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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics at Durham

Mathematical Sciences is a thriving, friendly department of around 60 permanent staff with an annual intake of about 150 Single Honours undergraduates plus many Joint Honours students. The department is situated on the Science Site to the south of the City centre, within easy reach of all Durham City Colleges and is close to the University Library.

We offer a balanced honours degree programme which allows choice from a wide spectrum of pure mathematics, applied mathematics (including mathematical physics) and statistics. Our courses can also be taken in combination with other subjects through the Natural Sciences programme, a route followed by around 180 students per year.

Durham Alumni

A bright future

As a Durham graduate you will leave the University having acquired much more than a simple technical proficiency in your subject. You will have been exposed to the elegance of mathematics as an intellectual discipline and to its enormous power as a tool for solving scientific problems, and encouraged from a very early stage to take pride in the presentation of your work.
Your course will help you to produce logical arguments and express yourself precisely, and to actively enjoy solving problems. These are qualities which will make you attractive to potential employers.


At Durham you will be taught by some of the top international leaders in mathematical research and have the opportunity to see many important areas of cutting edge mathematical thought and application during your degree. The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of the strongest research units in the UK -- in the most recent UK assessment of research outputs the Department was rated extremely highly on both the Impact and the Intensity of its research.

Durham mathematicians are actively engaged with a wide variety of research areas, including Pure Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Numerical Analysis, Probability and Statistics, and this leads to a vibrant set of choices in the later years of your studies. A list of staff, together with their research interests, may be found here.