Masters degrees in Mathematics explore advanced mathematical theory and numerical analysis together with their applications in a range of practical contexts from statistics to computing.
Some programmes in this discipline are taught courses, developing core mathematical competencies and advanced numeracy skills. Others are independent research degrees, focussing on theoretical or practical problem-solving techniques. Some are also highly disciplinary, with the opportunity to apply numerical reasoning to the challenges encountered in medical, engineering, or business contexts.
Courses commonly award MSc, MRes or MPhil degrees, depending on their specific areas of focus.
Though it may seem like the textbook example of an academic discipline (often involving very weighty textbooks!) Mathematics might surprise you at postgraduate level. Many courses are already highly vocational. You could train for a role in insurance and risk management, in financial trading or even in epidemiology (the process of measuring and predicting public health and disease trends).
Other programmes are more theoretical, but even a Masters in Pure Mathematics can have professional applications. Your skills in quantitative analysis and numerical reasoning will be second to none, equipping you to deal effectively with complex data and statistical problems in a wide range of working environments.
Of course, Mathematics is also a fertile academic research area, with connections to other disciplines including the Physical Sciences, Engineering and even Philosophy.