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MSc Mathematics

Course Description

The MSc in Mathematics gives an in-depth training in advanced mathematics to students who have
already obtained a first degree with substantial mathematical content. Students successfully completing the MSc will acquire specialist knowledge in their chosen areas of mathematics, and the MSc is an excellent preparation for those who are considering pursuing research in mathematics.

The main areas of mathematics that may be pursued within this MSc are pure mathematics (especially algebra and combinatorics), dynamical systems, probability and statistics, and astronomy. The MSc programme is very flexible, and in consultation with your academic adviser you may choose modules in different areas or specialise in one.

Programme outline
You will normally take eight modules in total, with one module typically comprising 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials given during a twelve-week semester. In addition to the MSc modules offered at Queen Mary, you can also choose from an extremely wide range of advanced mathematics modules offered at other Colleges of the University of London. During the summer period, supervised by an academic member of staff, you are required to complete a dissertation, working largely independently in an advanced topic in mathematics or statistics.

For details of modules typically offered, see: http://www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/msc-maths-stats/modules

Visit the MSc Mathematics page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Cheng Yeaw Ku

1015.jpg MSc and PhD in Mathematics

Currently: Visiting Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the National University of Singapore

Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?

Queen Mary has world-class mathematicians. Just like playing chess, it is important that I learn from the master.

What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?

I gained the opportunity to work with experts in the area which I was interested in. I also enjoyed and learned a lot from the courses and seminars at Queen Mary. They were foundational for my continuing research in mathematics.

What are your career plans in the next five years?

Recently, I have become interested in stochastic calculus and its application in financial engineering and investment. With emerging financial markets in Asia, I plan to become a quantitative analyst in the next five years in Asia.

(Student Profile)

Brendan O'Neill

1463.JPG Why did you choose Queen Mary for your postgraduate study?

Being uncertain about my future career, it was important for me to have a good variety of modules on offer for my MSc and to get a taste of many different subjects and career paths at once. When I looked at QMUL, I was very impressed by their wide variety of modules on offer and the fact that they have one of the largest mathematics departments in the UK. One nice thing about studying at QMUL is that we are also allowed to take modules at other universities that are part of the University of London, so we are spoilt for choice really.

What in particular do you enjoy about your course/School of Mathematical Sciences?

I really enjoyed the fact that I was able to get everything I wanted out of my MSc. In my first semester, I followed a refresher module on statistics and then tried new subjects such as actuarial mathematics and financial mathematics. I also perfected my programming skills as part of a scientific computing module. All in all, it was more than I hoped for from one institution. The general support and advice from the programme coordinator and his open door policy also made a huge difference to me.

What are your career plans after you graduate?

I am currently looking for work in actuarial science and finance. The careers office at QMUL has been really helpful in offering advice on how and where to look for jobs.


School of Mathematical Sciences Academic Excellence Awards - 5 Awards

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London is pleased to offer up to 5 awards of £3,000 for students studying our MSc Mathematics.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The majority of our scholarships are competitive and as such students will need to have achieved grades equivalent to a UK First Class or Upper Second Class Bachelor’s degree or an overseas equivalent to be considered. For overseas equivalents please visit http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/index.htmlThe awards are available to Home/EU or Overseas applicants

Application Procedure

There is no need to complete a separate application form to be considered for any of the Mathematical Sciences Scholarships. Students will be considered for an award on the basis of the information they provide in their online application to Queen Mary University of London.Successful candidates will be informed of their award via email.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirement for the MSc in Mathematics is the equivalent of a British first or good upper second class honours degree in mathematics, or in mathematics with another subject, such as statistics, philosophy, physics or computing. In addition, the undergraduate modules you have taken must provide sufficient background to enable you to take an appropriate selection of our MSc modules. Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements visit: View Website. Non-native English speakers are required to have minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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