Maths Admissions at Mansfield College, Oxford
See also
http://www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk/
and also, for information about the Oxford University Maths course and a profile of
a Mansfield student (Dan Harvey),
http://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/courses/math.shtml
and for Maths and Philosophy:
Maths and Philosophy information
and for Maths and Statistics:
Maths and Statistics information
http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/prospectivestudents/undergraduate/
links to the Oxford Maths Institute Website
Mansfield College
Mathematics Mathematics and Philosophy Mathematics and Statistics
Tutors:
Dr Janet Dyson, Fellow in Mathematics
Derek Goldrei, Lecturer in Mathematics
Dr Jonathan Marchini, Senior Research Fellow in Statistical Genomics
The College admits about six
mathematicians per year. Our students have a strong academic record and over
the past decade they have done particularly well with around 43% getting firsts,
41% upper seconds and the remainder lower seconds. Our students have been
particularly successful over the past three years with 60% getting firsts.
Although most of our successful
candidates have A grades in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics Alevels by
the time they arrive in Oxford, about a quarter have a single Alevel in
Mathematics or other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Irish Leaving
Certificate or the International Baccalaureate. Such candidates are very much
encouraged to apply. They have to work hard to catch up, but a number have gone
on to get First Class Honours in Finals. If you can work independently you will
find this a great advantage at university and particularly those not doing
Mathematics as a double subject at Alevel should try to do some reading on
their own.
We accept candidates from a
wide variety of educational backgrounds and always make allowance, in the
admissions process, for the amount of help candidates have received with their
preparation. We are looking for candidates with academic potential and
motivation, who have the necessary perseverance and are able to think for
themselves.
There are three tutors in
Mathematics: Janet Dyson, with interests chiefly in analysis and differential
equations, Derek Goldrei whose interests are mainly in mathematical logic and
algebra, and Jonathan Marchini who specialises in statistics. Mansfield is
situated within a few minutes walk of both the Mathematical Institute and the
Radcliffe Science Library.
All candidates will be set a
test. The form of the test may vary from year to year but for some specimen
tests with sample solutions and a past test see:
http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/prospectivestudents/undergraduate/specimentests/indexold
Candidates generally have one
interview at Mansfield, though occasionally there is a second interview.
Candidates will also have an interview at another college. The majority of the
interview will be spent talking about mathematics and you will be asked to work
through two or three problems on a white board. We expect to have to give some
help with these and we want to see how quick you are to take a hint, how well
you understand the material you have learnt at school or college, and whether
you can think for yourself and absorb and use new ideas. We are looking for
potential rather than a large mass of accumulated knowledge.
Those wishing to read Maths and
Philosophy will also have an interview in Philosophy and those wishing to read
Maths and Statistics will also have an interview in Statistics.
