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International Master's In Mathematics and its Applications - MSc

Course Description

Studying Mathematics at postgraduate level gives you a chance to begin your own research, develop your own creativity and be part of a long tradition of people investigating analytic, geometric and algebraic ideas.

If your mathematical background is insufficient for direct entry to the MSc in Mathematics and its Applications, you may apply for this course. The first year of this Master's programme gives you a strong background in mathematics, equivalent to the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics, with second year studies following the MSc in Mathematics and its Applications.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/148/international-masters-in-mathematics-and-its-applications

About the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS)

The School has a strong reputation for world-class research and a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. Postgraduate students develop analytical, communication and research skills. Developing computational skills and applying them to mathematical problems forms a significant part of the postgraduate training in the School.

The Mathematics Group at Kent ranked highly in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. With 100% of the Applied Mathematics Group submitted, all research outputs were judged to be of international quality and 12.5% was rated 4*. For the Pure Mathematics Group, a large proportion of the outputs demonstrated international excellence.

The Mathematics Group also has an excellent track record of winning research grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Royal Society, the EU, the London Mathematical Society and the Leverhulme Trust.

Course structure

At least one modern application of mathematics is studied in-depth by each student. Mathematical computing and open-ended project work forms an integral part of the learning experience. You strengthen your grounding in the subject and gain a sound grasp of the wider relevance and application of mathematics.

There are opportunities for outreach and engagement with the public on mathematics.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

MA552 - Analysis (15 credits)
MA553 - Linear Algebra (15 credits)
MA588 - Mathematical Techniques and Differential Equations (15 credits)
MA591 - Nonlinear Systems and Mathematical Biology (15 credits)
MA593 - Topics in Modern Applied Mathematics (30 credits)
MA549 - Discrete Mathematics (15 credits)
MA572 - Complex Analysis (15 credits)
MA563 - Calculus of Variations (15 credits)
MA587 - Numerical Solution of Differential Equations (15 credits)
MA577 - Elements of Abstract Analysis (15 credits)
MA576 - Groups and Representations (15 credits)
MA574 - Polynomials in Several Variables (15 credits)
MA961 - Mathematical Inquiry and Communication (30 credits)
MA962 - Geometric Integration (15 credits)
MA964 - Applied Algebraic Topology (15 credits)
MA965 - Symmetries, Groups and Invariants (15 credits)
MA968 - Mathematics and Music (15 credits)
MA969 - Applied Differential Geometry (15 credits)
MA970 - Nonlinear Analysis and Optimisation (15 credits)
MA971 - Introduction to Functional Analysis (15 credits)
MA972 - Algebraic Curves in Nature (15 credits)
MA973 - Basic Differential Algebra (15 credits)
CB600 - Games and Networks (15 credits)
MA562 - Nonlinear Waves and Solitons (15 credits)
MA960 - Dissertation (60 credits)


Closed book examinations, take-home problem assignments and computer lab assignments (depending on the module).

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- provide a Master’s level mathematical education of excellent quality, informed by research and scholarship

- provide an opportunity to enhance your mathematical creativity, problem-solving skills and advanced computational skills

- provide an opportunity for you to enhance your oral communication, project design and basic research skills

- provide an opportunity for you to experience and engage with a creative, research-active professional mathematical environment

- produce graduates of value to the region and nation by offering you opportunities to learn about mathematics in the context of its application.

Study support

Postgraduate resources
The University’s Templeman Library houses a comprehensive collection of books and research periodicals. Online access to a wide variety of journals is available through services such as ScienceDirect and SpringerLink. The School has licences for major numerical and computer algebra software packages. Postgraduates are provided with computers in shared offices in the School. The School has two dedicated terminal rooms for taught postgraduate students to use for lectures and self-study.

The School has a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. There are two weekly seminar series: The Mathematics Colloquium at Kent attracts international speakers discussing recent advances in their subject; the Friday seminar series features in-house speakers and visitors talking about their latest work. These are supplemented by weekly discussion groups. The School is a member of the EPSRC-funded London Taught Course Centre for PhD students in the mathematical sciences, and students can participate in the courses and workshops offered by the Centre. The School offers conference grants to enable research students to present their work at national and international conferences.

Dynamic publishing culture
Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Advances in Mathematics; Algebra and Representation Theory; Journal of Physics A; Journal of Symbolic Computations; Journal of Topology and Analysis. Details of recently published books can be found within the staff research interests section.

Global Skills Award
All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme (http://www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills/programmes/gsa.html). The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.


A postgraduate degree in Mathematics is a flexible and valuable qualification that gives you a competitive advantage in a wide range of mathematically oriented careers. Our programmes enable you to develop the skills and capabilities that employers are looking for including problem-solving, independent thought, report-writing, project management, leadership skills, teamworking and good communication.

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in international organisations, the financial sector, and business. Others have found postgraduate research places at Kent and other universities.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the International Master's In Mathematics and its Applications - MSc page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Student Profiles

SMSAS Bursaries for Taught Postgraduate Students - 10 Awards

The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science has established a bursary scheme to support taught postgraduate students who wish to study for one of the following courses:Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science
MSc in Applied Actuarial Science
MSc in Finance, Investment and Risk
MSc in Mathematics and its Applications
MSc in StatisticsThe school will award up to 35 bursaries of between £500 and £1500. All applicants who have accepted a place on one of the above courses will automatically be considered for a bursary. There is no need to make a separate application. Overseas/home/EU fee paying students are all eligible.There is no formal closing date but we recommend you apply for your chosen course before the end of July 2011. The selection process continues until all bursaries are awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £500 and £1500 each


Overseas/home/EU fee paying students are all eligible.

Application Procedure

There is no need to make a separate application

Further Information



Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) - 5 Awards

•GTAs are employees as well as students.
•The award-holder will undertake 96 hours of work to support the School's undergraduate teaching in mathematics and statistics.
•In addition to the 96 hours of work, the award-holder will be expected to undertake training for their teaching support role, and to act as an ambassador for the postgraduate programme, for example by attending events to talk to prospective students.
•There are opportunities for outreach and engagement with the public on Mathematics and Statistics.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The award consists of tuition fees paid at the home/EU rate and a salary of £3,387.84 per annum (20


•A First Class Honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent.
•Potential to carry out research.
•Potential to support the School's undergraduate teaching.
•Relevant work experience is valuable, but not essential.
•Preference will be given to students interested in proceeding to a research degree at the University of Kent.

Application Procedure

1.Submit a formal application to study one of the three MSc programmes named above as a full-time student in 2014/15;
2.Send an email to [email protected] with the subject heading "GTA Scholarship MSc" setting out how you meet the criteria above. Students who are already enrolled in Stage 1 of any of the International Masters programmes in Mathematics and its Applications, Statistics, or Statistics with Finance, and who will be proceeding to Stage 2 as a full-time student in 2014/15, should complete step 2 above only. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed. The interview may be conducted by phone or Skype. Applications close 17 July 2014.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good ordinary Bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) in an appropriate subject. For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages (View Website).

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