Studying at Essex
Welcome to the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The department teaches
courses in mathematics, statistics, and operational research.
Come to our upcoming visit days:
- 13 February 2013
- 6 March 2013
- 24 April 2013
Applicants can book a place on a visit day through the
Why Study Mathematics?
The attraction of mathematics is that it is a
discipline where precise propositions lead, through
elegant arguments, to far-reaching consequences.
Mathematics has been described as the "queen of the
sciences" — but that does it a disservice:
mathematics underpins not only the physical and
biological sciences, but also the social sciences.
For many, it is the way in which mathematics
interacts with so many other subjects, that is its
Support if English is not your first language
If you don't meet the undergraduate entry requirements to study Maths, our International Academy offers
pathways with extra language and subject support that can help you with entry
to a first year course.
Read what students past and present have said
about the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Mathematics at Essex
A graduate with a good mathematical training is a valuable addition in a wide
range of occupations. Accountancy, banking and computer programming might be the
A, B and C of professions where mathematical training helps, but there are
countless other areas, ranging from environmental science to market research,
and from finance to sports science, in which mathematical knowledge is vital.
The central role of mathematics, servicing the needs of other disciplines, is
reflected in the courses on offer at Essex. As a consequence of the research
interests of the staff, there is an emphasis on the applications of mathematics,
with joint degree schemes involving both social science (accounting, economics,
finance and management) and science (computing). Mathematics at Essex is
therefore primarily for the student looking to learn a subject that will be
useful in a later career. However, the emphasis on applications should not be
taken as a sign that mathematics cannot be studied for its own sake — the BSc
Mathematics degree has always been our most popular degree.
Last modified on 08 May 2013.