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Key facts

Postgraduate students 2016–17
Taught Master's: 180
Research: 220

Staff : Student ratio 2016–17
1 : 12.5

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
3rd (joint) in the UK based on proportion of world leading research

The Department of Mathematics is one of the strongest and most active in the UK.

We're also one of the largest, with 750 undergraduates undertaking a broad range of BSc and MSci courses, 150 MSc students and 150 PhD students.

Our teaching staff comprises 80 academic staff (including 40 Professors), some 70 Research Associates/Fellows, and a steady flow of international visitors. We also have strong links with external organisations, especially with the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries, the government statistical service, retail and investment banking, and the hedge fund sector.

The principal aim of the Department is to train professional mathematicians to pursue the study of scientific and technological problems by mathematical methods, and to undertake research. Our research is organised into four sections:

  • Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics (including Numerical Analysis)
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics

These sections support our extensive PhD programme, as well as helping us to keep our MSc courses at the cutting edge of the field.


The Department has an access grid node, enabling us to share live postgraduate-level lectures with similar nodes in Oxford, Warwick, Bath and Bristol.

We have excellent computing facilities in the Department, and the College’s central Library holds an extensive mathematics collection.

Study opportunities

The Department offers a number of study options to help you take your knowledge to the next level.

Courses and research

Master's courses

MSc courses

Research programmes

Below are some example of research topics that are currently being studied, or have been studied in the Department in the recent past.

For more information about the research that is taking place across the Department, please see our website.

Pure mathematics

Applied mathematics and mathematical physics


Mathematical finance