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Department of Mathematics

World-class research: Quantum cryptography at the Quantum Communications Hub

Emphasis on small group teaching: comprehensive tutorial and seminar system to support students

World-class researchmathematical biologists assemble viruses using group theory

Enthusiastic staff with broad, interdisciplinary research interests

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: Department of Mathematics

Dear 2020 and 2021 Maths graduates,

At the summer 2020 graduation I promised that we would hold a summer reunion for you in 2021. Sadly that no longer looks tenable. I and my colleagues would love to see you again, so please be assured: when we are able to do so, we will hold a reunion event.

With best wishes, 


Professor Niall MacKay, Head of Department, March 23rd 2021


If you have an urgent query please make contact with one of the following teams:

For information on how the University is dealing with COVID-19, please check the Coronavirus webpages.

We are a community of mathematicians from all over the world, engaged in world-class research and committed to excellence in teaching with a special emphasis on small groups and a friendly atmosphere. You can find out more about the department here

Professor Niall MacKay, Head of Department.

Undergraduate study


First demonstration of enhanced security for random number generators

Thursday 11 February 2021

Researchers from the University of York and collaborators in China are a step closer to the commercialisation of next-generation random number generators (RNGs), a key technology used to ensure data security.

Department of Mathematics academics have book “Number Theory Meets Wireless Communications” published.

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Professor Victor Beresnevich and Professor Sanju Velani from the Department of Mathematics, University of York celebrate the launch of their new book Number Theory Meets Wireless Communications.

Funding for improving the socio-technical resilience and trustworthiness of autonomous systems

Monday 7 December 2020

Prof. Julie Wilson is involved in a £3M interdisciplinary project, led at University of York by the Department of Computer Science, that will improve the ability of autonomous systems to reason about the impact of their decisions and actions on technical and social requirements and rules.

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Postgraduate study


Research Associate in Quantum Communications

PhD Studentship in the Mathematics of Superforecasting


Celebration of Mathematicians

Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS

Professor Roger Penrose is an English mathematician, mathematical physicist, and philosopher of science. He was knighted for his services to Science in 1994 and awarded a Nobel Laureate in Physics in 2020 "for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity".  




Our research

Our values

We support the principles laid out in the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme, and aim to create an inclusive, mutually supportive community which enables everyone to do their best work and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.‌

We hold the Bronze Award of the Athena SWAN programme for women in science

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