## Course overview

BA/MMath Mathematics (3/4 Years)

BA/MMathCompSci Mathematics & Computer Science (3/4 Years)

BA/MMathPhil Mathematics & Philosophy (3/4 Years)

BA/MMath Mathematics & Statistics (3/4 Years)

Typical intake: 15

With around 45-50 undergraduates in the college reading Mathematics or a joint degree, Worcester is one of the largest Mathematics colleges and one whose students perform strongly in Finals examinations.

The College admits up to 15 undergraduates per year to read Mathematics and its associated joint degrees (listed above). Whilst there is no fixed quota among these subjects, there are typically 7-8 Mathematics, 1-2 Mathematics & Statistics, 1-2 Mathematics & Philosophy and 2-3 Mathematics & Computer Science undergraduates each year. The emphasis is very much on support, rather than competition, and the different degree groupings are treated as a unit, both educationally and at the regular subject social events.

The College’s Maths tutors are strongly committed to the distinctiveness of an Oxford education and all teaching within the first two years (with the exception of revision classes) is conducted in tutorials of 1, 2 or 3 students by college tutors. Almost all branches of mathematics are taught within the College; as options become specialized in the third and fourth years, teaching is done in university classes, but again the College’s tutors are able to offer support, advice and revision in a broad range of these subjects.

## Tutors

### Ben Delo Fellow & Tutor in Mathematics and Vice-Provost

Dr Richard Earl

### Loevner Fellow & Tutor in Statistics

Professor David Steinsaltz

### Fellow & Tutor in Mathematics

Professor Endre Süli

### College Lecturer in Mathematics

Elizabeth Hayman

### Senior Research Fellow

Dr Robin Knight

### College Lecturer in Chemistry & Mathematics

Dr Max Marcus

### Applying

Candidates applying for Mathematics and joint degrees will take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT), to be sat in schools and colleges during October, ahead of interviews. (Full details are provided on the Mathematics Department’s website, www.maths.ox.ac.uk). Applicants are then shortlisted on the basis of this test, and information included on UCAS forms, and shortlisted applicants (approximately 30-40% of applicants) are invited for interviews online in mid-December. Shortlisted candidates will have two half-hour interviews with Worcester, as well as at least one other interview with a second college. Both interviews will be on unseen mathematical questions and the tutors are interested in seeing how you think about new problems, explain your thinking, take on board hints and can suggest approaches to the problems. Applicants in Mathematics and Philosophy will have a mathematics interview and a second interview with the Philosophy tutors. The standard conditional offers are: A-levels – A*A*A, with A*s in Mathematics, and Further Mathematics (if taken); IB – an overall score of 39 with 7,6,6 at HL including 7 in HL Maths; Advanced Highers – AAB/AA with A in Mathematics.

The Maths tutors encourage applicants to study whatever Mathematics is available to them at school or college including Further Mathematics, AEA and STEP papers, but recognise that many applicants do not have these opportunities. Such students may find the transition to university mathematics harder, perhaps for a term or so, but perform in examinations as well as any other group. There is a webpage on *Bridging the Gap* on the departmental website with much material to help with the transition to university. In particular the text *Towards Higher Mathematics: A Companion* by Richard Earl provides much extension material for students in their final year before university.

Those interested in Mathematics and Computer Science should also view the entry for Computer Science.

Much more about the mathematical degrees, application and the MAT is available on the department website. There you will also find the departmental prospectus *Studying Mathematics* *at Oxford* which contains useful guidance on university mathematics and preparation for both admissions and the courses themselves. The College’s Maths tutors are happy to answer any enquiries you have about Mathematics and its joint degrees at Worcester College. Any relevant email sent to admissions@worc.ox.ac.uk will be forwarded to them and dealt with as soon as possible.