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 2018 entry
22nd April: Mathematical Institute Open Day
29th April: Mathematical Institute Open Day
28th and 29th June, 15th September: University of Oxford Open Day
15th October, 6pm BST: Deadline for UCAS applications. Applicants apply through the UCAS Apply website.
Early November: 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.