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Mathematics and Statistics at Oxford

About the Course

The University of Oxford offers an undergraduate course in Mathematics and Statistics. The course is constructed in belief of providing quality education. This is a combined degree course in the two disciplines of Mathematics and Statistics.

Statistics aims at making sense of data. The study of statistics copes with the theory pertaining to the characteristics of a population to statistics drawn from a sample of its members. Statistics is an intellectual discipline in its own right. It is an important tool in various other fields of study. Many students choose Statistics because of the wide choice of career options.

Statistics at Oxford

The Department of Statistics at Oxford is one the leading Statistics departments in the UK according to the Government Research Assessment Exercise in 2008. The department has 26 academic staff. Some of them work in development of fundamental statistical probability and methodology. The department has a large research group working on inference and models in evolution and genetics and their applications, for instance, concerning human genetic disease and variation. Other groups deal with image analysis, pattern reorganization, medical, networks, financial applications and actuarial. These interests are indicated in the lecture courses, which are available to undergraduates in the third and fourth year.

Career Opportunities

Some of the graduates have careers in statistics and the closely associated field of operational research. Students with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics are in great demand in the financial and insurance services. Students whose studies have included a considerable component of applied probability and statistics are also highly demanded by the recruiters.

Recently, about thirty-five percent of Oxford Mathematics graduates have joined the finance and finance associated sectors and comprises an actuarial consultant and a management analyst for a management consultancy firm. Ellis, one of the Oxford graduates is presently working as a strategist for Macquarie Capital Securities Limited. She has been working as a strategist in Hong Kong since 2008 where she is involved in trading models, portfolio trading and equity index sales. The degree in Mathematics and Statistics has helped her to develop quantitative and analytical skills.

Entrance Requirements

  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 39 points, comprising core points
  • Or any academic equivalent

The department expects that candidates to have Mathematics to A-level, Higher Level or Advanced Higher in the IB or any other equivalent. Candidates are advised to have Further Mathematics.

Application Procedure

Candidate have to follow the application procedure as mentioned in the how to apply page of the university website. The information mentioned below provides specific details for students applying for the Mathematics and Statistics course.

Written Test

Candidates do not need to submit any written work when they apply for this course. However, they should appear for the Aptitude Test in Mathematics on the prescribed date by the university. For further information, candidates are advised to see the university website.


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