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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

My colleagues and I expect to be teaching online for the immediate future, and are working hard to make sure that everyone has both the teaching materials and the interactive sessions they need to support, and enable them to engage fully in their learning.

We cannot run the in-person teaching sessions we enjoy, but we aim to create the best possible online alternatives, and to keep our friendly atmosphere, personal contact and small-group teaching.

Professor Niall MacKay, Head of Department, January 5, 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


PhD Studentship in the Mathematics of Superforecasting


Mathematician of the month

Professor Caucher Birkar

Professor Caucher Birkar is a UK-based Iranian Kurdish mathematician, who won the Fields Medal for his contributions to algebraic geometry in 2018.  He is currently a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.


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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