Studying Mathematics offers students the opportunity to delve into both theoretical and applied mathematics.
Below you will find information about the specific degree courses offered by Oxford University and Cambridge University to study Mathematics, how to prepare, and how Oxbridge Interviews can help you with your application.BOOK COURSE
Cambridge offers a degree course in Mathematics and is ranked as the second-best university in the UK to study Mathematics according to the Complete University Guide.
The application process is highly competitive with six applications per place. To be offered a place, you generally need to get A*A*A at A Level (or equivalent) and to have studied Mathematics A-level.
Oxford is ranked top in the UK for studying Mathematics according to the Complete University Guide.
They also offer the following joint-honours courses: Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy, and Mathematics and Statistics.
The application process is highly competitive with 12% of applications successful. To be offered a place, you generally need to get A*A*A at A Level (or equivalent) and to have studied Mathematics A-level.
To prepare for your Mathematics application, you must demonstrate your motivation for the subject and specific interests. You can do this by reading beyond your school curriculum. Our interviewers recommend:
- 'The Magical Maze' by Ian Stewart
Practice interviews for Maths applications are critical. You wouldn’t sit an exam without doing a mock, so don’t place yourself in an interview without having experienced a practice interview first.
Thomas (Mathematics, Oxford)
Thomas completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Lincoln College, Oxford. Since graduating, he has worked as an actuary.
Thomas, why did you choose Mathematics?
"It was a close call between Maths and Chemistry. I was about as good at each, but I preferred Maths so went with that. I didn't really consider the employability bit that much at all, but it turns out Maths (and Chemistry) both do really well here."
What’s your advice to students applying to Mathematics?
"Do several past papers (under timed conditions) so that you are ready for the entrance test. For the interview, get in as much practice as possible. Getting used to sketching graphs is by far the most useful thing you can do here."