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The School of Mathematics has more than doubled in size over the last decade. Our staff and students come from all over the world and this diversity of talent fosters an outward-looking school that connects with mathematics worldwide. 

In 2019, we moved into the historic Fry Building, reconfigured with new world-class teaching, study and collaboration spaces for students and staff. 

We provide a range of high quality teaching programmes. Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of jobs in financial services, government statistical and security services, engineering and management consultancy, IT, accountancy, teaching and also in areas such as law, community work, sports coaching, civil service and filmmaking.

All our academic staff are active in research, and we are one of the strongest mathematics schools in Europe in terms of research, as well as one of the top 5 mathematics departments in the UK (REF 2014). Our research is divided into five institutes: Applied MathematicsPure Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Statistical Science and Probability, Analysis and Dynamics. 

We work with colleagues across philosophy and social sciences to physics, biology and medicine and collaborate with industry through both short and long-term research consultancies. Recent examples include Hewlett Packard, QinetiQ, LV, the Office for National Statistics and GSK. 

There are also strong links between the school and the Heilbronn Institute. These provide many opportunities for our students’, including work experience, internships and research projects. Bristol alumni go on to thrive in a wide range of industries, including financial services, IT, engineering, education, the civil service and many more.

Faculty of Science

The School of Mathematics is one of the three largest schools in the Faculty of Science. We recently moved into our new home at the heart of campus, the fully refurbished Grade II-listed Fry Building.

Mathematicians are central to addressing some of the most pressing societal issues, from climate change to healthcare. The purity, rigour and beauty of mathematical proof epitomises intellectual pursuit. At Bristol, world-leading research across all branches of the mathematical sciences feeds directly into our teaching.

Professor Jonathan Robbins

The city of Bristol

The University is right at the heart of the city of Bristol, with its vibrant harbourside, fantastic music scene, green spaces and buzzing centre.

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