G1K509 Mathematical Sciences MSc Postgraduate Taught 2017
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
- Codes and Cryptography III
- Differential Geometry III
- Galois Theory III
- Geometry III and IV
- Number Theory III and IV
- Riemannian Geometry IV
- Topology III
- Elliptic Functions IV
Modules in Probability and Statistics:
- Mathematical Finance III and IV
- Decision Theory III
- Operations Research III
- Probability III and IV
- Statistical Methods III
- Topics in Statistics III and IV.
Modules in Applications of Mathematics:
- Advanced Quantum Theory IV
- Dynamical Systems III
- General Relativity III and IV
- Mathematical Biology III
- Numerical Differential Equations III and IV
- Partial Differential Equations III and IV
- Quantum Information III
- Quantum Mechanics III
- Statistical Mechanics III and IV.
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 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
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
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£6,900.00 per year|
|Home Student||£6,900.00 per year|
|Island Student||£6,900.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£16,500.00 per year|
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
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Scholarships and funding
Department of Mathematical Sciences
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