Information for Part A Students

This page contains information for second year students and is primarily for Mathematics, and Mathematics and Philosophy students. You are also encouraged to consult the undergraduate handbook and examination conventions for your course. The information may be of interest to other joint school students but please also consult the website of the Department of Statistics or the Department of Computer Science as appropriate. 

Key Dates

Core and Optional Courses in Part A

Lectures

Options Fair

Options for Part B 2020-21

Language Classes

Key Dates 

Michaelmas Term

 

Hilary Term

 
Week 2, Monday 5pm     

Deadline for Mathematics & Philosophy students to apply to be examined in an optional subject requiring special approval.

Week 4                                             Online examination entry will usually need to be completed this week

Trinity Term

 
Week 3, Friday Trinity term lectures finish
Week 5 Part B options fair resources available
Week 11, Friday (5pm) Deadline for registering for Part B options 

Core and Optional Courses in Part A

Details of which core courses you need to take in Part A and which optional courses are open to you can be found in the schedule of units in Part A for Mathematics students or Mathematics & Philosophy students.

To help you decide which ASO courses to choose, the following PDF icon Guide to Short Options is available. 

Lectures

The lecture list will be published termly and a timetable specific to your year of study will be made available online.

In Michaelmas term 2020, all lectures will be pre-recordered and available in the week they would normally take place. The recordings can be accessed through the Mathematical Institute menu bar via Members>Students>Lecture Capture. You will require your SSO to access the lecture capture system.

Options Fair

Options Fair videos: Log into Panopto and go to 2020/2021 > Options Fair folder (last updated: 13:00 24/05/2021)

Part B options offered in 2021-2022: File Part B Maths Options list

If you have any questions regarding any of the Part B Maths options, please use the Options Fair: Ask a question form

Statistics options

Projects - Options Fair resources

Please get in touch with Dr Richard Earl at richard.earl@maths.ox.ac.uk with your questions about project options. 

Options for Part B 2021-22

    Mathematics

    Part B Mathematics students must offer 8 units for examination selected from the schedule of units for Part B.  We will get in touch in Trinity Term and you will be asked to register for the options you intend to take by the end of week 11.  You may alter the options you have registered for after this but it is helpful if your registration is as accurate as possible. Options Fair resources will be released online in Trinity term and you have have an opportunity to submit a questions to the 2021-22 lecturers using the Options Fair: Ask a question form

      Mathematics and Philosophy

      Part B Mathematics and Philosophy students must offer the following for examination:

      • four units from mathematics schedule 1 (of which two must be B1.1 Logic and B1.2 Set Theory);
      • three subjects in philosophy (of which two must be 122 and either 101 or 102);
      • either two further mathematics units from schedules 1 and 2 combined or one further subject in philosophy.

      We will get in touch in Trinity Term and you will be asked to register for the mathematics options you intend to take by the end of week 11.  You may alter the options you have registered for after this but it is helpful if your registration is as accurate as possible. Options Fair resources will be released online in Trinity term and you have have an opportunity to submit a questions to the 2021-22 lecturers using the Options Fair: Ask a question form

      The list of Philosophy subjects will be published in the Examination Regulations.

      Registering for Courses

      You will register for courses through the department's website.  You will be sent an email to let you know when registration is open. 

      Students who register for a course or courses for which there is a quota should consider registering for an additional course (by way of a "reserve choice") in case they do not receive a place on the course with the quota. They may also have to give the reasons why they wish to take a course that has a quota and provide the name of a tutor who can provide a supporting statement for them should the quota be exceeded. Where this is necessary students will be contacted by email after they have registered. In the event that the quota for a course is exceeded, the Mathematics Teaching Committee will decide who may have a place on the course on the basis of the supporting statements from the student and tutor, and all relevant students will be notified of the decision by email. 

      Pathways

      By and large Part B options lead naturally to one or more related Part C options in the fourth year. The most obvious exceptions to this are the options

      • BSP Structed Projects
      • BO1.1 History of Mathematics
      • BN1 Mathematics Education

      Any student taking two of these three options (taking all three is not permitted) should realize that this may limit or make difficult a choice of options in the fourth year. The only current means of continuing with the history or pedagogy of mathematics in the fourth year is via a dissertation.

      Language Classes

      Part A Maths/Maths & Philosophy students may apply to take optional fast-track language classes run by the Language Centre. Follow the link for further information on the fast-track programme and funding.