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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Sciences at Durham offers a unique blend of high quality teaching and research in pure mathematics, theoretical physics, numerical analysis, biomathematics, statistics and probability theory. We pride ourselves on combining world-leading research with dedication to the learning experience of our undergraduate and postgraduate students. The curriculum and degree structure is frequently revisited and modernized to provide our students with the best possible mathematical and general skills, so that they adapt swiftly in a rapidly changing professional environment. For example we now have a new degree programme with a year in industry that will give interested students practical experience of problem solving in a commercial environment as well as enhance their employability.

The Department has a long tradition of attracting high calibre scholars from overseas, who contribute actively to broadening our academic and pedagogical vision, while facilitating the smooth integration of our growing cohort of international students. We have a well-established optional programme that includes a year abroad in one of our partner universities and in exchange we play host to students from our Erasmus partner universities. We are in the extremely fortunate position of having a highly committed and enthusiastic staff, and a fantastic set of students. The atmosphere is vibrant, inspiring and conducive to excellent scientific performance.

Each year, we welcome about 130 students who embark on a three year BSc or four year MMath degree that culminates with the completion of a year-long project, which introduces them to the ethos of research and can be a springboard for future PhD studies. We also teach a similar number of Natural Sciences students who combine the study of mathematics with other sciences throughout their degree. They too have the chance to do an in-depth project with us in their final year. There are about 30 students on our two taught MSc programmes.

We are constantly seeking new challenges, whether they arise within our core disciplines or at the interface with the physical and life sciences. Through our active participation in the Centre for Particle Theory, the Institute of Particle Phenomenology, the Biophysical Science Institute, the Durham Energy Institute, the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience and the Institute for Advanced Research Computing, we are broadening our interdisciplinary portfolio and are resolutely engaging in constructive dialogue and concrete scientific projects with colleagues in other departments and schools at Durham and further afield. We also run a very successful consultancy that is one of our main gateways to industrial partnership.

Professor Anne Taormina
Head of Department