How to Apply

How to apply


A word about our admissions process

A vast amount of nonsense is written about the Oxbridge admissions process. Any university that has more applicants than places to offer must clearly make a selection, and Oxford is no exception. We operate within a carefully designed agreed framework which is as fair and transparent as we can make it. Quite simply, we aim to offer places to the applicants who we think have the greatest potential to do well on our course, which offers an excellent but undoubtedly demanding training in Mathematics. We won't select on any other basis.

Nobody finds university level Mathematics easy. After all, many of the ideas and techniques we study have taken hundreds of years to develop! It takes a combination of intuition, imagination, technical ability and sheer persistence to do well in Mathematics, and these are the qualities we look for. We consider your record to date, detailed on your UCAS form, as well as what we can find out about your potential though our own test and interviews.

The admissions process is in two stages: an aptitude test, open to all candidates and taken at your school or test centre, followed by interviews for shortlisted candidates.

Key dates for 2019 entry

21st April: Mathematical Institute Open Day

28th April: Mathematical Institute Open Day

27th and 28th June, 14th September: University of Oxford Open Day

15th October, 6pm BST: Registration deadline for MAT. See the ATS website for more information about registering for the MAT and finding a test centre.

15th October, 6pm BST: Deadline for UCAS applications. Applicants apply through the UCAS Apply website.

31st October: Applicants sit the MAT.

Mid-December: Shortlisted candidates interviewed in Oxford.

Early January: Candidates receive letters informing them whether they have been given an offer or not.

Which Course?

See which of our four undergraduate degrees (Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics, Mathematics and Philosophy, Mathematics and Computer Science) interests you the most.

Which College?

After you've chosen a course, you can choose a college to apply to. This is a guide to the colleges at Oxford University, from a mathematical perspective.

Maths Admissions Test

Past papers, solutions, and information about how to register for the MAT.


A guide to interviews for Maths and its joint schools at Oxford University.

Our Offer

A guide to the conditional offers made by our department for all undergraduate courses.

Single A-level Mathematicians

Each year a number of students, with a single A-level in mathematics, apply to read Mathematics, its joint schools and Computer Science at Oxford.

Departmental Prospectus

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of commonly asked questions about admissions and studying maths at Oxford.

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.

Undergraduate Open Days

There are two Departmental Open Days for prospective undergraduates each year. The Mathematical Institute also runs a programme of talks during the three University Open Days.

Mathematical Institute Open Days 2019

  • The Mathematical Institute open days in 2019 will be on Saturday 27th April, Saturday 4th May, Wednesday 3rd July, Thursday 4th July and Friday 20th September.

Bridging The Gap

This Bridging The Gap page is mainly aimed at year 13 students who have been accepted by Oxford to read for one of the Mathematics degrees, a joint school or Computer Science. The page contains various material - reading and exercises - covering some of the most important topics relevant to a student about to begin study at university. Some of the material is on a typical further mathematics A-level syllabus, but other topics are also included. This page is still being implemented, with many other articles being planned or in the pipeline.