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MSc Mathematics and Computer Science

Course Description

This interdisciplinary Masters degree combines teaching and research from the School of Mathematics and the School of Computing. You will be introduced to sophisticated techniques at the forefront of mathematics and computer science. Based on the Schools’ complementary research strengths the programme follows two main strands:

Algorithms & Complexity Theory
This concerns the efficiency of algorithms for solving computational problems, and identifies hierarchies of computational difficulty.

This subject has applications in many areas, such as distributed computing, algorithmic tools to manage transport infrastructure, health informatics, artificial intelligence, and computational biology.

Numerical Methods & Parallel Computing
Many problems, in maths, physics, astrophysics and biology cannot be solved using analytical techniques and require the application of numerical algorithms for progress. The development and optimisation of these algorithms coupled to the recent increase in computing power via the availability of massively parallel machines has led to great advances in many fields of computational mathematics. This subject has many applications, such as combustion, lubrication, atmospheric dispersion, river and harbour flows, and many more.

This MSc will provide you with technical and transferable skills that are valued by industry.

You will gain key algorithmic tools to work across many industries including transport infrastructure, health informatics, computational biology, artificial intelligence, companies developing the internet e.g. search engines.

You could also progress onto a career in computing or finance where mathematics is valued.

It will also provide you with an excellent background if you wish to embark on a PhD in mathematics or in computer science.

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

Student Profiles

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 first or upper second class (2.1) BSc degree in mathematics or computer science (with a substantial mathematics component), or equivalent.

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