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MSc Mathematics

University of Surrey
Surrey, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England12mths full-time

Why Surrey?
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 70 per cent of our research in mathematics was rated in the top categories as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This metric puts us fifth equal in applied mathematics.

Programme overview
During the first two semesters, students on this programme will take eight modules from those offered by the Department of Mathematics from the lists below. At least six of the modules must be taken from the Level 7 list. Students may not take a Level 6 module that overlaps significantly with a module taken during their undergraduate studies. Each student will be assigned a tutor to provide advice on their choices of modules, taking into account their academic background and their ambitions for the future. Each year the Department will typically offer five to seven modules from the Level 6 list and eight to ten from the Level 7 list. These lists are subject to revision.

During the summer, students undertake an extensive research project under the supervision of a member of the Department of Mathematics. The topic of the dissertation will typically be aligned with the interests of one or more of the Department’s four research groups: Biosystems; Dynamical Systems & Partial Differential Equations; Fields, Strings & Geometry; Fluid Mechanics & Meteorology.

Module overview (all compulsory)
On this MSc there are four semester 1 modules which are taught over ten weeks. In semester 2, you will undertake another four modules, each taught intensively over two weeks. You will also complete a Research Project which spans over the two semesters and the summer period. If you are studying on a part-time basis, you will take two modules per semester over the two years, and complete your Research Project in the second year.

Level 6 Modules:

– Numerical Solution of PDEs
– Quantum Mechanics
– Manifolds and Topology
– Mathematics of Weather
– Graphs and Networks

Level 7 Modules:

– Functional Analysis and PDEs
– Quantum Field Theory
– General Topology
– Advanced Techniques in Mathematics
– Lie Algebras
– Nonlinear Wave Equations
– Nonlinear Patterns
– Geometric Mechanics
– Representation Theory
– Relativity
– Ecological and Epidemiological Modelling
– Dissertation (compulsory)

Mathematics is not only central to science, technology and finance-related fields, but the logical insight, analytical skills and intellectual discipline gained from a mathematical education are highly sought after in a broad range of other areas such as law, business and management. There is also a strong demand for new mathematics teachers to meet the ongoing shortage in schools.

As well as being designed to meet the needs of future employers, our MSc programme also provides a solid foundation from which to pursue further research in mathematics or one of the many areas to which mathematical ideas and techniques are applied.

This is a new programme and so there are no data yet on destinations of graduates. However recent graduates of Surrey’s BSc and MMath in Mathematics have proceeded to positions with employers such as BAE Systems, Lloyds TSB Group, Skandia Life, Friends Provident, Logica CMG, UniChem, Generics UK, Thames Water, the Civil Service and QinetiQ, as well as to postgraduate research programmes at Surrey and other universities.

Entry requirements
At least a 2.1 BSc degree or equivalent in mathematics or a closely related discipline. This must include a sufficient mathematical preparation for the programme.

How to apply
For more information on the course and how to apply please visit the course website.

General enquiries:
+44 (0)1483 681 681

Admissions enquiries:
+44 (0)1483 682 222

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