Masters degrees in Pure Mathematics involve advanced, abstract analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms and their relationships, predominantly using symbolic logic.
Related subjects include Mathematical Logic and Interdisciplinary Mathematics. Entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate Mathematics discipline.
Professionals within the field of Pure Mathematics typically draw their inspiration from natural and social phenomena to develop accurate models for describing the real world. As such, methodologies within this field are significant in many other fields (including Architecture, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Space Science, to name a few).
Careers are therefore highly varied for graduates of this subject. For example, you may be employed within the manufacturing industries to develop prototypes of various products, particularly vehicles and other automotives.
Alternatively, you may become involved within professional practices related to mining and deep sea investigations, such as defence systems and the design of technology such as submarines for environmental surveillance.
Other careers may include consultation on celestial mechanics and the development of satellites and space travel. Or, you may even undertake assessment of economic practices on behalf of government departments and large corporations.
The Master of Science in Mathematics (120 ECTS) is a research-based master’s programme in which you can specialize in the following fields of mathematics: Pure Mathematics: Algebra, Analysis and Geometry; and Applied Mathematics: Statistics, Financial Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, Plasma-Astrophysics.
Besides a solid, all-round education in mathematics, the programme offers you the possibility to focus on either pure or applied mathematics. This allows you to acquire both breadth of knowledge and depth in your own areas of interest. Pure and applied mathematics courses are firmly grounded in the core research activities of the Department of Mathematics. Gradually, you will gain experience and autonomy in learning how to cope with new concepts, higher levels of abstraction, new techniques, new applications, and new results. This culminates in the Master’s thesis, where you become actively involved in the research performed in the various mathematical research groups of the Departments of Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy and Computer Sciences.
This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
The programme of the Master of Science in Mathematics consists of 120 ECTS. You choose one of the two profiles – Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics (54 ECTS) – and one of the two options – Research Option or Professional Option (30 ECTS). The profile allows you to specialize either in pure mathematics (algebra, geometry, analysis), or in applied mathematics (statistics, computational mathematics, fluid dynamics).
There is one common course: ‘Mathematics of the 21st Century’ (6 ECTS). To complete the programme, you carry out a research project that results in a master’s thesis (30 ECTS).
All staff members of the Department of Mathematics are actively involved in the two-year Master of Science in Mathematics programme. The academic staff at the Department of Mathematics consists of leading experts in their fields. Researchers in pure mathematics focus on algebraic geometry, group theory, differential geometry, functional analysis, and complex analysis. Researchers in mathematical statistics deal with extreme values, robust statistics, non-parametric statistics, and financial mathematics. Research in the applied mathematics group is in computational fluid dynamics and plasma-astrophysics.
Mathematicians find employment in industry and in the banking, insurance, and IT sectors. Many graduates from the research option pursue a career in research and start a PhD in mathematics, mathematical physics, astrophysics, engineering, or related fields.
This course provides you with a sound general knowledge of advanced mathematics through study in several pure and applied areas of the subject, including Statistics and Operational Research. A wide choice of topics is available for your dissertation, taken under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.
If you wish to enter employment within the field of Mathematics then this course will enhance your career prospects by promoting a professional attitude to Mathematics. Mathematicians are warmly welcomed in industry, business and commerce for their analytical ability and logical approach to problem solving. The course is particularly suitable if you are planning a career in teaching Mathematics or are already a qualified teacher seeking to enhance your promotion prospects.
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The Mathematics department includes a team of researchers in the field of Introduction to Cybermetrics, led by a professor who has been recognised as a leading international authority on the subject and who achieved a very high rating in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.
We pride ourselves on the academic support and guidance given by our friendly and approachable staff. Students have shown their appreciation for this by the exceptionally high ratings they have given us in the National Student Survey in recent years.
Students will have developed advanced technical skills within the field of Mathematics together with an ability to critically analyse and evaluate complex problems. These skills should equip students to enter careers in Mathematics in a variety of roles.
There is a shortage of Mathematics-related skills both nationally and regionally, and in particular there is a recognised severe shortage of qualified Mathematics teachers. Hence the Mathematics qualification that this course offers will make its graduates highly employable.
Excellent career opportunities will also be open in operational research, statistics, information analysis, financial advising, actuarial work and accountancy.
You will be able to demonstrate a full understanding, knowledge and experience of complex and specialised areas of mathematics; Select and apply appropriate techniques to the analysis, design and synthesis of solutions to problems which require mathematics for their resolution.
Within this course, you will apply knowledge of mathematics with particular reference to its applications in other subject areas (e.g. mathematical education, analysis and modelling of business and finance, computing and scientific systems).
You will be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in mathematics.
Conduct research into current mathematical literature; review, analyse and evaluate findings in a professional manner.
This course will enable you to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, making sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicating conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
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The MSc in Mathematics is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics. This programme is particularly suited for those seeking a career in academic mathematical research or a mathematics-related career in the private sector.
The programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a dissertation (15,000 words) over the summer months. Most modules for the MSc in Mathematics are traditional semester-long lecture courses with end of semester exams, but some modules have a large element of continuous assessment. Class sizes range from 10 to 60 students, depending on the module.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics is well equipped with computing facilities (including a large parallel computing cluster) and an on-site library.
For an MSc in Mathematics, students take at least 90 credits at 5000-level Mathematics and Statistics modules. The remaining 30 credits can be taken from the School's 3000-level and 4000-level modules. At least 90 credits of the total of 120 credits of the taught part should be Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics modules.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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Intellectual / cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
Key / transferable skills
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.