School of Mathematical Sciences

MSc Mathematics

Full time and part time, with options in Statistics

The School of Mathematical Sciences offers an MSc in Mathematics to students who have already done very well in a first degree with high mathematical content. The MSc programme, which starts in late September, is offered full-time over one year or part-time over two.

Advanced mathematics is intrinsically beautiful yet also underlies many aspects of everyday life. Consequently, both the breadth of current research and its power in applications are reflected in this programme. Modules are offered in pure mathematics (especially algebra and combinatorics), applied mathematics (especially dynamical systems and networks, and including astronomy and relativity if desired), and probability and statistics. This results in a flexible MSc which opens doors to further research or top careers requiring mathematical ability. Our alumni have gone on to roles spanning statistical analysis, technology consulting, auditing, software engineering, teaching and more, working across the public and private sectors.

The programme consists of eight taught modules (of which seven can be chosen according to your own areas of interest) and a dissertation. We offer a broad range of dissertation topics giving you the possibility to interact with our world-leading research groups and even develop your own original contribution – excellent preparation for those interested in pursuing a PhD in mathematics or statistics. Examples of past projects include: classical groups and simplicity; deterministic chaos; the Rendezvous Search Problem; and proof of the Sylow Theorem.

Why study with us?

  • You will be taught by helpful, enthusiastic academic staff who are world-experts in their fields.
  • The programme is flexible and allows you to choose modules in different areas or specialise in one.
  • As well as access to the extensive Queen Mary Library resources, MSc Mathematics students enjoy a spacious recently refurbished IT Lab and a dedicated computer network with state-of-the-art software and printing facilities.
  • We offer £3000 scholarships to top applicants for 2019 entry.  More information will be available on our scholarships webpages shortly.
  • We have new postgraduate student accommodation available from September 2018

Our links with industry

We offer all students the opportunity to take the prestigious Microsoft Office Specialist qualification

Citi sponsor Maths careers events on campus

Programme Director

This MSc programme is directed by Dr Rosemary Harris, Reader in Applied Mathematics. Rosemary has a D.Phil. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Oxford, and her current research interests are focused on stochastic non-equilibrium processes including:

  • interacting particle systems, large deviations, fluctuation relations;
  • applications, e.g., traffic, econophysics, biological modelling.

She enjoys travelling, hillwalking and trying to play squash.

Student profile

Maria Sultana (MSc Mathematics graduate, 2016)

The MSc modules are very thought-provoking; I relish the opportunity to work things out for myself or to collaborate with others on the course, studying together to tackle problems and identify solutions”