Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics

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In the following ‘the Course Handbook’ refers to the Mathematics and Statistics Undergraduate Handbook and supplements to this published by the Statistics Academic Committee.

  • 1. The subjects of the Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics shall be Mathematics and its applications, and Statistics.

  • 2. No candidate shall be admitted to examination in this School unless they have either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

  • 3. The Examinations in Mathematics and Statistics shall be under the supervision of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board. The Board shall have the power, subject to this decree, from time to time to frame and vary regulations for the different parts and subjects of the examination.

  • 4.

    • (a) The examination in Mathematics and Statistics shall consist of three parts (A, B, C) for the four-year course, and of two parts (A, B) for the three-year course.

    • (b) Parts A, B, and C shall be taken at times not less than three, six, and nine terms, respectively, after passing or being exempted from the First Public Examination.

  • 5. The Examiners shall classify and publish the combined results of the examinations in Part A and Part B, and in respect of candidates taking the four-year course shall separately classify and publish results in Part C.

  • 6.

    • (a) Part A shall be taken on one occasion only. No candidate shall enter for Part B until they have completed Part A of the examination.

    • (b) In order to proceed to Part C, a candidate must achieve upper second class Honours or higher in Parts A and B together.

    • (c) A candidate who obtains only a pass or fails to satisfy the Examiners in [For students starting before MT 2015: Part B] [For students starting from MT 2015: Parts A and B] together may retake Part B on at most one subsequent occasion; a candidate who fails to satisfy the Examiners in Part C may retake Part C on at most one subsequent occasion. Part B shall be taken on one occasion only by candidates continuing to Part C.

    [For students starting from MT 2015: 7. A candidate on the three-year course adjudged worthy of Honours on both Parts A and B together may supplicate for the degree of BA in Mathematics and Statistics provided that the candidate has fulfilled all conditions for admission to a degree of the University.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2015: 7.] [For students starting from MT 2015: 8.] A candidate [For students starting from MT 2015: on the four-year course] adjudged worthy of Honours on both Parts A and B together, and on Part C may supplicate for the degree of Master of Mathematics in Mathematics and Statistics provided that the candidate has fulfilled all the conditions for admission to a degree of the University.

  • [For students starting before MT 2015: 8.] [For students starting from MT 2015: 9.] A candidate in the final year of the four-year course, adjudged worthy of Honours in both Parts A and B together, but who does not enter Part C, or who fails to obtain Honours in Part C, is permitted to supplicate for the Honours degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Statistics with the classification obtained in Parts A and B together; provided that no such candidate may later enter or re-enter the Part C year or supplicate for the degree of Master of Mathematics in Mathematics and Statistics; and provided in each case that the candidate has fulfilled all the conditions for admission to a degree of the University.

  • 10. The use of calculators is generally not permitted for written papers. However, their use may be permitted for certain exceptional examinations. The specification of calculators permitted for these exceptional examinations will be announced by the Examiners in the Hilary Term preceding the examination.

Part A

In Part A each candidate shall be required to offer Papers A0, A1, A2, A8, A9, ASO, and three or four papers from A3-A7 and A10-A12 from the schedule of papers for Part A.

Schedule of Papers in Part A

  • A0 Linear Algebra

  • A1 Differential Equations 1

  • A2 Metric Spaces and Complex Analysis

  • A3 Rings and Modules

  • A4 Integration

  • A5 Topology

  • A6 Differential Equations 2

  • A7 Numerical Analysis

  • A8 Probability

  • A9 Statistics

  • A10 Fluids and Waves

  • A11 Quantum Theory

  • A12 Simulation and Statistical Programming

  • ASO Short Options

    Syllabus details will be published in the Course Handbook by the beginning of the Michaelmas Full Term in the academic year of the examination for Part A.

Part B

In Part B each candidate shall offer a total of eight units from the schedule of units for Part B (see below).

  • (a) Each candidate shall offer the double unit SB1.

  • (b) Each candidate shall offer a total of at least two units from SB2 and SB3.

  • (c) Each candidate may offer a total of at most two units from SB4 and the schedule of ‘Other units’:

  • (d) Each candidate may offer at most one double unit which is an Extended Essay or Structured Project.

Schedule of Units for Part B

The final list of units will be published in the Course Handbook by the beginning of Michaelmas Full Term in the academic year of the examination concerned, together with the following details.

  • 1. Designation as either ‘H’ level or ‘M’ level.

  • 2. ‘Weight’ as either a unit or double-unit.

  • 3. Method of assessment. Details of methods of assessment for units delivered by other departments will be given elsewhere. Some options may require assessment by oral presentation. The Course handbook will indicate where such details will be specified.

  • 4. Rules governing submission of any extended essay, dissertation or mini-project, including deadlines, provided that these shall always be submitted to the Chair of Examiners, Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford. In addition any submission on a mathematical unit must also be submitted to the Mathematical Institute’s website, details will be included in the relevant Notice to Candidates.

  • 5. Syllabus content.

  • 6. Whether there is a requirement to register or apply for a place to take a unit or double unit, and details of any registration or application procedure.

Part C

[For students starting before MT 2016: 

[For students starting before MT 2015: In Part C each candidate shall offer a total of five units from the schedule of units for Part C (see below), and each candidate shall also offer a dissertation on a statistics project.

  • (a) The five units offered should be from those designated as M level.

  • (b) At least one unit should be offered from the schedule of ‘Statistics’ units.

No candidate shall offer any unit for Part C that he or she has also offered in Part B.]

[For students starting from MT 2015 and before MT 2016: In Part C each candidate shall offer a total of six units from the schedule of units for Part C (see below), and each candidate shall also offer a dissertation on a statistics project.

  • (a) The six units offered should be from those designated as M level.

  • (b) At least one unit should be offered from the schedule of ‘Statistics’ units.

No candidate shall offer any unit for Part C that he or she has also offered in Part B.] ]

[For students starting from MT 2016: In Part C each candidate shall offer a minimum of six units and a maximum of eight units from the schedule of units for Part C (see below), and each candidate shall also offer a dissertation on a statistics project.

  • (a) All units offered should be from those designated as M level.

  • (b) At least one unit should be offered from the schedule of ‘Statistics’ units.

No candidate shall offer any unit for Part C that they have also offered in Part B.]

Schedule of Units for Part C

The final list of units will be published in the Course Handbook by the beginning of Michaelmas Full Term in the academic year of the examination concerned, together with the following details.

  • 1. Designation as either ‘H’ level or ‘M’ level.

  • 2. ‘Weight’ as either a unit or double-unit.

  • 3. Method of assessment. Details of methods of assessment for units delivered by other departments will be given elsewhere. Some options may require assessment by oral presentation. The Course handbook will indicate where such details will be specified.

  • 4. Rules governing submission of any extended essay, dissertation or mini-project, including deadlines, provided that these shall always be submitted to the Chair of Examiners, Honour School of Mathematics and Statistics, c/o Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford. When submitting their Part C dissertation, candidates must submit both paper and electronic versions which must be identical. The latter may be used by the examiners to check for plagiarism. See the Course Handbook for further details. In addition any submission on a mathematical unit must also be submitted to the Mathematical Institute’s website, details will be included in the relevant Notice to Candidates.

  • 5. Syllabus content.

  • 6. Whether there is a requirement to register or apply for a place to take a unit or double unit, and details of any registration or application procedure.