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I'm looking into Cambridge and Oxford at the moment, but i was wondering what are other good uni's to study maths at?

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Warwick, Bristol...
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You often hear the abbreviation COWBI applied to maths: Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Bristol and Imperial
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Warwick, Bath, Bristol and Southampton looked quite good. Warwick probably more so than the others, but they also want STEP like Cambridge
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You often hear the abbreviation COWBI applied to maths: Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Bristol and Imperial
I thought it was just 'COWI'.

When was Bristol added? :holmes:
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You may be interested in this article by Bill Lionheart.
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I thought it was just 'COWI'.

When was Bristol added? :holmes:
COWI is more well know, but I have heard the term COWBI banded about on TSR. I think bill_lionheart did a big thing on this in the mathematics subforum on universities.
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Warwick, Bath, Bristol and Southampton looked quite good. Warwick probably more so than the others, but they also want STEP like Cambridge
They don't want STEP like Cambridge. There is a big difference between 1/1 in II/III and a 2 in STEP I
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I'd heard of COWI but not COWBI. Either way you won't go far wrong picking any of those 5.
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I thought it was just 'COWI'.

When was Bristol added? :holmes:
When it turned out they have more research money than the next two biggest maths departments combined :p:
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Edinburgh as well
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Imperial?
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UCL also
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St. Andrews
Everyone always forgets St. Andrews
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University of Strathclyde
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St. Andrews
Everyone always forgets St. Andrews
Because it isn't...
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Greenwich University!
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COWI is more well know, but I have heard the term COWBI banded about on TSR. I think bill_lionheart did a big thing on this in the mathematics subforum on universities.
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You may be interested in this article by Bill Lionheart.
Yes. Mia culpa. COWI was pretty standard abbreviation informally - sort of like saying "Oxbridge" but for maths. I posited that we should start to consider Bristol in the same group at least on several important indicators, although they are not yet as strict on entrance requirements for undergrad degrees. In my opinion there is some clear water between COWI+B and the next cluster.

By the way I don't want to imply Bristol is necessarily better than Imperial but COWBI is at least pronounceable. And the ordering in COWI is itself hotly debated -- which means you very much have to decide what you value if you are choosing between them!

And let me add the usual caveats, which I hope are in my essay on choosing a uni to study maths, but especially that choosing the hardest course to get on that you can manage might not be the best approach. I haven't read all the posts on this thread yet, but usually on TSR there is enough wisdom around to not be swayed too much by a league table approach.
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I'd say Cambridge, Warwick, Imperial and Oxford are the best

Bristol, Bath and Southampton are also good
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