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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Undergraduate Admissions

Disclaimer: This information is intended as a general guide to the Mathematics Department’s courses and facilities and forms no part of any contract between you and the University except as provided below. The pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate. The University makes every effort to ensure that the information contained here is accurate. Although reasonable steps are taken by the University to provide the courses and services described, the University cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Any course may be altered or withdrawn owing to circumstances beyond the University of Durham's reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in Government policy, withdrawal or reduction of funding, change of Law. The University will take such steps as are available to it to minimise the effect of any alteration or withdrawal of a course. Such steps may include the offer of a place on an alternative course.

Welcome to the undergraduate admissions pages for Durham's Mathematics Department. We hope you enjoy reading about our undergraduate programmes. The pages contain useful information about our wide choice of degrees, what it is like to study Mathematics at Durham and some of the opportunities that it will open for your future. With small group teaching, friendly colleges set in the heart of a beautiful city, an international reputation for exciting research and a stimulating academic environment of the highest quality, Durham provides a unique blend of features to make your university career enjoyable and successful.

Important information about how to apply as well as our standard offer can be found on the Our Degrees tab (Click on "More info" next to the degree programme of interest -- more info can also be found in the alternative offers tab). Please read this before submitting an application. You may find the answer to any further questions on the admissions: faqs tab. Even better, why not arrange a visit to see for yourself! Take advantage of one of our Open Days.

News on the forthcoming Admissions Test:

In order to streamline our admissions procedure, to promote fairness, to enhance the possibility for alternative offers, and to prepare for upcoming changes in the A-level system, the Department is developing a new Admissions Test that we hope to use in our selection procedure. It has been decided however that the Test will not be made publicly available this year, but that it will be trialled "in house". It is proposed that the Test will be made nationally available in the Autumn of 2016. Updates will be posted here when they are available.

Selection Process

Please note that the number of offers we can make is limited and in recent years we have been unable to make offers to all the applicants we had graded as excellent. In order to distinguish between applicants, significant emphasis is placed on evidence of achievement in mathematics at AS-level (or above). We give such evidence much higher weighting than (predicted) achievement in other subjects including (predicted) achievement beyond 3 A-levels. In particular we email all applicants to request UMS marks for all mathematics modules taken so far, irrespective of intention to resit or certification. If you do not provide this information, it is very unlikely that your application will be ranked high enough to receive an offer. Without such information it is very difficult for us to distinguish between the majority of our applicants e.g. while the reference is important, it is very good for most of our applicants.

We encourage candidates to take STEP papers and/or the Advanced Extension Award in Mathematics. Other evidence of ability and enthusiasm for higher level mathematics, including achievements in Mathematics Challenges or Olympiads, is considered favourably.

How we select and requests for feedback

In order to select whom to make offers to, the applications are ranked by a large team of academic members of the Mathematics Department. This ranking is based on evidence of merit and potential. Our main criterion is real ability and experience in Mathematics beyond GCSE level. Almost all applicants will be on course to meet or exceed our standard offer, but in a typical year we will be able to make offers to only the top 40% of the list. Therefore our reply to the vast majority of requests for feedback for unsuccessful applications is simply that the application was ranked in the bottom 60%: these candidates are still eligible, accomplished and in the top few percent nationally but regrettably we cannot make an offer to them. Please bear this in mind before making a specific request for feedback.

Open Day presentations and Alternative Offers

See presentation from our Open Day Presentations regarding the Mathematics Programmes and Admissions Process.

Policy on Deferred Entry

The University generally welcomes applications from students who intend to defer their entry for a year, although there are limits to the number of deferred places on offer.

University Scholarships

Durham University operates scholarship schemes designed to help recruit students with exceptional merit and potential in their academic studies, in music, the arts and sport. Particular arrangements exist for these schemes.

There are a number of scholarships that are available at the moment for prospective Undergraduate students. Please see the following webpages for further information. The scholarshop deadline is 15th January 2015.

Durham University Military Scholarship

The Graham and Joanna Barker Scholarship for Music

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships for Sport, Music and Arts

For further information please contact Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Tel: +44 191 334 6395



Ciência sem Fronteiras

Durham University is one of 70 UK universities participating in the Ciência sem Fronteiras Programme. This scheme awards scholarships to outstanding Brazilian scientists and students for one-year study abroad programmes, full PhDs, Sandwich PhDs and exchange at postdoctoral research level. Further details may be found at:

21 August 2015 is the deadline for the current Ciência sem Fronteiras call for Brazilian students planning to start their studies between March 2016 and June 2016. The decision will be published in December 2015