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Mathematics at Oxford

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It is possible to take either a 3-year course (BSc) or 4-year course (eg., MMath). You always apply for the 4-year course, but decide in 2nd year or 3rd year whether you wish to continue to the 4th year, which is subject to you attaining a 2:1 or higher in the BSc part of the course (at least 60% weighted average from 2nd and 3rd year).

The degrees available are: Mathematics (BSc or MMath) Mathematics and Statistics (BSc or MMathStat) Mathematics and Computer Science (BSc or MMathCompSci) Mathematics and Philosophy (BSc or MMathPhil)

It is possible to switch between the first two courses at any point during the first two years, depending on the modules taken in 2nd year. Maths and CompSci students spend half their time in Maths and half with the CompSci department, and the same goes for Maths and Philosophy (these are joint degrees). Maths and Stats students do not have to do much Statistics until 3rd year, when they can specialise heavily if they wish, and spend more time in the Stats department.


The usual route of entry to study Mathematics at Oxford is A*A*A at A Level, including an A* in Mathematics. If your school or sixth form offers Further Mathematics, you are expected to have taken it, and this is what the second A* should be in.

In order to get an interview, your predicted grades and personal statement are taken into consideration as usual, in addition to your results in the Mathematics Aptitude Test (MAT), which is given by the University and sat in your school.

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The Mathematical Institute is an impressive building which was built in the last few years, called 'The Andrew Wiles Building', named after the Oxford mathematician who proved Fermat's Last Theorem in 1995 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiles%27_proof_of_Fermat%27s_Last_Theorem).

The undergraduate part of the Institute fills the spacious basement area, which is filled with light from geometric glass ceiling designs. The lecture halls are big, with sound systems, floor to ceiling whiteboards, and projector screens.

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