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Course content

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.

This programme allows you to further enhance your knowledge, creativity and computational skills in core mathematical subjects and their applications giving you a competitive advantage in a wide range of mathematically based careers. The modules, which are designed and taught by internationally known researchers, are accessible, relevant, interesting and challenging.

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.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science was ranked 25th in the UK for research power and 100% or our research was judged to be of international quality.

An impressive 92% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.

Course structure

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. There are opportunities for outreach and engagement with the public on mathematics.

You take eight modules in total: six from the list below; a short project module and a dissertation module. The modules concentrate on a specific topic from: analysis; applied mathematics; geometry; and algebra.


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.

MA961 - Mathematical Inquiry and Communication (30 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA961
MA962 - Geometric Integration (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA962
MA963 - Poisson Algebras and Combinatorics (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA963
MA964 - Applied Algebraic Topology (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA964
MA965 - Symmetries, Groups and Invariants (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA965
MA966 - Diagram Algebras (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA966
MA967 - Quantum Physics (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA967
MA968 - Mathematics and Music (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA968
MA969 - Applied Differential Geometry (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA969
MA970 - Nonlinear Analysis and Optimisation (15 credits) - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/modules/module/MA970
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Assessment is by closed book examinations, take-home problem assignments and computer lab assignments (depending on the module). The project and dissertation modules are assessed mainly on the reports or work you produce, but also on workshop activities during the teaching term.

Programme aims

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.


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.

Learn more about Kent

Visit us - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/visit/openday/pgevents.html

International Students - https://www.kent.ac.uk/internationalstudent/

Why study at Kent? - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Visit the Mathematics and its Applications - MSc page on the University of Kent website for more details!





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