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Course content

This MSc provides an ideal foundation for students wishing to advance their mathematical modelling skills. The programme teaches students the basic concepts which arise in a broad range of technical and scientific problems and illustrates how these may be applied in a research context to provide powerful solutions.

Degree information

Students develop an understanding of the processes undertaken to arrive at a suitable mathematical model and are taught the fundamental analytical techniques and computational methods used to develop insight into system behaviour. The programme introduces a range of problems - industrial, biological and environmental - and associated conceptual models and solutions.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). The part-time option normally spans two years. The eight taught modules are spread over the two years. The research dissertation is taken in the summer of the second year.

Core modules
-Advanced Modelling Mathematical Techniques
-Nonlinear Systems
-Operational Research
-Computational and Simulation Methods
-Frontiers in Mathematical Modelling and its Applications

Optional modules
-Asymptotic Methods & Boundary Layer Theory
-Evolutionary Game Theory and Population Genetics
-Financial Mathematics
-Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
-Mathematical Ecology
-Quantitative and Computational Finance
-Real Fluids
-Traffic Flow
-Waves and Wave Scattering

All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000-words and a project presentation.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through seminar-style lectures and problem and computer-based classes. Student performance is assessed through a combination of unseen examination and coursework. For the majority of courses, the examination makes up between 90–100% of the assessment. The project is assessed through the dissertation and an oral presentation.


Our graduates have found employment in a wide variety of organisations such as Hillier-Parker, IBM, Swissbank, Commerzbank Global Equities, British Gas, Harrow Public School, Building Research Establishment and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather-Forecasting. First destinations of recent graduates include:
-R.T.E: Engineer
-Tower Perrins: Actuarist
-Deloitte: Quantitative Analyst
-UCL: Research Associate
-C-View: Quantitative Trader
-One-to-One: Maths Tutor
-UCL Research Degree - Mathematics
-Duff & Phelps Ltd: Financial Engineer
-Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi: Assistant Compliance Officer

The finance, actuarial and accountancy professionals are constantly in demand for high-level mathematical skills and recent graduates have taken positions in leading finance-related companies such as UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Societe Generale, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, and KPMG.

In the engineering sector, recent graduates from the MSc include a mathematical modeller at Steet Davies Gleave, a leading Transportation Planning Consultancy; and a graduate trainee at WesternGreco, a business segment of Schlumberger that provides reservoir imaging, monitoring, and development services. In addition, a number of graduates have remained in education either progressing to a PhD or entering the teaching profession.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Mathematics is internationally renowned for its excellent individual and group research that involves applying modelling techniques to problems in industrial, biological and environmental areas.

The department hosts a stream of distinguished international visitors. In recent years four staff members have been elected fellows of the Royal Society, and the department publishes the highly regarded research journal Mathematika.

This MSc enables students to consolidate their mathematical knowledge and formulate basic concepts of modelling before moving on to case studies in which models have been developed for issues motivated by industrial, biological or environmental considerations.

Visit the Mathematical Modelling - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!






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