Years 12-13

Philosophy Plus Science

Students at Philosophy Plus Science

Date: January

Audience: Year 11 and Year 12 students

What is chaos? What is infinity? Can machines think? The links between Science and Philosophy are broad and deep, extending well beyond the obvious overlaps in logic, artificial intelligence, and ethics. This taster day provides an opportunity to find out more about how science and philosophy intertwine. More specifically, how Computer Science, Physics, and Mathematics all have one thing in common, Philosophy. This event is an opportunity for students who are considering applying for a joint degree in these subjects, and want to find out more.

For more information and booking see: Philosophy Plus Science Taster Day

Further Maths What Next?

Students at Further Maths What Next? in a large lecture theatre

Date: March and July

Audience: Year 12 (March) and Years 11 and 12 (July)

Studying Further Maths A-level, but not sure what you want to do at University? Want to know a bit more about Maths–related degree subjects that don't appear on the school curriculum? Oxford's Mathematical Institute, Departments of Computer Science, Statistics and Engineering Science are delighted to welcome A-level students, from UK schools, to the "Further Maths — What Next?" event. The day draws together subject areas from across the University who are looking for prospective students with a real aptitude for Maths. Attendees will attend a range of short taster sessions on subjects that list Further Maths as either a 'highly desirable' or 'helpful' A-level for Oxford applicants to have.

For more information and booking see: Further Maths What Next?

It All Adds Up

Date: January
Audience: Girls in Years 9-11 (day 1) and Years 12-13 (day 2)

It All Adds Up are two separate one day conferences for girls interested in maths. The days consist of a mix of workshops and lectures, aiming to inspire the attending students to continue with mathematics. The days are free to attend.

Problem Solving Matters

Problem Solving Matters

Developing the problem solving skills necessary for the Mathematics Admission Test and the Test of Mathematics for University Admission

This course for year 12 students from state-funded schools, academies and colleges who are interested in applying for places at Oxford University, Imperial College, Durham University and Warwick University to study Mathematics.

Students applying for places to study Mathematics or Computer Science courses (including joint honours) at Oxford University and any Mathematics undergraduate course at Imperial College, London will be required to sit the Mathematics Admission Test (MAT) as one part of the admissions process. Students applying for Mathematics at Durham University or Warwick University may be required to sit the MAT or TMUA (Test of Mathematics for University Admission) examination.

Statistics Taster Day

Date: March or April

Audience: Year 12 students

The increase in digitally available data over the last decade has created a need for analytically able professionals who can handle and make sense of large sets of data. Statisticians are in ever-growing demand for their knowledge and skills, and can work in a wide and interesting range of areas, including technology, health, genetics, social science, the civil service and transport as well as the more traditional routes of insurance and finance.

Statistics at university is very different from that learned at school. It is far more mathematical, but also provides the opportunity to work with large datasets and using custom software to analyse data and produce results that can be used to better understand our world. This taster day explores some of the lesser-known areas of Statistics and the ways that it can be applied to many different fields.

The day will include two workshops given by members of the department exploring different areas of Statistics, lunch in a college, a college tour and information on the Oxford admissions process.

Open Days

Oxford Open Days sign

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.

2018 Mathematical Institute Open Days

Saturday 21st and 28th April 2018 (booking required).

2018 University-wide Open Days

The next University-wide open days will be on Wednesday 27 June, Thursday 28 June, Friday 14 September 2018.


UNIQ Summer Schools

UNIQ students in a lecture

The UNIQ summer schools are aimed at year 12 (or equivalent) state school/college students who want to learn more about Oxford and the courses here. We run three UNIQ summer schools -- two on "Matrices, Markov Chains, and Modelling" and one on "What are the Chances?" which is held jointly with the Department of Statistics. For more information, including how to apply, see the UNIQ website. Applications open in early December and the deadline for applications is late January. To apply you should be intending to study Mathematics to A2. Further Maths is useful, but not essential.

Students on the course have said they enjoyed learning about new areas and being able to apply this in independent situations, meeting other mathematicians, the problem solving competition, and how much more welcoming and accessible Oxford now seems. 


PROMYS Europe at the University of Oxford is an intensive six-week summer immersion in mathematics for mathematically talented pre-university students. Need-based financial aid and travel reimbursement are available thanks to support from our partners. Applications open early in the year and close at the end of March.

We seek European students aged at least 16 who would benefit from the opportunity to delve deeply into fundamental mathematical questions within a richly stimulating and supportive community of fellow first-year students, returning students, undergraduate counsellors, research mentors, faculty, and visiting mathematicians. First-year students focus primarily on a series of very challenging problem sets, daily lecture, and exploration labs in Number Theory. Advanced seminars and numerous mini-courses and guest lectures tackle a wide range of topics. Guest lecturers in 2015 included Professors Sir Andrew Wiles and Ben Green.

Oxford Mathematics Alphabet

The Oxford Mathematics Alphabet is an outreach project showcasing the amazing and wonderful research going on at the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford.


nrich logo

NRICH has hundreds of rich mathematical problems and investigations, all freely available on their website, organised by topic and age range. They produce themed collections of their resources - you might like to try Be a Mathematician! (primary), Thinking Mathematically (secondary), or Prepare for University (upper secondary).

Underground Mathematics

Underground Mathematics screenshot showing the different branch lines

Underground Mathematics provides free web-based resources that support the teaching and learning of post-16 mathematics. It is funded by a grant from the UK Department for Education and based at the University of Cambridge.

We aim to help make post-16 mathematics a richer, more coherent and more stimulating experience for students and teachers alike.

The resources are free for all users.

Further Maths Support Programme

FMSP Let maths take you further, managed by MEI

Unable to take Further Maths at school? Want to develop your problem solving skills? Further Maths Support Programme Area Coordinators, covering the whole of England, work with schools and colleges to support and promote the study of AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics and to arrange Further Mathematics tuition for students when their schools and colleges cannot provide it themselves. Have a look at their website to see what events are being run in your local area. In Oxford we run Year 12 Masterclasses, Problem Solving Evenings, CPD for teachers, revision sessions and more!

Arranging a visit to or from Oxford

If you're a teacher interested in bringing students to the Mathematical Institute, or you'd like to arrange a visit to your school from one of our departmental members please fill in our online form. Alternatively, if you'd like to do something involving maths and university life you can contact your link college to arrange a visit. If you're unsure who your link college is, please see the regional college outreach page on the University of Oxford's website.

If you want to be informed about the latest outreach events going on at the Mathematical Institute please sign up to our mailing list by emailing our schools liaison officer

You can find a complete listing of outreach events going on in Oxford at the university's outreach calendar and a complete list of Oxford and Cambridge events at the Oxford and Cambridge Collaborative Outreach Network.