The course covers classical topics in pure and applied mathematics as well as probability and statistics, with an increasing emphasis on the latter in later years. The first two years of the course are almost exactly the same as the Mathematics degree.

Mathematics and Statistics at LMH

Lady Margaret Hall provides an excellent academic environment for undergraduates reading Mathematics and Statistics. The College has one of the largest undergraduate cohorts doing Mathematics and has excellent library facilities to support the School. We have a tutor who works in the Department of Statistics. There are a number of graduate students doing the MSc in Statistical Science or studying for a DPhil in the Department of Statistics.

Prof Christina Goldschmidt, Tutor in Statistics, won the University's Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and 2016. Prof Michael Monoyios, Tutor in Mathematics, won a Departmental Teaching Award in 2014 and a University Teaching Award in 2007.

Admissions requirements and course information

A*A*A with the A*s in Mathematics and Further Mathematics (if taken). More information on other requirements, how to apply, and a typical week can be found here and here. Visit the website of the Department of Statistics.

Admission to this course is joint with Mathematics, and applicants do not choose between the two degrees until the end of their fourth term at Oxford. At that point, all students declare whether they wish to study Mathematics or study Mathematics and Statistics. Further changes later on may be possible subject to the availability of space on the course and the consent of the college.

Career prospects

Some past students have gone on to careers in the financial and actuarial industries, others have gone into teaching, and some have pursued doctoral research.

What our students say

Oxford is certainly an excellent place to develop mathematically. With LMH’s financial and academic support, I conducted mathematical research in America and Oxford in two summers, presented papers at two academic conferences, and published two papers. But if I had found only mathematics in Oxford, that would have been disappointing indeed. Studying with passionate people opens vistas, and for me they included politics and film. I co-chaired the Oxford Chapter of Democrats Abroad and was honoured to be selected to attend the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium. 

While Oxford afforded me many opportunities, I was most grateful for LMH’s medicinal benefits; a stroll in the gardens along the Cherwell soothed my headaches better than any pharmaceutical palliative.

Sunil Abraham