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About the Department of Mathematical Sciences Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is based at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and provides both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in mathematics. Studies are broad based with an emphasis on the application of mathematics in areas such as finance, statistics and operational research. 

The department regularly tops the league tables for UK University Mathematics departments in student satisfaction with our teaching. We provide a friendly and supportive environment for our students using a mix of active personal tutoring and innovative projects such as our Maths Arcade where students and staff meet informally to play competitive strategy games and discuss mathematical problems. As well as providing up-to-date and applicable mathematics content, our taught programmes also ensure that students have good employability skills through the engagement of students in regular group activities, mentoring activities, interview practice, our mathematics business game, and support for work placements. We have an enthusiastic student-led Mathematics Society (MathSoc) and many of our students work on campus supporting university activities as student ambassadors. The department's teaching is highly regarded: its staff include a National Teaching Fellow, two University Teaching Fellows and a winner of the Times Higher Education Innovative Teacher of the Year Award.

Students intending a career in teaching mathematics can choose a final-year course option which places them in local schools as mathematics teaching assistants. This is a popular choice and an excellent preparation for subsequent teacher training courses.

The department has highly rated research at an international level with prize-winning research groups in areas such as the computer modelling of pedestrian evacuation, and multi-physics modelling of a variety of industrial applications. Our Fire Safety Engineering Group won the 2014 Guardian University Award for Research Impact. Statistics and Operational Research is a key research area for department staff as well as areas such as numerical mathematics, computational finance, and the teaching of mathematics in higher education. This activity feeds in distinctive research-based content into our postgraduate degrees – the MSc in Applicable Mathematics and the MSc in Computational Finance – providing a route into further research or into professional careers using mathematics.