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Mathematics and Computer Science

This is a three or four year course, leading either to a BA degree after three years, or a Masters degree after four years. Students decide in the summer before their third year whether they are going to stay for one or two more years.

The Department of Computer Science is currently reviewing its second and third year course structure. We expect these changes to be in place from 2017/18. The pages on this website reflect the expected changes to the course. For information on the current course structure, please see this page.

On the right is a short video clip in which our tutor and students talk about their understanding and passion with mathematics and computer science here at Oxford.

Click on the text to find out more about each part of the course:


First year Core Computing
(50%)
Core Mathematics
(50%)
Five examinations
Second year Computing Courses
(50%)
Mathematics Courses
(50%)
Group
project
Six examinations
Third year Computing options
(25-75%)
Maths options
(25-75%)
Ten examinations
Fourth year
(optional)
Computing options
(25-75%)
Maths options
(25-75%)
Compulsory Computer Science project (37%)
or Maths dissertation (25%)
Three exam papers
(or two + project report)


(The percentages shown reflect the amount of time students will typically spend on each part of the course.

When applying, if you do not know whether you will want to leave after three or four years, it is best to apply for the four year course, as doing so makes sure of local authority funding for all four years should you need it.