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Course content

The Mathematics MSc is a wide-ranging course drawing on modules from pure mathematics and theoretical physics, with additional options to study elements of Financial Mathematics. The course is suitable for graduates who wish to pursue an advanced mathematical study pathway with the intention of studying at a PhD level in a mathematical discipline later on.

Key benefits

  • Unrivalled facilities in central London with City of London's financial centre close by.
  • Flexible study course offering the opportunity to study part-time.
  • King’s is a member of the London Graduate School which provides advanced courses for students who wish to push beyond the MSc core syllabus.


The Mathematics MSc programme offers you the choice to study either full or part-time, taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation. You will explore mathematical areas including Probability Analysis, Geometry, Number Theory and Theoretical Physics, and there are opportunities to explore a broad range of additional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop a study pathway that reflects your interests – see the course structure for full details of available modules.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete. You will study optional modules in your first year, and a further selection of optional modules and the 60-credit project and dissertation module in your second year.

King's is also a member of the University of London and by arrangement, you can enrol in optional modules at some institutions within the University of London, including University College London, Birkbeck, London School of Economics and Political Sciences and many others.

Course purpose

This programme is suitable for Mathematics graduates who wish to study more advanced mathematics. The programme ideally prepares students for PhD study in a mathematical discipline.

Course format and assessment


We use lectures and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, independent study, course work and preparations for examinations.

During your work on the MSc Project you will have regular meetings with your project supervisor, but you are expected to spend the majority of your time in self-study to complete the project work.


The primary method of assessment for this course is written examinations. You may also be assessed by essays, practical examination, oral presentation, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates take up full-time employment in various industries that require good mathematical/computer knowledge or that look for intelligent and creative people. Recent employers of our graduates include Barclays Bank, Kinetic Partners, Lloyds Banking Group and Sapient.

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