Students in a maths class

Key facts

Total expected intake
257 (2017 entry)

Applications : Admissions ratio
8 : 1 (for 2015 entry)

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Joint 3rd in the UK based on proportion of world-leading research

Mathematics is the engine of science and engineering. It is the set of ideas, insights and techniques that enable us to understand, analyse and solve problems. It also has an elegance and beauty that fascinates and inspires those who understand it.

We offer a range of mathematics degrees that will develop both your knowledge and your creativity, built around our research expertise in four core areas:

  • Pure Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Statistics

The high quality of the staff in the Department of Mathematics is demonstrated by the number of prizes won by our academic staff and the quality of our graduates.

We are home to several Fellows of the Royal Society and international prizewinners, many of whom are active in teaching and project support, which is strongly influenced by their research expertise.

One of our professors, Professor Sir Simon Donaldson, was knighted in 2012 for services to mathematics, having also previously won the prestigious Fields Medal and the Shaw Prize for Mathematics.

We hold open days several times a year where you can hear talks about the courses and other activities of the Department and the College. Current students lead tours of facilities including our Mathematics Learning Centre for independent and group study. You will also have many opportunities to find out more about us and ask questions.

Choosing a course

There are 11 streams of study available in Mathematics, and four joint mathematics and computing courses. Our BSc and MSci Mathematics degrees are the broadest, giving you the greatest level of flexibility in your choice of optional modules. The MSci in Mathematics allows you to continue your studies to Master's level in the final year. In addition, there are opportunities to pursue teacher training or a Year in Europe.

All students follow nearly the same programme for the first two years, gaining a great breadth of understanding in pure, applied and statistical mathematics. In the third and fourth years, students are allowed to choose options from a large variety of modules, allowing them to specialise under a specific degree coding.

Due to the structure of the programme, it is possible to transfer between the different degree codings once at College, subject to the relevant approval. Additional entry requirements may also apply, such as proficiency in a relevant modern language for study abroad. Thus when applying to the Department, students should only apply to one degree course; there is no advantage to applying to more than one.  

For further information, please visit the Department’s FAQ pages.


Maths studentsMathematics courses

Three-year courses (180 ECTS):

Four-year courses (240 ECTS): 

Joint Mathematics and Computing courses

Three-year course (180 ECTS):

Four-year courses (270 ECTS):