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Course Details

For the first four terms the Mathematics and Statistics course is identical to the Oxford Mathematics course, up to and including the compulsory core of the second year of the Mathematics course.

In the remainder of the second year, Mathematics and Statistics students have a choice of topics in probability and statistics. The third and (optional) fourth year has no compulsory courses and a wide range of options available from both Mathematics and Statistics.

You can choose to graduate after three years with a BA, or to continue to a fourth year to graduate with MMath. The fourth year includes a dissertation in a topic with a large statistical component. You don’t have to make the decision about BA or MMath until you are in your third year, and progression depends on academic performance.

For more information about the assessment procedures and the syllabus, you can consult the course handbook and syllabus synopses.

1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
(extended terms)
Compulsory first year includes:

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Probability and statistics
  • Geometry and dynamics
  • Multivariate calculus and mathematical models
Current core courses:

  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Algebra and differential equations
  • Metric spaces and complex analysis

Current options:

  • Statistical programming and simulation
  • Selection from a menu of other options in Mathematics
 Current options include:

  • Applied and computational statistics
  • Statistical inference
  • Applied probability
  • Statistical machine learning
  • Statistical lifetime models
  • Actuarial science
  • Wide range of other options in Mathematics
Current options include:

  • Stochastic models in mathematical genetics
  • Network analysis
  • Advanced statistical machine learning
  • Advanced simulation methods
  • Graphical models
  • Bayes methods
  • Computational biology
  • Probabilistic combinatorics
  • Options in Mathematics

Statistics project

First University examinations:
Five compulsory papers
Computational mathematics projects
Final University examinations, Part A:
Five core papers and four or five optional papers
Final University examinations, Part B:
The equivalent of eight written papers including assessed practicals
Final University examinations, Part C:
The equivalent of eight written papers.
Currently upper second in Parts A and B, as well as an upper second in Part B alone, is required to progress to Part C.


The undergraduate course brochure gives some more information about life at Oxford and the application process.