Autumn term 2020-21

Courses will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing new and returning students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). This ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

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MSc in Applied Mathematics

MSc in Applied Mathematics
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Applications are now closed for Autumn 2020 entry.

The course

It has long been recognised that mathematics is the language of science. Applications of mathematics to traditional areas such as physics, chemistry and engineering have been augmented with applications to biology and even the social sciences. Indeed, the aims and scope of applied mathematics has expanded considerably in recent years. Techniques from Applied Mathematics are currently being used to study problems ranging from climate modelling to the study of the dynamics of opinion formation in societies. 

The goal of the MSc in Applied Mathematics is to offer excellent training in modern applied mathematics. The two main components of the MSc are the courses and the project. During the academic year students can choose from approximately thirty courses in all areas of modern applied mathematics and between almost one hundred projects covering a very broad range of topics in applied mathematics and mathematical physics. The breadth and depth of the courses offered and of the projects make this MSc programme unique.

Find out how to apply.

Further information

Programme overview

Course modules

Students choose eight taught modules which account for two-thirds of their overall grade. Part-time students choose four modules in their first-year and four modules in their second-year.

Find out more about the course modules


A very important part of the MSc programme is the MSc project. The MSc students are provided with a list of projects in late November and they are expected to choose a topic, based on their research interests, before the end of the first term. The MSc students are expected to start preliminary work on their projects early in the second term. The bulk of the work on the project is done during the summer. The MSc project is expected to be quite substantial. In the past, several of the MSc projects have led to publications in scientific journals.

Recommended reading and further information

To find out more about the course, including course handbooks, timetables, information on careers support offered and social events, please see the current student pages.

The part-time option

The part time mode of study follows the same schedule as the full time programme but is completed over 24 months instead of 12. It consists of 8 modules plus a research project. Part time students normally take 4 modules in the first year and 4 in the second, along with the research project.

Find out more about the course modules. Information about the modules can also be found in the course handbook (up to date course handbooks are available on the current MSc students pages).

Each module has 2-3 hours of lectures each week and these are scheduled between 09:00-18:00 Monday-Friday. View an example timetable for MSc in Applied Mathematics.

The days spent in College is dependent on module selection. Attendance at lectures is compulsory and the part time mode of study is not suitable for those who are looking for a distance learning course or evening study.

Part time students are examined in the courses taken for that academic year. All exams are held in the summer exam period, including for any modules taken during the autumn term. The exam period is usually during the first few weeks of May. 


A solid training in applied mathematics provides the necessary background for further postgraduate studies (PhD) and for an academic career. An MSc in Applied Mathematics also leads to many career opportunities in industry, for example in the aerospace, petroleum andfinancial industries. Find out more on the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) website.