What background do the assessors look for in applicants?

What background do I need to have to apply?

Please see the entry requirements on the graduate admissions webpage.

Applicants should have a good background in probability, statistics, ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra and analysis. Students who started in the previous years typically came from the very top end of their cohort, for example with a First Class degree, or equivalent GPA. Applicants need to demonstrate their aptitude for, and knowledge of, mathematics, particularly in the area of real analysis, through their performances in the admissions test and at interview. Successful applicants have a variety of quantitative undergraduate degrees. Applicants with undergraduate degrees that are not purely mathematical will still be expected to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge to perform well on the programme.

How can I maximise my chances of being offered a place on the course?

The most effective means of optimising your chance of being offered a place on the course is through excellent performances in the admissions test and interview. The assessors are looking for evidence of your mathematical ability and knowledge, however acquired, so you can use self- , as well as formal study, to enhance your knowledge. The FAQ on background above, together with the number of places available and average number of applicants on the right-hand side of the Graduate Admissions website, may give you an idea of how likely you are to be accepted.

I don't quite meet the entry requirements. Can I still apply?

You can still apply if you don't meet the entry requirements. However, you should bear in mind that many of the applicants against whom you will be competing will have met the entry requirements. If you feel your performance has not reflected your potential, please outline in your personal statement any extenuating circumstances of which you wish the assessors to take account.