Mathematical Sciences

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Maths in the real world

Our Department was one of the first to be established when our University opened in 1964, and now 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 undergraduate or postgraduate level, you graduate with the Essex mindset that maths is far more than an academic discipline: maths is everywhere.

Emeritus Professor John Dowden was the first student of the University of Essex in 1964. We are a friendly and open department, and we take great pride in our excellent staff-student relations.

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?

88% of our students are in professional employment or postgraduate study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017)
University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
Free language courses, study abroad and placement year opportunities
We are ranked top 15 in the UK for mathematics (Guardian University Guide 2019)
Placement opportunities and industry links, including Aviva, Profusion, Mondaq, AXA and Buck Consultants
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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
Latest news
Economic and Social Research Council awards Essex new round of funding to boost research impact
31 Jan 2019
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20 Dec 2018
Maths textbooks donated to African universities
01 Aug 2018
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Contact our Department of Mathematical Sciences
Colchester Campus Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
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Telephone: 01206 873355