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Newcastle University

Joint Honours Psychology and Mathematics

UCAS Code: C8G1

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,A,A

including Mathematics (at grade A) and preferably Biology, and excluding General Studies. Two science A levels are preferred. We include Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Mathematics as science subjects. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels we require a pass in the practical element. A GCSE science at a minimum grade B or 6 is required.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

including 15 credits each in mathematics, human biology and a third subject, preferably a science. A Newcastle University Mathematics and Statistics pre-entry course may also be required.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2-D3,D3,D3

including Mathematics at grade D3 and preferably Biology. Two science subjects are preferred. We include Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Psychology and Chemistry as science subjects. GCSE science at a minimum grade B or 6 is required.

We welcome applications from students offering an Extended Project and value the skills of research and independent learning that it is designed to develop. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account as part of your application profile, but we will not usually include it in offer conditions for this degree programme.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

with three subjects at Higher Level grade 6 or above including Mathematics. At least two sciences at Higher Level are preferred. We include Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Psychology and Chemistry as science subjects. At least one third of all subjects taken must be science/mathematics.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H1,H2,H3

to include Mathematics at grade H1 and preferably Biology (minimum grade H2). At least two sciences are preferred. We include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics as science subjects.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A

Advanced Higher Maths grade A required.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B-A,A,A,A,A


Advanced Higher Mathematics (grade A) required. AAAAA-AAABB at Higher Grade, preferably including Biology. Two sciences at Higher Grade are preferred. We include Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Mathematics as science subjects. A science is required at National 5, minimum grade B (or grade 2 Standard Grade or Intermediate 2 equivalent). Where a candidate bypasses the assessment for National 5 qualifications, a minimum of grade C in a science Higher is required. Scottish qualifications can be taken in more than one sitting.

UCAS Tariff

56-165

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Mathematics

Psychology

This BPS-accredited degree provides a thorough understanding of mathematical methods that psychologists use to explain and predict human behaviour. In Psychology you will explore why humans and animals think and behave as they do, with topics including cognitive psychology, neuroscience and the psychology of financial decision-making. In Mathematics you will develop a thorough grounding in topics and techniques such as differential equations and probability.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Newcastle)

Department:

School of Psychology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
high
Mathematics
80%
med
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

95%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
85%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
C

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
90%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Mathematics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Business, research and administrative professionals
19%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
10%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Health professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Mathematics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£24k

£24k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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