About us 

watson-cropped-185x139The School of Mathematics is one of seven schools in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The school is situated in the Watson Building on the main Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham. There are about 50 academic staff, 15 research staff, 10 support staff, 60 postgraduate students and 600 undergraduate students.


  • The school conducts research in a broad range of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. There are flourishing research groups in algebra, analysis, applied analysis, combinatorics, fluid dynamics, numerical analysis, optimisation and statistics.
  • Our research involves international and multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the vast majority of our research was rated as internationally recognised with a good proportion of the research considered world-leading.

Undergraduate study

  • All Undergraduate students in the school are taught in tutor groups of no more than 6 and meet weekly with that tutor for the first two years. 
  • The school offers a variety of undergraduate degree courses. We provide a first rate education to all of our students throughout their studies at Birmingham.
  • The undergraduate courses involve a range of learning environments developing many skills to prepare students for future employment or further study.
  • The school was one of only two mathematics departments to be awarded full marks in the last national Assessment of Quality in Education.
  • In the 2014 NSS 93% of BSc students said they were overall satisfied with their course and 100% of MSci students were satisfied.
  • The School always comes in the top 20 of league tables of Schools of Mathematics in the UK.
  • The Mathematics Learning Resource Centre provides an excellent environment for undergraduates to work independently, in groups, or with help from postgraduate students.
  • The university hosts a national education programme that champions Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) teaching at universities.

Postgraduate study

  • We offer a variety of research and taught postgraduate degree courses
  • Postgraduate research is supported by one-to-one supervision by leading experts. Students are provided with personal office space and a computer for their individual use.
  • Our range of MSc courses are taught by world experts in the fields, and include a dissertation with one-to-one supervision.
  • The school is a member of the Mathematics Access Grid (MAGIC), which delivers high level courses to postgraduate students using interactive video conferencing.