Admissions Criteria For the Mathematical Sciences Admissions Group

The following Honour Schools (both three or four year) fall within the aegis of the Group

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Philosophy

and the criteria will be measured with full regard to their differing requirements.

Candidates will be invited to take the Admissions Test and to come for Interview in Oxford* if their application gives evidence of the motivation and ability (including an appropriate mathematical background) to undertake what are demanding courses at one of the world's leading universities, sufficient to offer the possibility of final selection given the overall field of applicants. In the case of candidates whose first language is not English, an English language qualification (such as IELTS level 7) will form part of the admissions requirements.

( * If unable to travel for interviews in Oxford, colleges may arrange for candidates to be interviewed in their home countries via video-conferencing, Skype or telephone.)


During the selection process, tutors will seek a demonstration of the skills and/or the aptitude necessary for the successful study of the course in question together with the motivation to undertake a demanding programme on that course, and will assess these via

(i) the Admissions Test, and

(ii) interviews (when held),

    taking into account the level of relevant existing knowledge and experience.

    Tutors will, in addition to assessing aptitude and technical skills, seek in successful candidates

    A. a capacity to absorb and use new ideas,

    B. the ability to think and work independently, and

    C. perseverance and enthusiasm,

      in each case to be assessed in respect of the course applied for.

      Evidence of the extent to which these criteria have been met will be taken from the performance in (i) and (ii) above, together with

      (iii) past examination records, and

      (iv) references and the personal statements contained both on the UCAS form.

        Candidates will also have the opportunity to present any special factors that they would wish to be considered.