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The Pure Mathematics section is part of Imperial's Department of Mathematics, which is part of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

The MSc in Pure Mathematics will provide you with the opportunity to learn a core of advanced pure Mathematics together with a range of more specialized options, and to undertake an independent project. These will equip you with a range of mathematical skills in problem-solving, project work and presentation, enabling you to take a role in a variety of situations in employment and research.

The full time MSc consists of a twelve-month programme in which students take eight taught courses and work on a written project under the direction of a supervisor. Students may attend lectures in up to 8 courses; they may only enter the examination in 7 of these.

The Pure Mathematics section is consistently rated one of the top in the country for research. The taught courses cover a range of topics in analysis, geometry and topology, number theory, algebra and combinatorics that reflect the research interests of the Pure Mathematics section. In addition to attending the taught courses, you will also undertake independent work on a written project. A list of projects and supervisors is issued before the end of the first term. Students choose their MSc project supervisor and topic in late November and they start work on it early in the second term. More information on the structure and regulations of the program and details of assessment can be found in the Course Handbook, which is available on the current MSc students page.

Our MSc graduates find employment in the fields of Education, Research, Actuarial Analysis, Risk Analysis, Investment Banking, Management Consultancy.

Key course information

Key course information including entry requirements, fees, funding and how to apply can be found on the Online Postgraduate Prospectus page.

Further information

Further details about the course can be found below.


Programme Details

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.

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 7 modules plus a research project. Part time students normally take 3/4 modules in the first year and 4/3 in the second, along with the research project.

Information about the modules can be found in the course handbook (up to date course handbooks can be found on the current 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 Pure 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. 


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for. See Imperial Postgraduate Scholarships for general opportunities.