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G1K509 Mathematical Sciences MSc Postgraduate Taught  2018


Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 02/10/2018
Location Durham City
Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3082

Course Summary


This course aims to bring you, in 12 months, to a position where you can embark with confidence on a wide range of careers, including taking a PhD in Mathematics or related disciplines. There is a wide range of taught modules on offer, and you will also produce a dissertation on a topic of current research interest taken from your choice of a wide range of subjects offered.

Course structure and overview

  • Six taught modules in October-May
  • A dissertation in June-September.

Modules: Six of available options

In previous years, optional modules available included:

Modules in Pure Mathematics:
  •  Algebraic Topology IV
  •  Analysis III and IV
  •  Codes and Cryptography III
  •  Differential Geometry III
  •  Galois Theory III
  •  Representation Theory III and IV
  •  Riemannian Geometry IV
  •  Topology III
  •  Topics in Algebra and Geometry IV
Modules in Probability and Statistics:
  •  Bayesian Statistics III and IV 
  •  Mathematical Finance III and IV
  •  Decision Theory III
  •  Operations Research III
  •  Statistical Methods III
  • Stochastic Processes III and IV
Modules in Applications of Mathematics:
  •  Advanced Quantum Theory IV
  •  Continuum Mechanics III and IV
  •  Dynamical Systems III
  •  General Relativity IV
  •  Mathematical Biology III 
  •  Partial Differential Equations III and IV
  •  Quantum Information III
  •  Quantum Mechanics III
  •  Solitons III and IV

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

Course Learning and Teaching

This is a full-year degree course, starting early October and finishing in the middle of the subsequent September. The aim of the course is to give the students a wide mathematical background allowing them to either proceed to PhD or to apply the gained knowledge in industry.

The course consists of three modules: the first two are the Michaelmas and Epiphany lecture courses covering variety of topics in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. The third module is a dissertation on a topic of current research, prepared under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in the area. We offer a wide variety of possible dissertation topics.

The main group of lectures is given in the first two terms of the academic year (Michaelmas and Epiphany), there are also two revision lectures in the third term (Easter). This part of the course is assessed by examinations. Students choose 6 modules, each module has 2 lectures per week and one fortnightly problems class. There are 10 teaching weeks in the Michaelmas term and 9 teaching weeks in Epiphany term. In addition lecturers also set a number of homework assignments which give the student a chance to test their understanding of the material.

The dissertation must be submitted by mid-September, the end of the twelve month course period 

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. 

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £7,245.00 per year
Home Student £7,245.00 per year
Island Student £7,245.00 per year
International non-EU Student £17,325.00 per year

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Department of Mathematical Sciences

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please visit our employability web pages

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

Department of Mathematical Sciences

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of the leading research units in the country, with interests in a wide range of areas in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and theoretical physics, as well as statistics and probability. The Department has excellent facilities for postgraduate studies. All research students have their own workspace with a network linked computer. We also offer many research seminar series in which students actively participate. One measure of the vibrancy of our research is the number of postgraduate students we attract.
Each year, several high-level conferences and workshops in Mathematical Sciences are held in Durham, including the London Mathematical Society (LMS) – EPSRC Durham Symposia (a prestigious series of high-quality international research conferences), and students are also given the opportunity to present their research results at conferences elsewhere. The Department is part of MAGIC, a consortium of 16 universities offering distance learning for postgraduate students via interactive access-grid technology. The Department is a member of the Academy for PhD Training in Statistics (APTS), giving postgraduate students access to high-quality training courses covering key areas of statistics and probability.


Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-Leading research impact in REF 2014.