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The course

The MSc in Pure Mathematics offers a core of advanced pure Mathematics modules, together with a range of more specialised options which cover topics including analysis, geometry and topology, number theory, algebra and combinatorics. Students also undertake independent work on a written project.

Programme overview

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.

Course Modules

Find out more about the core and optional course modules offered as part of the MSc in Pure Mathematics.

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 MathematicsThe days that students are required to spend in College depends 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. 


The programme equips students with a range of mathematical skills in problem-solving, project work and presentation, preparing them to take on roles in a variety of situations in employment and research. Our MSc graduates find employment in fields such as education, research, actuarial analysis, risk analysis, investment banking and management consultancy.