on the specific application of valuing financial derivatives, including the celebrated Black-Scholes theory.

Applicable Analysis 3

This class will present the main results in Functional Analysis, give an introduction to linear operators on Banach and Hilbert spaces and study applications to integral and differential equations.

Statistical Modelling & Analysis

This class will provide you with a range of applied statistical techniques that can be used in professional life.

Fluids & Waves

You'll be introduced to the theory of Newtonian fluids and its application to flow problems and the dynamics of waves on water and in other contexts.

Finite Element Methods for Boundary Value Problems & Approximation

You'll be presented with the basic theory and practice of finite element methods and polynomial and piecewise polynomial approximation theory.

Applied Statistics in Society

You'll be introduced to a range of modern statistical methods and practices used in industry, commerce and research, and will develop skills in your application and presentation.

Mathematical Biology & Marine Population Modelling

Here you'll learn the application of mathematical models to a variety of problems in biology, medicine, and ecology. It'll show the application of ordinary differential equations to simple biological and medical problems, the use of mathematical modelling in biochemical reactions, the application of partial differential equations in describing spatial processes such as cancer growth and pattern formation in embryonic development, and the use of delay-differential equations in physiological processes. The marine population modelling element will introduce the use of difference models to represent population processes through applications to fisheries, and the use of coupled ODE system to represent ecosystems. Practical work will include example class case studies that will explore a real-world application of an ecosystem model.

Mathematical Introduction to Networks

This class will demonstrate the central role network theory plays in mathematical modelling. It'll also show the intimate connection between linear algebra and graph theory and how to use this connection to develop a sound theoretical understanding of network theory. Finally, it'll apply this theory as a tool for revealing structure in networks.

Medical Statistics

You’ll learn new statistical methodology and apply it to real data from medical research studies, with an emphasis on the interpretation of the statistical results in the context of the medical problem being investigated. This skill is necessary for the application of statistics to medical data and differs from the traditional, standard interpretation of statistical textbook problems.

Top 10 in UK for Mathematics, Complete University Guide 2022

We're ranked top 10 in the UK for Mathematics.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

This degree programme is only available to students from South China Agricultural University (SCAU), following successful completion of two years of study on the BSc Statistics, BSc Mathematics or BSc Applied Mathematics with a minimum of 70% average.

English language requirements

A minimum overall English language proficiency score of IELTS 6.0 (with no score below 5.5) is required.

We also accept alternative English language qualifications, please contact us for further information. 

If you need additional support to meet our English language conditions, you may wish to consider our Pre-sessional courses in English.

If you already meet our English language requirements and wish to undertake pre-sessional English classes, you can register for our three-week Online Module 3, which takes place between August and September. This is free of charge if you go on to register on the BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics degree.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

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Additional costs

Class materials (lecture notes and exercise sheets) for the majority of Mathematics & Statistics classes are available free to download. For some classes, students may need access to a textbook. Textbook costs are typically in the £20-60 price range. These prices are dependent on format (e-book, soft or hardback) and whether bought new or second hand.  


All students will receive a 10% tuition fee scholarship.

In addition, up to 10, £2,000 tuition fee scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students from SCAU joining the BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics or BSc (Hons) Mathematics, Statistics and Finance in 2021.

Subject to academic progression, students will receive the £2,000 scholarship in both their third and fourth year of studies at Strathclyde.

There is no application for this scholarship. Successful candidates will be selected based on academic merit.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.

We're shortlisted for University of the Year 2021 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide

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Studying maths helps you develop skills in logical thinking and statistical or strategic knowledge, which are valued by employers across many job sectors.  A degree in mathematics is desirable to a wide range of employers who recruit from any degree subject. It's also useful for those considering a more general business career.

Our mathematics graduates enter industries such as manufacturing, the actuarial, accountancy and banking professions, commerce and government, consultancy and education. Many go on to work as financial analysts, accountants, operations analysts, treasury analysts, auditors and management trainees.

Our Careers Service provide careers information, advice and guidance to help our students and graduates achieve their career goals, with support provided to graduates up to 5 years after graduation. The Careers Service team regularly host on-campus seminars and events which provide opportunities for students and graduates to network with employers and industry professionals.

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based right in the very heart of Glasgow. We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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This degree programme is only available to eligible students from South China Agricultural University (SCAU), following successful completion of two years of study on the BSc Statistics, BSc Mathematics or BSc Applied Mathematics.

Applications can be submitted from the beginning of March until 30 June 2021.

You'll typically receive your offer of admission within 4 weeks of applying.

Our dedicated Admissions Team are available to support you every step of the way.

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Contact us

Dr Jiazhu Pan

Email: jiazhu.pan@strath.ac.uk

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