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Course content

This programme reflects and benefits from the strong research activities of the Department of Mathematics.

The taught modules and dissertation topics are closely aligned with the interests of the Department’s four research groups:

  • Mathematics of Life and Social Sciences
  • Dynamical Systems and Partial Differential Equations
  • Fields, Strings and Geometry
  • Fluids, Meteorology and Symmetry

During the first two semesters you will take a range of taught modules from an extensive list of options, followed by an extended research project conducted over the summer under the supervision of a member of the department, culminating in the writing of a dissertation.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Careers

Mathematics is not only central to science, technology and finance-related fields, but the logical insight, analytical skills and intellectual discipline gained from a mathematical education are highly sought after in a broad range of other areas such as law, business and management.

There is also a strong demand for new mathematics teachers to meet the ongoing shortage in schools. 

As well as being designed to meet the needs of future employers, our MSc programme also provides a solid foundation from which to pursue further research in mathematics or one of the many areas to which mathematical ideas and techniques are applied.

Educational aims of the programme

  • To provide graduates with a strong background in advanced mathematical theory and its applications to the solution of real problems
  • To develop students understanding of core areas in advanced mathematics including standard tools for the solution of real life applied mathematical problems
  • To develop the skill of formulating a mathematical problem from a purely verbal description
  • To develop the skill of writing a sophisticated mathematical report and, additionally, in presenting the results in the form of an oral presentation
  • To lay a foundation for carrying out mathematical research leading to a research degree and/or a career as a professional mathematician in an academic or non-academic setting

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledge of the core theory and methods of advanced pure and applied mathematics and how to apply that theory to real life problems
  • An in-depth study of a specific problem arising in a research context

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of key techniques in advanced mathematics and to apply those techniques in problem solving
  • Ability to formulate a mathematical description of a problem that may be described only verbally
  • An understanding of possible shortcomings of mathematical descriptions of reality
  • An ability to use software such as MATLAB and IT facilities more generally including research databases such as MathSciNet and Web of Knowledge

Professional practical skills

  • Fluency in advanced mathematical theory
  • The ability to interpret the results of the application of that theory
  • An awareness of any weaknesses in the assumptions being made and of possible shortcomings with model predictions
  • The skill of writing an extended and sophisticated mathematical report and of verbally summarising its content to specialist and/or non-specialist audiences

Key / transferable skills

  • Ability to reason logically and creatively
  • Effective oral presentation skills
  • Written report writing skills
  • Skills in independent learning
  • Time management
  • Use of information and technology

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.


Visit the Mathematics MSc page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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