Maths is the study of patterns and structure in the world around us.
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.
"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."
We are expert statisticians who undertake prestigious ground-breaking research. From exploring the economic impact of the social networking of cows, to advancing our understanding of crowd behaviour by modelling a zombie apocalypse; from identifying key factors in the regeneration of recession-hit towns, to being at the centre of the University’s pioneering work on big data; we are at the heart of a revolution in mathematics teaching.
Members of our department are active in research across a range of topics from the disciplines of applied mathematics, pure mathematics, applied statistics, applied probability and operational research.
"The journey of a PhD student is just like a roller coaster, so make sure you take the time to celebrate the wins and reflect on the losses. My PhD involves examining the process of skeletal muscle activation/deactivation by developing novel mathematical methods to extract dynamic information from image data. The most enjoyable aspect of my work is the flexibility it gives me as an individual and being able to deepen my understanding in the field of Bayesian statistics, which I find particularly interesting. In the future I plan to work in the industry as a Data Scientist, on various projects related either to macroeconomics or finance."
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