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Mathematics underpins much of the modern world. It is central to science, technology, medicine, and economics. A maths degree at Trinity will inspire you with the beauty of this powerful subject.
Our students obtain a rigorous understanding of modern mathematics, and are stretched to explore active areas of current research. We encourage a spirit of discovery; regardless of your background, if you have a passion and a talent for mathematics, this is a course that will fascinate you. It is hugely rewarding, and also challenging, so we look for outstanding students who show genuine excitement about the subject.
Trinity takes students for three- and four-year undergraduate courses in Mathematics, as well as the joint school of Mathematics and Statistics. The three-year course leads to a BA, and the four-year course is an integrated masters course leading to the MMath. All students are admitted initially to the four-year course, and the decision to stop after 3 years can be made at any time. Applicants are required to take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT) in November, following which around 3 applicants per place are shortlisted for interview. Those invited for interview typically have two interviews at Trinity and one at another college. As much as possible the interviews recreate the atmosphere of a tutorial, with the time spent solving mathematical problems in discussion with the tutors.
We also welcome strong applicants for postgradaute courses in Mathematics, at either Masters or DPhil level. And postdoctoral researchers working with our Tutorial Fellows are eligible to become associate members of our graduate commonroom. We value our maths community across all stages of learning!
For the first two years, the lectures are accompanied by tutorials or small-group classes (2-6 students), which happen in Trinity. These provide an intensive and personal education – an unrivalled opportunity to discuss work with the college’s academics. Regular problem sheets are set for each module – students submit their solutions to the tutor ahead of the tutorials, which then provide an opportunity to discuss any issues and extensions to the work on the problem sheet. The small-group nature of the tutorials allows us to respond directly to individuals’ strengths and needs, and the tutors enjoy getting to know the students individually. A typical week involves around 10 lectures and 2 or 3 tutorials. The rest of the time is spent on independent study – mostly working on the problem sheets – although in Trinity we strongly encourage students to work together too, to learn from each other and develop communication skills.
The course syllabus is the same across the university, and more information can be found here. The first year involves the same core modules for all students – a mix of pure maths, applied maths, and statistics. Lectures happen at the Mathematical Institute, a short walk away from college, and are accompanied by tutorials, which happen in college. At the end of the first year there are a set of exams (‘Prelims’) which students must pass, but which don’t contribute to the final degree.
The second year follows a similar format, but there is an increasing selection of modules from which students begin to choose. By the third and fourth years, there are many different modules to choose from, with each student charting their own path depending on their interests. The college tutors take an advisory role at this stage, with all teaching – lectures and accompanying classes – taking place in the department along with students from other colleges. The fourth year includes a dissertation on a mathematical or related topic.
Trinity is able to offer financial support (for travel and living costs) to students undertaking internships and other work related to their degree, including for summer research projects. There are also additional funds and dedicated bursaries for eligible students with financial hardship.
A mathematics degree develops logical thought and problem-solving skills that are highly valued by employers across many sectors. Our recent graduates have gone on to a wide range of successful careers including teaching, banking, consultancy, software development, as well as founding start-ups. Many have also gone on to further study (for PhDs or specialist Masters courses).