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Durham University


G1K509 Mathematical Sciences MSc Postgraduate Taught 2021


Please note: 2021-22 courses may be affected by Covid-19 and are therefore subject to change due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Applicants will be informed of any changes which we are required to make to course entries as a result of Covid-19.

Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 04/10/2021
Location Durham City
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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.

Examples of optional modules include: 

Modules in Pure Mathematics:

  •  Algebraic Topology IV
  •  Analysis III/IV
  •  Codes and Cryptography III
  •  Differential Geometry III
  •  Galois Theory III
  •  Geometry III/IV
  •  Mathematical Dynamics IV
  •  Number Theory III/IV
  •  Representation Theory IV
  •  Riemannian Geometry IV
  •  Topology III
  •  Topics in Algebra and Geometry IV

Modules in Probability and Statistics:

  •  Bayesian Statistics III/IV 
  •  Mathematical Finance III/IV
  •  Decision Theory III
  •  Operations Research III
  •  Statistical Methods III
  • Stochastic Processes III/IV

Modules in Applications of Mathematics:

  •  Advanced Quantum Theory IV
  •  Fluid Mechanics III/IV
  •  Dynamical Systems III
  •  General Relativity IV
  •  Mathematical Biology III 
  •  Partial Differential Equations III
  •  Quantum Information III
  •  Quantum Mechanics III
  •  Statistical Mechanics IV
  •  Solitons III/IV
  •  Topics in Applied Mathematics IV

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 you a wide mathematical background allowing you 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 a 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. You choose 6 modules, each module has 2 lectures per week and one fortnightly problem class. There are ten teaching weeks in the Michaelmas term and nine teaching weeks in Epiphany term. In addition, lecturers also set a number of homework assignments which give you the chance to test your 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. 


English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £23,400.00 per year
Home Student £10,500.00 per year
Island Student £10,500.00 per year
International non-EU Student £23,400.00 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

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

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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 you can actively participate. One measure of the vibrancy of our research is the number of postgraduate students we attract.


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