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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

How to apply for an MSc degree

What to do if you are ready to apply

  1. You have to find two referees who could comment on your academic ability, e.g. your mentors or lecturers. Then ask your referees to email references to our postgraduate secretary to support your application for taught MSc in Mathematical Sciences at Durham.
  2. Complete the on-line application form for taught MSc in Mathematical Sciences.
  3. Email (forward) the confirmation of your submitted application to the MSc course director Dr Pavel Tumarkin and also include the highest (or expected) qualification, e.g. BSc in Maths at Durham University 2013-2016, and the final (or current) grade point average, e.g. 80%.
  4. After receiving our admissions problems on probability, linear algebra, multivariable calculus, complex analysis, you will have about a week to return rigorous solutions that you have individually completed without any help: type your arguments or scan your script and email pdf or use a photo camera and email jpg. If you make progress at first attempt, we may give you a chance to submit amended solutions. Make sure that you have a week relatively free for solving the problems.

Application procedure

There is no formal deadline for applications for our two taught MSc programmes, but we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Indeed, the university cannot guarantee college accommodation if you have not been offered a place by the first of July for entry in October of the same year.

Students taking the courses are formally admitted to the University via a College or Society of the University and the Graduate School. Applications should be submitted on-line through the Graduate School; see their application web pages for more details of the on-line application system. If it is not possible for you to complete the on-line application form, please contact the department:

Postgraduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Durham,
South Rd,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 3050. Fax: +44 (0)191 334 3051.

Reference letters and Curriculum Vitae should be sent to the above address too if you have not uploaded them to the application system.


The department welcomes enquiries about postgraduate admission. Below is the list of MSc Course Directors. Do contact them if you have questions.

Degree/Area Contact Person Email
MSc in Mathematical Sciences Dr Pavel Tumarkin
MSc in Particles, Strings and Cosmology Dr David Cerdeno