Mathematics

The College's mathematics community is very lively, and one of the largest in the University.

Courses Offered

DPhil in Mathematics
DPhil in Statistics

MSc in Mathematical Modelling & Scientific Computing
MSc in Mathematical & Computational Finance
MSc in Mathematics & Foundations of Computer Science
MSc in Applied Statistics

The College normally expects to admit five or six Masters students in these subjects each year, in addition to any doctoral researchers who may be offered places.

Further details of how to apply can be found on the relevant departmental websites:

DPhil in Statistics

MSc in Applied Statistics

All other courses listed above

The Tutors
Professor David Conlon, Tutorial Fellow, has research interests in combinatorics and number theory. He is an expert in extremal and probabilistic combinatorics.
Professor Alexander Ritter, Tutorial Fellow, has research interests in geometry, in particular mirror symmetry and Floer theory.
Professor Sakura Schafer-Nameki, Tutorial Fellow, works on String Theory and Supersymmetric Gauge Theories.
Professor Alex Paseau, Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy, holds a BA in mathematics and has interests in the philosophy of mathematics, logic, metaphysics, and epistemology.
Dr Athena Picarelli, Nomura Junior Research Fellow in Mathematical Finance.
Professor Philip Candelas, Professorial Fellow, is an expert in string theory and the current Rouse Ball Professor in Mathematics.
Professor Nick Woodhouse, a Senior Research Fellow and president of the Clay Mathematics Institute, has research interests in relativity, geometric aspects of quantum theory, and integrable systems.
Professor Sir Roger Penrose, an Emeritus Fellow and former Rouse Ball Professor, and one of the most influential mathematicians of recent times.

Mathematics and Wadham College

Wadham College has a strong tradition in mathematics. The Royal Society had its genesis in meetings held in Wadham and was instrumental in establishing England's mathematical reputation during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. One of the key protagonists of the time was Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723). Wren was one of the leading mathematicians in those times, even though later he became world renowned as an architect. (More). 

The mathematical tradition of Wadham was further strengthened by the association with the Rouse Ball Professorship of Mathematics, established in 1929. This has brought to Wadham a very distinguished list of mathematicians: E. A. Milne (1929-1950); C. A. Coulson (1952-1972); Roger Penrose (1973-1999, currently Emeritus fellow at Wadham); and Philip Candelas (1999-current).


Roger Penrose, the former Rouse Ball Professor, is known for his influential work in mathematical physics, in particular for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology. He has received a number of prizes and awards, including the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe. Philip Candelas, the current Rouse Ball Professor, is a renowned theoretical physicist, notable for his contributions in the field of quantum field theory (QFT) especially the renormalisation of QFT near black holes. He has also made influential contributions both in string theory and in mirror symmetry.

Wadham has had numerous students who went on to successful careers in mathematics, such as Sam Howison (currently chairman of the Mathematical Institute) and Marcus Du Sautoy (the Simonyi Professors for the Public Understanding of Science since 2008, when Richard Dawkins retired from the position).

Professor Nick Woodhouse, currently a professorial fellow at Wadham, became a fellow at Wadham in 1977. His influence on mathematics in the university at large has been very significant. As chairman of the mathematics department he was the driving force behind the organization and the construction of the new Mathematical Institute. Nick became the president of the Clay Mathematics Institute in 2012, one of the most important mathematics foundations which supports mathematics, and which is well-known for its million-dollar "Millennium Prize Problems".

The current tutorial fellows are David Conlon, Alexander Ritter and Sakura Schafer-Nameki. David and Alexander were both Junior Research Fellows in Cambridge before joining Wadham in 2011 and 2012, respectively. David Conlon did his PhD at Cambridge in 2009 under Tim Gowers. He is an expert in extremal and probabilistic combinatorics and he is interested also in number theory and analysis. Alexander Ritter did his PhD at M.I.T. in 2009 under Paul Seidel. He is an expert in Floer theory and mirror symmetry, which is an interplay between geometry, algebra and analysis. Sakura joined Wadham as tutorial fellow in 2016. She did her PhD in Cambridge in 2003. Her research interests are in String Theory and Supersymmetric Gauge Theories and their relations to Mathematics, in particular Geometry, and Particle Physics.

Wadham College is also active in outreach activities. The college hosts the summer Masterclasses in mathematics for ambitious high-school students, a program that is linked with the famous PROMYS program in the United States. (More

Roger Penrose wrote the best-selling "The Emperor’s New Mind" and "The Road to Reality". Nick Woodhouse has written several undergraduate textbooks on relativity and mechanics. Andrew Hodges, a former tutorial fellow, who taught at Wadham between 1986-2016, authored the best-selling "Alan Turing: The Engima" and "One to Nine".

Current Fellows and Lecturers

Professor Philip Candelas (Professorial Fellow)

Professor David Conlon (Tutorial Fellow)

Professor Tom Melham (Lecturer in Computer Science, Balliol College)

Professor Alexander Paseau

Professor Roger Penrose

Dr Athena Picarelli

Professor Alexander Ritter (Tutorial Fellow)

Professor Sakura Schafer-Nameki (Tutorial Fellow)