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The history of the Department of Mathematics at NUS traces back to 1929, when science education began in Singapore with the opening of Raffles College with less than five students enrolled in mathematics. Today it is one of the largest departments in NUS, with about 60 faculty members and teaching staff. The Department offers a wide selection of courses (called modules) covering very broad areas of mathematical sciences with about 6,000 students enrolling in each semester. Apart from offering B.Sc. programmes in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Quantitative Finance, the Department also participates actively in major interdisciplinary programmes, including the double degree programme in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, the double major programme in Mathematics and Economics. Another example of the Department's student centric educational philosophy is the Special Programme in Mathematics (SPM), which is specially designed for a select group of students who have a strong passion and aptitude for mathematics. The aim is to enable these students to build a solid foundation for a future career in mathematical research or state-of-the-art applications of mathematics in industry.

The Department is ranked among the best in Asia in mathematical research. It offers a diverse and vibrant programme in graduate studies, in fundamental and applied mathematics. In addition, it enhances the skills and knowledge of quantitative finance professionals through the MSc Programme in Quantitative Finance (MQF). The Department promotes interdisciplinary applications of mathematics in science, engineering and commerce. Faculty members' research covers all major areas of contemporary mathematics. For more information, please see research overview, selected publications, and faculty profile.

10 Jun
Mathematics Enrichment Camp 2016
Register by 1 August! (suitable for pre-university students)
1 Jun
New papers in top journals by Department members: Congratulations to Dinh Tien Cuong, Gan Wee Teck , Shen Weixiao, Bao Weizhu, Steven Kou for papers accepted by the prestigious Annales de l'Ecole Normale Superieure, Inventiones Mathematicae, Journal of the European Mathematical Society, Physical Review Letters, and Management Science.

  • Dinh's co-authored paper is "Equidistribution speed for Fekete points associated with an ample line bundle", to appear in Ann. Sci. Ec. Norm. Super..
  • Gan's co-authored papers are "Globalization of supercuspidal representations over function fields and applications", to appear in J. Eur. Math. Soc., and "The Gross-Prasad conjecture and local theta correspondence", to appear in Invent. Math..
  • Shen's co-authored paper is "The Lyapunov exponent of holomorphic maps", to appear in Invent. Math..
  • Bao's co-authored paper is "Hubbard model for atomic impurities bound by the vortex lattice of a rotating Bose-Einstein condensate", to appear in Physical Review Letters.
  • Kou's co-authored paper is "Jumps in Equity Index Returns Before and During the Recent Financial Crisis: A Bayesian Analysis", to appear in Management Science.
20 May
Department Colloquium (by Phillip A. Griffiths, Institute for Advanced Study)
4 May
Department Colloquium (by Xu Xingwang, NUS)


 Permutations and number theory
Speaker: Ben Green
University of Oxford
Date: 25 May 2016 14:30
Venue: S17 #04-06 SR1

 A Tale of Two Mathematicians
Speaker: Phillip A. Griffiths
Institute for Advanced Study
Date: 20 May 2016 11:00
Venue: S17 #04-06 SR1

 Negative gradient flow and scalar curvature functions
Speaker: Xu Xingwang
National University of Singapore
Date: 04 May 2016 14:00
Venue: S17 #04-06 SR1


Current & Upcoming Seminars

 Generic vanishing and birational geometry in char p>0
Speaker: Christopher Hacon
Date: 04 Jul 2016 15:00
Venue: S17 #05-11 SR5