Introduction to Part B Extended Essays

At Part B projects take the form of a 7500-word extended essay and students can opt to undertake a project on either a mathematical topic or a topic related to mathematics. The former counts as a 'mathematical option' and the latter an 'other option'.

The most comprehensive source of information about these projects is the Extended Essay Guidenotes 2023-24

However, some key information and links to other useful sources of information are given below.

Timetable for Projects

Week 4, Trinity term Options Fair - Lecture on project options
15th September Deadline for making initial contact with your proposed supervisor.
12noon Friday, week 0, Michaelmas term Deadline for applying for approval of an extended essay topic.  
Week 2, Michaelmas term Students applying for approval of an essay notified of outcome of application.
Weeks 6–8, Hilary term Suggested time for oral presentations to take place.
Monday, week 1, Trinity term Deadline for submission of extended essay. 

Choosing a Topic, Finding a Supervisor and Submitting your Application

Section 4 of the  Extended Essay Guidenotes 2023-24 provides advice on choosing a topic and finding a supervisor. 

You cannot have a DPhil student supervise your essay. 

Once you have found a supervisor and agreed on your project proposal you need to complete and submit an application form (form,tex).  Forms should be emailed to the Undergraduate Studies Administrator at @email by 12noon on Friday of week 0, Michaelmas term.


Students offering a project are required to give a presentation to their supervisor and at least one other person. The presentation is not part of the final assessment of the project but provides an opportunity to develop presentation skills. It is recommended that the presentation takes place towards the end of Hilary term.

The template presentation below can be downloaded and used to help prepare a presentation in latex.  Further information can be found at the IT help page on Producing Slides and Presentations with Latex.

Presentation Template (tex)

Example Presentation (PDF)

Example Presentation (tex)

Key Sources of Information

Application form: 



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