Mathematics: What Are The Chances?

UNIQ’s What Are The Chances? course is ideal for students with a particular interest in probability and statistics. You’ll discover a variety of topics drawn from the first two years of Oxford’s undergraduate syllabus and you’ll get to try out some university-style problems which will get you thinking creatively.


The course is a blend of pure and applied maths. On the pure side you’ll learn about the foundations of probability and you’ll learn to work with Markov chains, which are widely applicable mathematical objects used in areas as diverse as finance, thermodynamics and speech recognition technology. Meanwhile on the applied side you’ll get the chance to scrutinize misleading statistics in newspaper articles and try out some programming in R, a specialist statistical programming language. Along the way you’ll discover a whole load of exciting mathematics introduced to you by the Oxford undergraduates you’ll be working with.


One of the highlights of the week is the problem solving competition, where you’ll team up with your coursemates in a frantic race to answer a range of mathematical brainteasers. This is a great opportunity to develop your collaboration skills and possibly to even win a nice prize.


You’ll spend most of the week in Oxford’s shiny new maths department where undergraduates would normally have lectures during term time. All the academic sessions will be run by real Oxford lecturers and tutors – it’s a great simulation of what studying at Oxford is really like.

Course Details and Requirements
16 July - 21 July 2017
24 places available
Studying Mathematics to A2 or equivalent
Places to Applicants: 1 in 3
Typical Lessons for this course
Matrices & Markov Chains
Statistical Programming
Network Analysis