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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Mathematics

  • Start Date

    October

  • Course Duration

    9 Months

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    See website

  • Last Updated

    08 August 2018

Course content

The Oxford Master's in Mathematical Sciences (OMMS), provides a broad and flexible training in mathematical sciences.

Oxford has a world-class reputation in the mathematical sciences, and this master's degree offers students the opportunity to join out current fourth year undergraduates and to work with an international group of peers, including other mathematical leaders of the future.

This course draws on subjects in mathematics, statistics and computer science: from number theory, geometry and algebra to genetics and cryptography; from probability and mathematical geoscience to data mining and machine learning. You have the opportunity to choose from many different courses, tailoring the programme to your individual interests and requirements.

You will attend at least six units worth of courses (with one unit corresponding to a 16-hour lecture course supported by classes) in addition to writing a dissertation (worth two units). You will be encouraged to work collaboratively in classes, to develop your understanding of the material. Those wishing to extend themselves further might take one or two additional courses. 

The master's offers a substantial opportunity for independent study and research in the form of a dissertation. The dissertation is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor and will typically involve investigating and writing in a particular area of mathematical sciences, without the requirement (while not excluding the possibility) of obtaining original results. A dissertation gives students the opportunity to develop broader transferable skills in the processes of organising, communicating, and presenting their work, and will equip students well for further research or for a wide variety of other careers.

The Mathematical Institute is proud to have received an Athena SWAN silver award in 2017, reflecting its commitment to promoting diversity and to creating a working environment in which students and staff alike can achieve their full potential. The Department of Statistics is currently applying for a silver award. The departments offer extensive support to students, from regular skills training and career development sessions to a variety of social events in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.

This course runs from the beginning of October through to the end of June. The majority of lecture courses on the master’s are assessed by invigilated written examinations, although a minority of courses are assessed by a take-home exam known as a mini-project. The dissertation work culminates in a written report of approximately 25-35 pages and constitutes two of the minimum eight units you are required to take to complete the course.

OMMS students will be able to choose from numerous courses on offer at the Mathematical Institute and Department of Statistics, as well as a maximum of two from the Department of Computer Science. The course on offer in the 2018-2019 academic year can be found here.


Visit the Oxford Master's in Mathematical Sciences ('OMMS') page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

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