Studying at Mansfield

 

  • Eight undergraduates join Mansfield to study Mathematics and Mathematics & Statistics each year.
  • You’ll be part of a 20+ community of Mansfield Mathematics students.

 

You’ll be taught by a range of Mathematics tutors at Mansfield – situated within a few minutes’ walk of the Mathematical Institute, the Statistics Institute and the Radcliffe Science Library. Our students have a strong academic record, particularly over the past two decades. Around 50% have gained First Class honours in their finals.

Introduction to Mathematics

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"I always liked problem solving and the more creative aspects of thinking involved in maths. In year 10 I attended some masterclasses with the Royal Institution led by different academics or experts each week on various branches and applications of mathematics. I was amazed by the sheer variety of what could be done with maths and how it is fundamental to every aspect of our universe – it truly pops up everywhere, in places and ways that are often unexpected – and I wanted to take it to degree level to learn more."

Anna Monger, Mansfield Mathematics student

How to apply

Most of our successful candidates have A star grades in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics A-levels – or a high grade in the International Baccalaureate – by the time they arrive in Oxford. Likewise, some have school-leaving qualifications from outside the United Kingdom, with high grades.

However, not everyone has had the same opportunity to study as much mathematics at school level, but it is still possible to meet the Oxford requirements. You’re still very much encouraged to apply – you’ll have to work hard to catch up before arriving to study at Oxford, but the ability to work independently will then be a great advantage at university.

Check the Oxford requirements on the Maths Department website.

We accept candidates from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and always make allowance, in the admissions process, for the amount of help candidates have received with their preparation. We’re looking for candidates with academic potential and motivation, who have the necessary perseverance and are able to think for themselves.

All applicants sit a test. The form of the test may vary from year to year:

Check specimen tests with sample solutions on the Maths Department website

If you’re shortlisted, you’ll have one interview at Mansfield and an interview at another college. The majority of your interview at Mansfield will be spent talking about mathematics, and you’ll be asked to work through two or three problems while explaining your thinking.

We expect to have to give some help with these and we want to see how quick you are to take a hint, how well you understand the material you’ve learnt at school or college, and whether you can think for yourself and absorb and use new ideas. We’re looking for potential, rather than a large mass of accumulated knowledge.

University of Oxford Mathematics course page Mathematical Institute How to apply

 

Mock interview for Mathematics

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Your Mathematics Fellows and lecturers

Our team of Mathematics tutors at Mansfield have a wide range of specialisms and research interests.

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Dr Aurelio Carlucci

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Stipendiary Lecturer in Mathematics

Dr Aurelio Carlucci

Dr Carmen Constantin

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Supernumerary Fellow in Mathematics

Dr Carmen Constantin
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Professor Ian Griffiths

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Janet Dyson Fellow and Professorial Fellow in Industrial Mathematics

Professor Ian Griffiths
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Professor Jon Chapman

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Professorial Fellow in Mathematics and its Application

Professor Jon Chapman
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Professor Peter Keevash

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Professorial Fellow in Mathematics

Professor Peter Keevash
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Dr Andrei Constantin

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Stipendiary Lecturer in Physics

Dr Andrei Constantin

Torin Fastnedge MSci

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Non-stipendiary lecturer in Mathematics

Torin Fastnedge MSci

Useful resources for students

Find out more

Our Access and Outreach team have put together a range of resources to help you get to know Mansfield, your subject, and your potential Oxford application.