The School of Mathematical Sciences offers a flexible 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.
The modules (lecture courses) offered reflect the research strengths of the School of Mathematical Sciences, and are concentrated in pure mathematics (especially algebra and combinatorics), probability and statistics, dynamical systems, and networks. Students can study mostly pure mathematics, pure and applied mathematics (including, if desired, some astronomy and relativity), or mathematics with statistics. The MSc in Mathematics includes a project dissertation, and can provide excellent preparation for those interested in pursuing research in mathematics or statistics.
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 it 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 recently refurbished IT lab for their use in the School Offices (Queens' building, W307).
- We expect to be able to offer on-campus accommodation to all new full-time postgraduate students coming from outside the London area.
The Learning Resource centre has 200 networked PCs and is open to students round the clock, there are dedicated workstations for postgraduate students. MSc Mathematics students benefit from access to a large shared office in the Mathematics Building and a dedicated computer network.
You will have access to Queen Mary's comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. Our library has about 8,000 mathematical books and subscribes to a large number of mathematical journals. There is also access to substantial numbers of electronic journals.
MSc Mathematics students are required to take eight taught modules, including the compulsory module MTH700 Research Methods in Mathematical Sciences. An MSc taught module typically comprises 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials, given during one of the two 12-week teaching semesters. Our currently offered MSc modules in mathematics and statistics are listed below. In addition to these, as part of their taught module requirement, an MSc student may also choose up to two approved Level 6 undergraduate mathematics or statistics modules (external link) and up to two approved MSc Astrophysics modules (external link) offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy.
An MSc Mathematics student must also submit a project dissertation, which is completed during the summer.
We give below descriptions of our Level 7 (MSc level) modules in Mathematics and Statistics. Please note that all modules are subject to change.
- MTH742P: Advanced Combinatorics
- MTH793P: Advanced Machine Learning
- MTHM002: Applied Statistics
- MTH776P: Bayesian Statistics
- MTH743P: Complex Systems
- MTH791P: Computational Statistics with R
- MTH744P: Dynamical Systems
- MTH718P: Further Group Theory
- MTH745P: Further Topics in Algebra
- MTH750P: Graphs and Networks
- MTH786P: Machine Learning with Python
- MTHM007: Measure Theory and Probability
- MTH751P: Processes on Networks
- MTH712P: Topics in Probability and Stochastic Processes
- MTH739P: Topics in Scientific Computing
- MTHM038 Mathematics Dissertation / Project
The majority of our applicants will have an undergraduate degree with first class or upper second class honours (or international equivalent). Offers will typically be made at 2.1 level (upper second class) or equivalent. Students with a good lower second class degree may be considered on an individual basis. In some cases your offer may include additional conditions, such as minimum grades in specified modules, in order to ensure that you are sufficiently qualified for our MSc programmes.
For this programme we expect you to have completed an undergraduate degree in mathematics, or in mathematics with another subject, such as statistics, physics or computing. Your undergraduate modules must provide sufficient background to enable you to take an appropriate selection of our MSc modules.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at QMUL. For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the International section of the QMUL website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Non-native English speakers are required to have minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Find out more about our English language entry requirements. If you have not achieved the required English language level yet, you may be eligible to take a Pre-sessional English course, or continue to take English language tests in your country to reach the level needed. Visit: www.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/language-centre/presessionals
Learning and teaching
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.
For every hour spent in formal study you will be expected to complete a further five to six hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions, reading, producing written work, completing projects and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill for people who envisage going on to a research career in academia or elsewhere.
Modules can be assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination. Examinations are held between May and early June on the modules taken. Dissertations are evaluated in September. Successful completion of the MSc programme will result in the award of the degree of MSc in Mathematics (possibly with merit or with distinction).
The School of Mathematical Sciences is committed to supporting you through your studies and there is a wide range of support services available both in the School and within QMUL to assist you during your time here.
You will be assigned an Academic Advisor when you enrol with us who will usually stay with you during your time at QMUL. Your Academic Advisor can help to guide you through any academic issues, such as choosing which modules to study.
The School of Mathematical Sciences has a dedicated Student Support Officer to provide you with advice and guidance on any issues that are not primarily academic. The Student Support Officer oversees the i2 - Keepin' It Real initiative which exists to promote and support a positive student experience and is also able to direct you to appropriate QMUL support services. For more information about central student support services, please see Advice and Counselling.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £9,350
Part time £4,675
Tuition fees for International students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £16,850
Part time £8,425
Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.
This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
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”