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MSc Mathematics

Course Description

This course is designed to build on existing mathematical skills and allow students from a wide range of backgrounds to both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen branch of mathematics. The course allows specialisation in areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics or statistics and allows the flexibility to cover a range of areas or to concentrate in one specific area.

There are a range of taught modules to choose from which provide the opportunity to combine mainstream, advanced maths topics and innovative methods selected from the research interests of the School of Mathematics.

The programme provides a a solid training in mainstream mathematics and will give you an insight into modern developments in mathematics.

As part of the course you will have to complete an individual research project (dissertation.) This will contribute to 60 credits on the course. The dissertation will be assessed based on 85% from the written report, and 15% from an oral presentation. You must enrol on 180 credits in total.

Graduates will have an excellent grounding for research in their chosen area of mathematics, or the necessary background to excel in industries which require mathematical skills.

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

(Student Profile)

Sarah Dawson

5029.jpg So, how have you found the Masters so far?

I am loving it! It’s quite challenging but I am really enjoying it. I did my undergraduate at Keele University and I chose Leeds because I have a lot of family up here.

So you arrived here six months ago and so how are you finding it living in Leeds?

I really like Leeds. I think that the University has the advantage of having that campus feel when you are here on campus and then also you just walk a few steps and you are in the city. So, you have the best of both worlds really. Although I previously went to a campus university it wasn’t in a big city and so I was missing that. When I came to Leeds I realised that there was just so much to do in Uni and outside of Uni, so I am really enjoying it.

How are you finding the course? Is it what you expected?

My last Uni had a lot more coursework and this is more exam-based which is my preference. I definitely prefer exams. But I am also doing a module which is 100% coursework which is concentrating on my writing skills. So you do get to develop quite a large range of skills and not just maths skills which is good as I struggle with the writing side of things.

What is it that you makes you passionate about mathematics?

I have always struggled with other subjects when I was at school, particularly writing and so maths has been my safe haven. It’s personal to know that you can do it. It’s really challenging and that feeling that you have when you know that you can do it, that’s what makes me passionate.

What would you say to another student thinking of coming to Leeds?

I would say definitely choose Leeds. If you are unsure whether to go for a campus or a city university, then Leeds is great because it offers you both aspects of that. It’s got a city and it’s got the real campus feel once you are inside the university. Also the Union is great as well and there’s a good atmosphere in the University or outside in the city. So definitely choose Leeds.

(Student Profile)

Derek Watson

5031.jpg What made you choose to come to Leeds?

I did my undergraduate degree with the Open University and I thought that I would come to Leeds because it suited my purposes at the time as I was working in Ripon. I wanted a good University which was close by and it did the Masters in Mathematics which I was interested in. Leeds is a big city as well and so it was good to come to a city.

Has the course been what you expected it to be?

In some ways yes but in other ways it has been quite a different experience. I think this is because I didn’t do the conventional undergraduate degree and so it was different for me. But then in other ways it has totally met my expectations.

Where do you see yourself going when you get to the end of your Masters?

Well, I have applied for a PhD but I am awaiting the result. That is what I would like to do but we will have to wait and see. I want to do something maths based at least, rather than what I was doing before which was a Facilities Engineer which I wanted to step away from. I want to go into something a bit more science orientated.

Have you got any advice for anyone thinking of doing a Masters?

I would probably say that if you can do it at the same institution where you did your undergraduate then I would do that as it is probably an advantage. So, I have found that the module choices follow on from the undergraduate course here, which is natural but when you come from a different university this can make it a bit more challenging.

What would say have been your biggest challenges so far doing you Masters?

I would say the workload. I have been quite surprised with how challenging the workload has been. Thirteen hours lecture times a week, plus the work outside of that, I have found that this has been challenging.

What would you say to another student coming to Leeds to study for a Masters?

I would say go for it, it’s definitely worthwhile. It’s a worthwhile qualification and it is from a well-recognised University.


Dean's Excellence Scholarship - 10 Awards

These awards are competitive, based on high achievement.

Value of Scholarship(s)



There are up to 10 partial-fee scholarships available worth £3,000 each. These awards are open to international candidates who have been accepted for admission onto a full-time MSc programme in the School, and who are eligible to pay tuition fees at the full international rate.

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for these awards at the time of application, so are not required to complete an application form.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A BSc 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a subject with a substantial mathematical component.

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