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Faculty of Mathematics


In the third year, there are 35 lecture courses, and a computational project. As in the second year, students decide how many courses to take: usually three or four a term. Again, there is no fixed number for examination purposes.

At the end of the year, there are four three-hour examinations, and reports are submitted for the computational projects course.

Examples of course topics

The courses include some whose content may be guessed at from the titles, such as:

  • Number Theory;
  • Coding and Cryptography,
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Cosmology
  • Logic and Set Theory
  • Principles of StatisticsWaves

and some whose content remains obscure unless you have already encountered these topics:

  • Galois Theory (advanced group theory in which it is proved that you can’t in general solve a quintic equation); 
  • Algebraic Topology (in which properties of similar shapes - such as doughnuts and teacups - are classified); 
  • Asymptotic Methods (how functions behave at large values of their arguments); 
  • General Relativity (a theory of gravity); 
  • Stochastic Financial Models (how to predict unpredictable markets).

See a full list of courses here.