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Mathematical Sciences is a thriving, friendly department of around 60 permanent staff with an annual intake of about 150 Single Honours undergraduates plus many Joint Honours students.

Our Department is situated on the Science Site to the south of the City centre, within easy reach of all Durham Colleges and is close to the University Library.
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We set the highest standards in research-led education, linking research and education in distinctive and creative ways.  The Complete University Guide and Guides published by The Guardian, the Times and UKuni rank Durham in the UK’s top 10 both as a University and for Mathematics.

We offer a balanced honours degree programme which allows choice from a wide spectrum of pure mathematics, applied mathematics (including mathematical physics) and statistics. Our courses can also be taken in combination with other subjects through the Natural Sciences programme, a route followed by around 180 students per year.

The overall aim of our honours mathematics programmes is to train our students as members of the community of professional mathematicians. Our programmes aim to develop students' capacity for critical thinking, problem-solving and independent learning, which will enable our students to meet a variety of challenges. We seek to develop both the generic and subject-specific skills required to equip our students to pursue a range of careers.

Opportunities for students to develop their understanding of mathematics as a professional practice and to prepare for work are not only provided by the formal degree programme. The Department works closely with its students through the undergraduate MathSoc to attract exciting external speakers for its undergraduate colloquium programme.

During the 10 years to 2027 the Department aims to have doubled its permanent staff and UG numbers without compromising on the quality of student entry tariffs or the high calibre of the researchers we recruit. We will have the ability, time and infrastructural support to enable the delivery of world-leading research across the breadth of the mathematical sciences in conjunction with the provision of a top quality student learning experience.