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Mathematics and Computer Science at Oxford


Mathematics and Computer Science is a joint degree that offers the opportunity to combine an appreciation of mathematical reasoning with an understanding of computing. Mathematics is a fundamental intellectual tool in computing, but computing is increasingly used as a key component in mathematical problem-solving. The course concentrates on areas where mathematics and computing are most relevant to each other, emphasizing the bridges between theory and practice. It offers opportunities for potential computer scientists both to develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical foundations of their subject, and to acquire a familiarity with the mathematics of application areas where computers can solve otherwise intractable problems. It also gives mathematicians access to both a practical understanding of the use of computers and a deeper understanding of the limits on the use of computers in their own subject.


Mathematics and Computer Science can be studied for 3 years, leading to the award of a BA degree, or for 4 years, leading to the award of Master of Mathematics and Computer Science. The 1st year and part of the 2nd year of the course are spent acquiring a firm grounding in the core topics from both subjects; students are then free to choose options from a wide range of Mathematics and Computer Science subjects. In the 2nd year students take part in an industry-sponsored group practical. The 4th year of the Mathematics and Computer Science degree provides the opportunity to study advanced topics and undertake a more in-depth research project. You do not need to decide when you apply, and you will not be asked until your 3rd year to choose between the degrees.


During the 1st part of the course, your work is divided between lectures (about ten a week), tutorials (about two a week), and practical classes (about two sessions a week). In tutorials, you have the opportunity to discuss ideas in depth with an experienced computer scientist or academic advisors, usually with just one or two other students. You will be expected to spend a considerable amount of time developing your own understanding of the topics covered in lectures, answering questions designed to check your understanding, and preparing for your tutorials. As the course progresses, you will also begin to work in small classes (up to ten people) on more specialized topics. In the 2nd year you will take part in an industry-sponsored group design project. You will spend about a third of your time in your 3rd and 4th years working on an individual project on your own choice of topic.


This course gives training in logical thought and expression, and is a good preparation for many careers. About 20% of Mathematics and Computer Science graduates tend to go on to further study. Recent graduates secured positions as software and hardware professionals, in research, finance and investment analysis, and include a product controller for an international bank, an actuarial consultant, and an accountant.

(from the official web-site of University of Oxfordhttp://www.ox.ac.uk/)

VII. According to text B, are these statements true, false or not mentioned?

1.Oxford offers a double degree in Mathematics and Business Administration.

2.Mathematics and Computing are interrelated and interdependent fields.

3.Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science can be obtained in 4 years.

4.Mathematics and Computer Science is one of the highly sought-for degrees at Oxford.

5.Junior students are free to have optional courses.

6.Students pursuing Master’s degree have to carry out in-depth research projects.

7.About once a week students meet with their instructors to discuss ideas in depth.

8.About 20 % of Mathematics and Computer Science graduates enter post-graduate school.

9.The fee for the tuition is rather high.

10.In the final year students take part in an industry-sponsored group practical.


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