MSc in Mathematical Sciences (OMMS)


The Oxford Masters in Mathematical Sciences (OMMS) provides a broad and flexible training in mathematical sciences, essential for research and innovation in the 21st century.  The Masters spans interdisciplinary applications of mathematics as well as recognizing fundamental questions and themes.  Oxford has a world-class reputation in the Mathematical Sciences, and this Masters offers students the opportunity to work with an international group of peers, including other mathematical leaders of the future.

The Masters draws on courses in mathematics, statistics and computer science: from number theory, geometry and algebra to genetics and cryptography; from probability and mathematical geoscience to data mining and machine learning.  Students can choose from many different pathways, tailoring the programme to their individual interests and requirements.  Examples of pathways include:

  • research in fundamental mathematics,
  • data science,
  • interdisciplinary research in fluid and solid mechanics,
  • mathematical biology
  • industrially focused mathematical modelling,
  • (stochastic) partial differential equations.

Course Structure

Students attend at least six units worth of courses (with one unit corresponding to a 16-hour lecture course supported by classes) in addition to writing a dissertation (worth two units).  Students are encouraged to work collaboratively in classes, to develop their understanding of the material. Those wishing to extend themselves further might take one or two additional courses. 

The Masters offers a substantial opportunity for independent study and research in the form of a dissertation. The dissertation is undertaken under the guidance of a supervisor and will typically involve investigating and writing in a particular area of mathematical sciences, without the requirement (while not excluding the possibility) of obtaining original results. A dissertation gives students the opportunity to develop broader transferable skills in the processes of organising, communicating, and presenting their work, and will equip students well for further research or for a wide variety of other careers.

The Masters runs from the beginning of October through to the end of June.  Performance on the Masters is assessed by invigilated written examinations and mini projects, and by the dissertation.

[Note: this course is not suitable for students whose primary focus is on mathematical finance. These students should apply to the MSc in Mathematical and Computational Finance.]

The Units

Students will take 8 units, of which 2 units should be a dissertation. You may take an additional 1-2 units if you wish.

Of the non-dissertation units, you may take Mathematics units, Statistics units, and up to 2 units from Computer Science.

To get an idea of which options will be available to students taking OMMS you can take a look at the current course materials pages for the 4th year of the undergraduate course in Mathematics as known as Part C.

Statistics courses can be found here.

The list of Computer Sciences courses offered can be found here.

How to apply

The MSc starts in early October each year.  The admissions process opens on 1st September in the preceding year.  

Applications for the MSc should be made via the University's online graduate admissions form which you can find at stage 7 of the application guide. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the whole graduate application guide before applying.

The University page about the MSc in Mathematical Sciences provides information about deadlines for application to the course, the selection criteria, the fees for the course and the colleges which accept students on the course.

English Language Requirements

Students whose native language is not English or whose first language is English but are not nationals of the UK, Ireland or a majority English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency at the higher level or to request an English language test waiver. For more details see the University page about English language proficiency.

Enquiries about the course should be directed to the course administrator.

Postgraduate Open Day

If you want to come and find out more about the course in person there is a postgraduate open day held each year. More information about the open day can be found here.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the course please contact the course administrator.