Applications  for Autumn 2023 entry are now closed. 

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 modules and work on a research project under the direction of a supervisor. 


Find out more about the modules offered as part of the MSc in Pure Mathematics.

Further information

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, alongside 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 problem classes each week and these are scheduled between 09:00-18:00 Monday-Friday. The days that students are required to spend in College depends on module selection. Attendance to problem classes 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 modules 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 in 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.


MSc Women’s Scholarship funded in part by Marjorie McDermott

The Department of Mathematics offers the Marjorie McDermott’s scholarship to promote our women scholars as well as Imperial College’s commitments to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity. Marjorie McDermott was an alumna of Imperial’s Department of Mathematics. She graduated with a BSc in Mathematics in 1951 and then completed a DIC (MSc) in 1952.  Each autumn, women in Imperial’s MSc programmes will be invited to apply for a Marjorie McDermott Scholarship. If you are following one of the MSc degrees part-time, you are invited to apply in the second year of your studies.

There are up to two women awarded a scholarship through this route each year. Applicants are expected to have been awarded a First Class or equivalent undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Statistics, or a closely related field. Recipients of the scholarship are awarded a total of £7,500 in two instalments during their master's study. Individual students are not allowed to hold more than one of these scholarships. 

For further information visit the MSc Marjorie McDermott Women's Scholarship page.


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply for this MSc PURE MATHEMATICS course?

The MSc in Pure Mathematics is highly competitive and minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in mathematics or applied mathematics.  For other degrees, the mathematical contents of an applicant’s degree and grades are assessed, and only very high grades are likely to be accepted. You can check the modules to be studied to see if your mathematical knowledge will allow you to succeed in the MSc. Most applicants admitted to the MSc in Pure Mathematics do tend to have a first degree in mathematics.

For further information please visit the following webpages regarding the application process and information about the MSc Pure Mathematics programme:

Prospective students | Faculty of Natural Sciences | Imperial College London

Pure Mathematics MSc | Study | Imperial College London

Apply | Study | Imperial College London

When is the application deadline?

There is no formal closing date but it will close as they become full so early application is generally advised,

If an application deadline does apply, this will be published on the relevant course page. Prospective students | Faculty of Natural Sciences | Imperial College London

Are there any scholarships available?

Information about the scholarships available can be found on the scholarship pages. If there is nothing listed in the search tool, then unfortunately there are no scholarships available from the College.

There may be external scholarships available, please see the International scholarship collaborations page and the Further Funding Opportunities page on our website.

Does my current GPA meet the minimum requirements for this programme? / Do you accept my international qualification?

Please visit this webpage for information on Accepted qualifications | Study | Imperial College London

Do you require my GRE / GMAT score?

We do not require either the GRE or GMAT to consider applications to our MSc programmes in the Department of Mathematics. You are not required to send us your results.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

We aim to make application decisions within 8 weeks of receiving a complete application, which includes references and any supporting documents.

However, some courses will release decisions at certain points in line with published application ‘rounds’.  Where this is the case, the relevant details will be published on our course page.

This decision timeframe may vary throughout the year, especially during peak periods and if the selection process includes an interview.

In addition, if you have applied for a particular funded opportunity, the decision may take longer and you should check the relevant programme/scholarship pages for details.