Maths is the study of patterns and structure in the world around us.

Mathematics is the language that underpins the rest of science. 

Maths at Essex is not what you would expect and has a genuinely broad reach; from exploring the economic impact of the social networks of cows, to the mathematical modelling of brain evolution to improve patient care - our research explores issues of global importance. Our students are involved in solving scheduling problems at the Port of Felixstowe, leading the data revolution at the heart of London’s “Tech City”, and the University’s pioneering work on big data. This is your chance to explore issues that have a real impact on people’s everyday lives and the world around us.

Why study here?
  • 100% of our maths graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2021).
  • We have placement opportunities and industry links with top firms such as Aviva, Profusion, Mondaq, MSX International, AXA and Buck Consultants.
  • We are continually broadening the array of expertise in our department, giving you a wide range of options and letting you tailor your degree to your interests.
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"In my first year, I was exposed to new areas of mathematics and economics, and adjusting to this, as well as being away from home for the first time, was a big learning curve. In my second year I applied for industrial placement schemes, captained the men’s tennis team to a league win, and launched an online clothing business with my dad. During my placement at Volkswagen Financial Services, I dedicated time to our business, and received a summer internship with Barclays Investment Bank. I’ve gained skills that will prepare me for the rest of my working life. Barclays have since offered me a place on their graduate scheme and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds."
Leon Philbert BSc Finance and Mathematics, 2019
You may already know how to integrate complicated functions or solve ordinary differential equations, but taking a postgraduate course in mathematics at Essex will provide you with the tools to start thinking by yourself and apply advanced mathematical notions to real-world problems.

Our postgraduate courses are delivered by active researchers across a range of topics from applied mathematics, pure mathematics, applied statistics, applied probability and operational research. 

Among our lecturers at Essex we have experts in innovative methods for teaching mathematics that make the process of learning complex mathematical concepts an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Why study here?
  • No hierarchies, an open-door policy and a dedicated mathematics peer mentoring scheme mean that our students and staff know each other personally.
  • We are serious about our teaching and research, and your lecturers are guaranteed to be at the forefront of current knowledge. We're also at the heart of a revolution in mathematics teaching. 
  • Our students run a renowned Maths Support Centre which offers advice to other departments at Essex and far beyond – we have calls from as far afield as China.
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We are global

Essex is a university with an international outlook. We have students and staff from over 130 countries around the world. Be part of our global community.

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Research in mathematics is about developing the tools and methods to answer some intricate, fundamental questions about the abstract world of maths, and applying powerful tools and ideas to solve real-world problems.

We provide an active and stimulating environment to carry out your doctoral research in mathematics.

We are expert researchers who undertake prestigious ground-breaking research in a wide range of different topics in pure and applied mathematics, from algorithms to analysis, from algebra to animal behaviour, to combinatorics, differential equations, geometry, mathematical physics and more.

Why study here?
  • No hierarchies, an open door policy, and a dedicated mathematics peer mentoring scheme mean that our students and staff know each other personally.
  • From circular Sudoku to mathematical modelling of brain evolution to help improve patient care – our research has real impact.
  • Our students run a renowned Maths Support Centre which offers advice to other departments at Essex and far beyond – we have calls from as far afield as China.
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"Everybody knows each other and is super friendly in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. All the experience I’ve gained from doing research, teaching and supervising has made me realise that I really enjoy academia and want to develop my career as a researcher. I have loved my time at Essex so much. The international student and research communities are open and friendly, so I’ve not felt scared of living in a new country, choosing a new career path and speaking English all the time."
Liudmila Mikheeva PhD statistics student
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Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.