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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

The Department prides itself on its balance of world-class pure and interdisciplinary research from staff with an international perspective in a friendly dynamic environment. We translate our research into teaching experiences with an emphasis on small groups and approachable lecturers. You can find out more about the department here.

Professor Martin Bees, Head of Department, 6 Sept 2021


Undergraduate study



Wednesday 18 May 2022

We are delighted that all of our research was rated world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in REF2021. Only 3 other mathematics departments in the country achieved 100% 4* and 3* in all three categories: outputs, impact and environment.

PAL in a Pandemic

Thursday 17 February 2022

Dr Jess Hargreaves (Department of Mathematics) and her team have published a paper which looks at how Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) schemes supported groups of mathematics students with their studies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prof Michael Bate to run an Oberwolfach seminar

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Professor Michael Bate alongside colleagues from Aberdeen and Bochum will be running an Oberwolfach Seminar on G-Complete Reducibility, Geometric Invariant Theory and Spherical Buildings on the 5-11 June 2022.

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Postgraduate study




Celebration of Mathematicians

Professor Lewis Fry Richardson

Lewis Fry Richardson was an English mathematician, physicist, meteorologist, psychologist and pacifist who pioneered modern mathematical techniques of weather forecasting. 

In 1926, Richardson was elected Fellow of the Royal Society for “his knowledge of physics and eminen[ce] in the application of mathematics to physical problemsof the atmosphere and other structures”. 

Our research

Finance at York

Students in Trading Room.

The study of finance at York is both interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on delivering public good. Our work covers actuarial science, accounting, econometrics, operations research, and more. With over thirty academics working in this field, our research expertise is split across three academic departments and schools: the School for Business and Society, the Department of Economics and Related Studies, and the Department of Mathematics.

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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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