The Course

*Taken from the University Prospectus

In applied mathematics we use mathematics to explain phenomena that occur in the real world. You can learn how a leopard gets its spots, explore quantum theory and relativity, or study the mathematics of stock markets. 

We will encourage you to ask questions and find solutions for yourself. You will need to think mathematically and we begin by teaching you careful definitions so that you can construct theorems and proofs. 

There are two Mathematics degrees, the three-year BA and the four-year MMath. Decisions regarding continuation to the fourth year do not have to be made until the third year. 

The first year consists of core courses in pure and applied mathematics (including statistics). Options start in the second year, with the third and fourth years offering a large variety of courses, including options from outside mathematics. 

What We Look For

A good mathematician is naturally inquisitive and will generally take advantage of any opportunity to further their mathematical knowledge. 

We are most interested in a candidate's potential to think imaginatively, deeply and in a structured manner about the patterns of mathematics. 

Tutors' Research Interests

Our tutors' research interests are in Numerical Analysis, Number Theory and Mathematical Biology, respectively, and their teaching interests cover a wide range of Mathematics in, respectively: Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics. Dr Volker Halbach, a Logician and Fellow in Philosophy at New College specialises and teaches in the areas of Philosophy taken during the first two years of the Mathematics & Philosophy course. Computer Science students and joint course students in Mathematics & Computer Science are tutored for Computer Science by Dr Geraint Jones.

The Savilian Professor of Geometry, Professor Nigel Hitchin, F.R.S., holds a Fellowship at the College, as does Professor Marcus du Sautory, O.B.E., who is Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. There is often also a Junior Research Fellow in Mathematics.

Places Available


We are keen to include in this number students studying straight Mathematics (both three- and four-year courses), Mathematics & Computer Science, Mathematics & Philosophy, Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, and Computer Science & Philosophy. 

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