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Universities that offer good Pure maths courses

I know certain unis specialise in pure and applied but where would be the best to go for a broad range of pure modules that are pretty well taught?
Original post by bj07
I know certain unis specialise in pure and applied but where would be the best to go for a broad range of pure modules that are pretty well taught?

How much of a broad range are you looking for? I'd suggest firstly thinking about what kind of grades you'll get, and then thinking of the universities to which you'll apply. Once you've narrowed those down, you'll want to look for the modules offered. You'll want to see quite a lot from the following:

Real Analysis, Differential Equations, Complex Analysis, (some form of) Functional Analysis, Measure theory, Analytic Number Theory.
Linear Algebra, Group Theory, Rings & Modules, Galois Theory, Algebraic Number Theory.
Metric and Topological spaces, (Algebraic) Topology.
(Differential) Geometry, Algebraic Geometry.
Knot Theory.
Lie Algebras.
Representation Theory.
Graph Theory.
Category Theory.

Obviously, not all course will be available everywhere, but if somewhere has a small amount from this (by no means comprehensive list) then it obviously won't be a great place to go for a broad range of pure courses.

Knowing how well these courses will be taught is an entirely different and all together harder task. As it will change on who takes the specific course when you take it. You could look at the subject specific teaching rankings/student satisfaction and compare the universities you are interested in. Though personally I'm not sure how much credence I'd give to them at all really. Ask students on open days is another option. However, having taken lectures from people from a variety of universities, there are good and bad lecturers everywhere you go.

My advice would be to find courses you think you'll like, then compare if you'll be happy living there for 3 or 4 years. If you still have competition, try and do some digging in respect to teaching quality. Though from personal experience, no matter the quality of the teaching, it is going to be the people on your course who are going to help you the most, so I wouldn't worry too much about getting the "best" teaching.
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