Mathematics & Statistics (in partnership with ZUEL) BSc

Statistics is the science of collecting, analysing, presenting and interpreting data. Mathematics is a vast and ever-growing subject which incorporates successful explorations of numerical, geometrical and logical relationships.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Statistics (in partnership with ZUEL) BSc (Hons) 4 year degree

Programme structure

Years 1 and 2

Students will study years 1 and 2 of the BSc Statistics at ZUEL

Year 3

In your third year you will take the following courses:

  • Inference (10 credits)
  • Linear models (10 credits)
  • Introduction to R (10 credits)
  • Principles of probability & statistics (10 credits)
  • Generalised linear models (10 credits)
  • Data analysis (10 credits).

You will also choose courses worth 60 credits from:

  • Mathematical methods (20 credits)
  • Metric spaces and basic topology (20 credits)
  • Analysis of differentiation and integration (10credits)
  • Writing and presenting mathematics (10 credits)
  • Methods of complex analysis (10 credits)
  • Algebra (20 credits)
  • Dynamical systems (10 credits). 

Year 4

In your fourth year you will work on an individual project worth 20 credits and take the following courses:

  • Stochastic processes (10 credits)
  • Computational Inference (10 credits).

You will also take courses worth 80 credits from current Mathematics and Statistics options.

Statistics options include courses on modelling, design, inference, sampling and databases and a range of applications including biostatistics and environmental statistics.

Mathematics options include:

  • Mathematics options include:
  • Algebraic and geometric topology (20 credits)
  • Functional analysis (20 credits)
  • Number theory (10 credits)
  • Partial differential equations (20 credits)
  • Mathematical biology (20 credits)
  • Differential geometry (20 credits)
  • Topics in algebra (10 credits)
  • Further complex analysis (10 credits)
  • Numerical methods (20 credits)
  • Mathematical physics (10 credits).

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2024

Students should consult the ZUEL website for details of the entry requirement to year 1 of the programme.

For entry to Level 3 (Honours) ZUEL students will typically have grades of 80+ in their first two years of study.

English language

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test
  • IELTS One Skill Retake accepted.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

School Qualifications

  • iGCSE English or ESOL 0522/0500, grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English A SL5 or HL5
  • International Baccalaureate English B SL6 or HL5
  • SQA National 5 English or ESOL, grade B
  • SQA Higher English or ESOL, grade C
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, English Language grade 4
  • West African Examination Council, Senior Secondary School Certificate, English grade C6

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-sessional courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

Further information about English language: School of Modern Languages & Cultures: English for Academic Study

Career prospects

Our graduates have statistical, computational, numerate and presentational skills which are applicable in many fields such as medicine, education, transport, agriculture, engineering and economics. They are employed in a variety of posts such as quality engineer, actuary, accountant, credit risk analyst, clinical statistician, statistician, statistical programmer, teacher and operational researcher. Others go on to undertake postgraduate degrees.

Many of our graduates go on to careers in the financial services sector or computing, or undertake postgraduate study. Others are employed in industry, using the modelling and problem-solving skills gained on the programme. Our recent graduates have been employed by:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Grant Thornton
  • Alexander Sloan
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Credit Suisse.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Students will pay tuition fees directly to ZUEL for the first two years of study.

Tuition fees from Level 3 (Honours) will be paid to the University of Glasgow:


The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

University of Glasgow- ZUEL Scholarship

This scholarship is for students transferring to the University of Glasgow from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law as part of our articulation agreement.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

Students should apply directly to ZUEL for entry to year 1.

During their second year of study students may apply directly to the University of Glasgow for Level 3 (Honours).

You will require a copy of your transcript showing courses already completed and those in progress in the first two years at ZUEL; a copy of your English language test result and a copy of the photo page of your passport.

We would encourage students to apply in January/February for September start.

  • Application form: coming soon
  • Application deadline: 30 June

Students who have yet to complete year 2 of their programme at ZUEL, or obtained the necessary English language qualification may receive an offer of a place conditional on meeting these two requirements. There is no need to wait to obtain these to submit an application.

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