Top Maths Universities in the UK: The Rankings for Oxford, Cambridge

An Introduction to Maths Univeristies

Once students have decided on a particular maths degree they then have to consider which university they would like to study at and the rankings will play a major part for that. Desirably every student's best problem is deciding whether to go to Oxford or Cambridge but there are others too most definately worth considering.

The UK boasts some of the best universities in the world including some leading ones when it comes to studying Mathematics. Here we take a look at the best in terms of how they are ranked, what they offer plus where they are located. According to the Guardian's 2020 guide Oxford comes top with a rating of 100% followed by Cambridge with 90.5%, a fair difference between the two top UK universities. Oxford has a better student to staff ratio when it comes to Maths which sets them above Cambridge (who lead overall in the ranks for all subjects). There are 9.6 students to every staff member at Oxford, where as at Cambridge there are 15.6 students for every maths staff member. 2% more students get a job after graduating at Oxford than Cambridge (not much in that).

1. University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Oxford University is the oldest English speaking University in the world and is renowned for excellence in every aspect. Located in Oxford itself the university is ranked number two by most of the major university guides when it comes to Maths degrees boasting an overall score of 97.6 following hot on the heels of Cambridge its great rival. Oxford has twenty two thousand students studying at the university with most of its twelve thousand undergraduates hailing from state run schools. Oxford is the winner of nine Queens Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education which is more than any university has achieved in this prize category. Former students of the university include twenty six British Prime Ministers, fifty Nobel Prize winners and one hundred and twenty Olympic medal winners!

Studying Maths at Oxford

Oxford offers four choices when it comes to studying for a Maths degree. Students can choose between Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy or Mathematics and Statistics. Oxford has seventeen colleges to choose from, while all colleges offer a range of subjects but not all colleges offer the same.

When it comes to a Maths degree fifteen of the colleges offer places to students with Blackfriars and Harris Manchester being the exceptions. Eight colleges offer Mathematics and Computer Science, twelve offer Mathematics and Philosophy, while twelve offer Mathematics and Statistics. Please visit the Oxford website in order to view which college offers which courses.

Students who opt for the pure Mathematics course will learn about Maths that can be applied to our surroundings with such subjects as the mathematics of the stock markets included. Many students opt for further study after gaining their degree, while those who don’t find careers in IT, accountancy or consultancy.

Maths and Computing brings together mathematical reasoning with understanding computing as the two subjects go hand in hand together in the workplace. Maths and Philosophy combines the intellectual skills of both subjects, while Maths and Statistics combine to help analyse data, while developing and implementing methods concerning data collection. Graduates may go on to enjoy careers in data analysing or careers in the financial sector.

How to Apply

Applications must be filled in and sent to Oxford before 15th October 2020 by those students wishing to join the 2016 year. Students are required to fill in their UCAS application, while a further test is also required for most subjects with Maths requiring a mandatory admissions test that is held at specific centres or in some cases at students' schools or colleges. Many courses also require written work be submitted too but this does not apply to the Maths courses.

An interview will be arranged for those candidates being considered with those deemed suited to the course criteria being selected to proceed further. Interviewers will be looking for aptitude, technical skills plus the ability to work independently, while students will have the opportunity to ask any questions and provide evidence of why they think they are a good candidate during the interview.

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2. University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge, located in the heart of Cambridge itself, seems to be the cream of the crop in terms of rankings when it comes to studying for a Maths degree. Most league tables including the Times, Telegraph and the Complete University Guide plus organisations that publish their findings in the UK rate Cambridge as the best in terms of entry standards, student satisfaction, graduate prospects and research assessment. Worldwide, Cambridge is ranked fifth for Maths with the top four being all US based universities. Cambridge has over eighteen thousand students from all over the world studying at any one time, has thirty one colleges and fifty one departments.

Studying Maths at Cambridge

A Maths degree that is gained at Cambridge is considered both versatile and marketable with those who study Maths here being in demand from businesses, the academic sphere and commerce. Many students go on to enjoy fulfilling careers in many walks of life including journalism, avionics, meteorology, communications, IT, teaching and financial posts, while faculty members at Cambridge include Nobel Prize Winners too.

Those choosing to study for a Maths degree at Cambridge can either study Maths solely or select to study Maths with a Physics option in their first year. Some 10% of students chose to do this so that after their first year they can switch to Physics. Students may also change to other subjects after their first year of studying Maths but Cambridge recommend that students don't take up Maths unless the switch they wish to make is towards physics or Natural sciences.

How to Apply

Applying to study Maths at Cambridge is similar to applying to all universities except that Cambridge begins its application process earlier. Once students are satisfied that Maths is where their studying future lies then they need to think about which college they want to be based at. There are twenty nine undergraduate colleges that also provide accommodation for up to three years so students need to specify on their UCAS form which one they would prefer.

Entrants for 2016 must have their forms submitted by October 15th 2020. If Cambridge University is considering offering a place to students they will then attend an interview, while applicants must be aware that not all students that attend for interview will necessarily be successful in gaining a place at Cambridge. If students are successful and gain a place at the university they will be informed in January by the college and through UCAS.

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University of Warwick

University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is located in Coventry and offers a superb range of Maths degree courses for students to consider. Warwick is one of the UK's leading universities and ranks fourth in terms of performance in Mathematics. The university has achieved a very high status when taking into consideration the fact that it has only been in existence for fifty years. Warwick boasts its own Mathematics Institute with their undergraduate courses having one of the largest student intakes in the UK. The department is constantly expanding covering a wide range of mathematical sciences.

Warwick also boasts over seventy sports clubs along with many student societies for students to get involved in. The campus offers great accommodation, banks, cafes and restaurants, while it is centrally located for Coventry and the surrounding area. Undergraduate open days are being held at Warwick on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June, Saturday 26th September and Saturday 24th October 2020.

Studying Maths at Warwick

  • There are nine different choices when it comes to studying Maths at Warwick. The course titles are
  • Mathematics G100
  • Mathematics G103
  • Mathematics and Business Studies
  • Mathematics and Economics
  • Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Mathematics and Statistics

All these degree courses are internationally recognised and are hailed for their excellence, flexibility and choice.

The first year of all the aforementioned Maths courses offer the same basic Maths core that facilitates moving into other areas of Maths expertise with ease, while further modules that are optional for candidates may be considered. Warwick's Applied Mathematics equals both Oxford and Cambridge Universities in ranking with Pure Mathematics ranking second. Students here are encouraged to pursue other Maths related subjects with degree courses changing and evolving as research into the subject continues.

How to Apply

Warwick is a very popular choice for students wishing to study a Maths degree therefore getting an application in promptly is advisable. Students must fill in their UCAS application form which will be studied by interviewers along with academic achievements of candidates applying and their personal statement. Warwick may take some time to make a decision regarding entry but will endeavour to keep students regularly updated on how their application is fairing.

Applications via UCAS must be made before 15th January and selectors will choose the course they deem appropriate for each candidate. Students can expect to have their final decision by mid-March, while most of the Maths subjects do not require an interview.  A decision will be made on prospective exam results and other criteria. Further information regarding what each individual course offers and entails can be found at the Warwick website.

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Durham University

Durham University

Located in the North East of England Durham University ranks very highly when it comes to studying for Mathematics degrees. In fact most university ranking websites place Durham in fifth place in the UK, while they are also now ranked eighty first in the world by Times Higher Education an accolade they are very proud of. The university is just two miles from Durham City Centre and offers state of the art facilities for students to enjoy while priding itself on its diversity as it welcomes students from one hundred and fifty six countries around the world.

Studying Maths at Durham

Durham offers a range of Maths related degree courses for students to choose from with a new degree offered recently where students will spend a year in industry gaining practical experience and problem solving skills that will stand them in good stead when applying for jobs in the future. Courses offered at Durham include those that feature a year abroad in a kind of exchange student scheme where foreign students are also offered the same facility.

Many Maths students choose to apply to Durham University and there are around one hundred and thirty students currently studying Maths here. Durham currently offers

  • Maths combining Natural Science three or four year degree
  • Mathematical Science
  • G100 BSc Hons Maths
  • G101 MMath Honours European Studies
  • G103 MMath Honours Mathematics
  • G104 BSc Honours Mathematics European Studies

Students may be able to switch courses from Maths to Natural Sciences at the end of their first year. This is dependent on the modules chosen and the programme specifications.  Durham University also participates in the Science without Borders Programme. Combining Maths degrees is also facilitated with such subjects as Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Philosophy, Physics and Psychology all available.

How to Apply

Those who wish to apply to study Maths at Durham University must apply in the first instance through UCAS. If students have any questions regarding their chosen course they may contact the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor in the department that they wish to study. All the contact details and further information may be found at the Durham University website.

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University of Bath

University of Bath

The University of Bath is ranked around the sixth mark for Maths study excellence with some university ranking sites placing them fourth. The university also picked up awards for "best campus" awarded by the Times Good University Guide 2014. Employment and salary prospects rate highly for past Mathematics students which is a major consideration when choosing which university students wish to study at for their Maths degree.

Bath offers students a well-rounded experience as they offer superb en-suite accommodation along with a theatre, art gallery, state of the art audio visual equipment and a brand new refectory. The university is located in the heart of historic Bath and students will graduate at Bath Abbey which is an amazing medieval church.

Studying Maths at Bath

There are a number of maths courses offered at Bath University. These degree courses include Maths and Physics, Mathematical Sciences, Maths and Computer Science, Maths and Economics and Natural sciences. Maths and Physics, which is an excellent joint degree, offers three four and five year courses some with placements abroad. Mathematical Sciences offers ten different courses with some offering the opportunity to change programmes after one year.

Maths and Computer Science offers five courses some with study abroad provision.  Maths and Economics is a three year course offering excellent grounding for a career in finance, while Natural Sciences involve a four year course where students can shape their degree according to which career path they intend to take.

How to Apply

Once students have selected their chosen subject they can apply online through UCAS. Everything on student's applications goes toward the decision as to whether they are offered a place therefore it's not only their qualifications that are looked but also their personal statement. Students should include anything they think may be relevant on their personal statements.  Any questions can be asked by emailing the "ask admissions" section. Students may track their application via the UCAS website. Open days and campus tour dates may be found at the Bath University website.

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