Department

Mathematical Sciences

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Mathematics in the world, mathematics for the world.

With specialisms including pure and applied mathematics, data science, statistics, and actuarial science, maths at Essex has a broad reach.

From exploring the economic impact of cow social networks to the mathematical modelling of brain evolution to improve patient care; from solving scheduling problems at the Port of Felixstowe to leading the data revolution at the heart of London’s “Tech City” and the University’s pioneering work on Big Data – our research explores issues that have a real impact on people’s everyday lives and the world around us.

Maths graduates are always in demand due to the wide range of employers seeking their highly valued skills. Our degrees in mathematics, statistics, actuarial science and data science provide you with a fantastic platform to enter a range of interesting sectors. As a growing and influential department, we still make sure our staff and students know each other personally – we are a true academic family.

Whether you study at undergraduatepostgraduate or research degree level, you graduate with the Essex mindset that maths is far more than an academic discipline: maths is everywhere.

We are based in the university's new STEM Centre in the heart of Colchester campus. With our open door policy, collaborative workspace for students, and excellent staff-student relations, we pride ourselves on our reputation as a friendly and open department.

Our work with business

Our Advisory Board draws on expertise from industry and our research staff to inform our courses. 

We also collaborate with business on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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Why choose us?

Mathematics at Essex is ranked 14th in the UK for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2020)
89% of our maths students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020)
University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
Free language courses, study abroad and placement year opportunities
Placement opportunities and industry links, including Aviva, Profusion, Mondaq, and AXA
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UoTY winners 2018
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Professor Berthold Lausen
Essex is a thriving university where you will be able to enjoy the use of new facilities such as our £13m STEM building. Our new home in the STEM building and our industry partners will help us to develop our outstanding performance on student employability. 
Professor Berthold Lausen Head of department
Our research

Research in our department is organised into two main groups, data science and mathematics. Both groups reflect the major fields of mathematical research undertaken by our staff and cover areas including pure and applied mathematics, mathematics education, operational research, and actuarial science.

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Colchester Campus Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
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