Studying Mathematics at postgraduate level gives you a chance to begin your own research, develop your own creativity and be part of a long tradition of people investigating analytic, geometric and algebraic ideas.
If your mathematical background is insufficient for direct entry to the MSc in Mathematics and its Applications, you may apply for this course. The first year of this Master's programme gives you a strong background in mathematics, equivalent to the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics, with second year studies following the MSc in Mathematics and its Applications.
About the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS)
The School has a strong reputation for world-class research and a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. Postgraduate students develop analytical, communication and research skills. Developing computational skills and applying them to mathematical problems forms a significant part of the postgraduate training in the School.
The Mathematics Group at Kent ranked highly in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. With 100% of the Applied Mathematics Group submitted, all research outputs were judged to be of international quality and 12.5% was rated 4*. For the Pure Mathematics Group, a large proportion of the outputs demonstrated international excellence.
The Mathematics Group also has an excellent track record of winning research grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Royal Society, the EU, the London Mathematical Society and the Leverhulme Trust.
At least one modern application of mathematics is studied in-depth by each student. Mathematical computing and open-ended project work forms an integral part of the learning experience. You strengthen your grounding in the subject and gain a sound grasp of the wider relevance and application of mathematics.
There are opportunities for outreach and engagement with the public on mathematics.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
MA552 - Analysis (15 credits) MA553 - Linear Algebra (15 credits) MA588 - Mathematical Techniques and Differential Equations (15 credits) MA591 - Nonlinear Systems and Mathematical Biology (15 credits) MA593 - Topics in Modern Applied Mathematics (30 credits) MA549 - Discrete Mathematics (15 credits) MA572 - Complex Analysis (15 credits) MA563 - Calculus of Variations (15 credits) MA587 - Numerical Solution of Differential Equations (15 credits) MA577 - Elements of Abstract Analysis (15 credits) MA576 - Groups and Representations (15 credits) MA574 - Polynomials in Several Variables (15 credits) MA961 - Mathematical Inquiry and Communication (30 credits) MA962 - Geometric Integration (15 credits) MA964 - Applied Algebraic Topology (15 credits) MA965 - Symmetries, Groups and Invariants (15 credits) MA968 - Mathematics and Music (15 credits) MA969 - Applied Differential Geometry (15 credits) MA970 - Nonlinear Analysis and Optimisation (15 credits) MA971 - Introduction to Functional Analysis (15 credits) MA972 - Algebraic Curves in Nature (15 credits) MA973 - Basic Differential Algebra (15 credits) CB600 - Games and Networks (15 credits) MA562 - Nonlinear Waves and Solitons (15 credits) MA960 - Dissertation (60 credits)
Closed book examinations, take-home problem assignments and computer lab assignments (depending on the module).
This programme aims to:
- provide a Master’s level mathematical education of excellent quality, informed by research and scholarship
- provide an opportunity to enhance your mathematical creativity, problem-solving skills and advanced computational skills
- provide an opportunity for you to enhance your oral communication, project design and basic research skills
- provide an opportunity for you to experience and engage with a creative, research-active professional mathematical environment
- produce graduates of value to the region and nation by offering you opportunities to learn about mathematics in the context of its application.
Postgraduate resources The University’s Templeman Library houses a comprehensive collection of books and research periodicals. Online access to a wide variety of journals is available through services such as ScienceDirect and SpringerLink. The School has licences for major numerical and computer algebra software packages. Postgraduates are provided with computers in shared offices in the School. The School has two dedicated terminal rooms for taught postgraduate students to use for lectures and self-study.
Support The School has a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. There are two weekly seminar series: The Mathematics Colloquium at Kent attracts international speakers discussing recent advances in their subject; the Friday seminar series features in-house speakers and visitors talking about their latest work. These are supplemented by weekly discussion groups. The School is a member of the EPSRC-funded London Taught Course Centre for PhD students in the mathematical sciences, and students can participate in the courses and workshops offered by the Centre. The School offers conference grants to enable research students to present their work at national and international conferences.
Dynamic publishing culture Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Advances in Mathematics; Algebra and Representation Theory; Journal of Physics A; Journal of Symbolic Computations; Journal of Topology and Analysis. Details of recently published books can be found within the staff research interests section.
Global Skills Award All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme (http://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills/programmes/gsa.html). The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.
A postgraduate degree in Mathematics is a flexible and valuable qualification that gives you a competitive advantage in a wide range of mathematically oriented careers. Our programmes enable you to develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for including problem-solving, independent thought, report-writing, project management, leadership skills, teamworking and good communication.
Many of our graduates have gone on to work in international organisations, the financial sector, and business. Others have found postgraduate research places at Kent and other universities.