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Mathematical Sciences Pathways

The School of Mathematical Sciences is a broad-based school with world-class research in Applied Mathematics, Operational Research, Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Theoretical Physics. The modules on offer in our Study Abroad pathways reflect this breadth and excellence and allow each student to create a programme of study tailored to their mathematical interests and strengths. The programmes provide students with both mathematical knowledge and skills in analytical and structured thinking and in problem solving.

Each module will typically consist of three lectures per week with another weekly class focusing on problem solving. Assessments are a mixture of end-of-semester examinations, mid-term tests, projects and assignments.

Duration:One semester or one full academic year
Specific entry requirements for Mathematics: Good background knowledge of calculus (single variable and multivariable) and linear algebra.
Specific entry requirements for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (MSOR): Good background knowledge of calculus (single variable and multivariable) and linear algebra, basic knowledge of probability and statistics.


The Mathematics pathway allows a student to study across the complete breadth of Mathematical Sciences modules offered at the University of Southampton. You will develop your skills in analytical, abstract, and structured thinking in a programme that covers the full range of mathematics from geometry and topology to simulation and queues, and from design of statistical experiments to relativity, black holes and cosmology. There are over 40 modules on offer, with the programme continually adapting in line with the latest developments in research and in how mathematics is used in business and industry.



There are over 40 Mathematics modules available, across the whole breadth of Mathematical Sciences undergraduate modules.

For a full list, check the modules listed on the Undergraduate Mathematics Course webpage.

Some modules may be subject to change or availability.


Linked Master’s programmes


Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (MSOR)

Master’s Progression Pathway

This is a more structured programme focussing on Statistics and Operational Research (OR), enabling you to develop the analytical and quantitative skills required by businesses and organisations, spanning public and private corporations both large and small. There is a strong focus on modelling and optimisation, often in real world examples where variability and uncertainty has a key role to play.

Semester One Semester Two
Optional: Optional:
MATH2003 Group Theory MATH2010 Statistical Modelling I
MATH2011 Statistical Distribution Theory MATH2012 Stochastic Processes
MATH2013 Introduction to Operational Research MATH2014 Algorithms
MATH2039  Analysis MATH2038 Partial Differential Equations
MATH2040 Financial Mathematics MATH2044 Fields and Fluids
MATH3016 Optimization MATH2049 Geometry and Topology
MATH3033 Graph Theory MATH3017 Mathematical Programming
MATH3044 Statistical Inference MATH3052 Mathematical Biology
MATH3085 Survival Models MATH3084 Integral Transforms
MATH3090 Structure and Dynamics of Networks MATH3088 Complex Analysis

Some modules may be subject to change or availability.


Linked Master’s Programmes

MSc Actuarial Science

MSc Data and Decision Analytics

MSc Operational Research

MSc Operational Research and Finance

MSc Operational Research and Statistics

MSc Statistics*

MSc Statistics with applications in Medicine*

*Applicants must study Statistical Modelling I and Statistical Inference in the Study Abroad programme to progress to these Masters

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