Degree Courses and Admissions
Autumn term 2020-21 news
This course will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing new and returning students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If students can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, the Department has made plans to still provide them a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.
Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online), known as ‘multi-mode’ delivery. The balance in the ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide you increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.
Find out what changes we’ll be making to this course for 2020–21 to ensure that your programme of study can be delivered safely.
For more information about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus, please see our Covid-19 information for applicants and offer holders page.
Before you decide to study Mathematics, or any other subject, at university level, you should try to discover what it involves. Some topics in university Mathematics are a direct continuation of those at A-level, but others introduce you to new ways of thinking. You will be concerned with the logical and precise structure of arguments, the proper definition of mathematical objects, the design of sophisticated mathematical models, and the legitimacy of computations.
If what attracts you to mathematics is the ability to solve precisely only a narrowly defined set of problems, you should question whether mathematics is right for you. A-level and school mathematics can often be quite “recipe-like”, with a somewhat regimented and recognizable style of exam questions, and which do not really introduce students to “Real Mathematics”.
If you choose to study Mathematics at University, in addition to being able to solve the straightforward questions, you should enjoy mathematics for its own sake and be curious as to how it all fits together. You should take pleasure both in investigating things yourself and in learning about it from others.
To help you decide whether university level mathematics is right for you, you may wish to take a look at the recommended reading list.