Pure Mathematics
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Pure Mathematics

Obtain transferrable mathematical skills needed for employment and future research.

Develop your knowledge of pure mathematics alongside a range of transferrable skills

Develop research expertise in topics ranging from geometry and number theory to algebra and analysis

Design your own learning plan and tailor the course to your career interests

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year, 2 years

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode

    Full-time, Part-time

  • Fees

    • Full-time: £13,800
      Part-time: £6,900 per year Home

    • Full-time: £34,350
      Part-time: £17,175 per year Overseas

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  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in mathematics or applied mathematics

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Course overview

Advance your understanding of Pure Mathematics on this Master's course.

Carried out over one or two years, this course will train you in a range of mathematical skills in problem-solving, project work and presentation.

The flexible programme also allows you to pick from a range of optional modules to design your own learning plan.

It reflects key research interests in Pure Mathematics, including analysis, geometry and topology, number theory and algebra.

You'll also apply your knowledge from the course to an independent research project in an area of your choice.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You'll choose eight modules that account for two-thirds of your overall grade. 

Part-time students will choose four modules in the first year and four in the second year.

There are no mandatory core modules except the research project.


Taught modules

You'll also complete a research project based around a mathematical topic from the core course area.

This could include elements of analysis, algebra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory.

The project will be assessed by a written report and an oral examination.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures, tutorials and self-study
  • Research project

  • 67% Lectures, tutorials and self-study
  • 33% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Computing
  • Individual research project
    Independent research project
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Person giving feedback
    Office hours
  • Person completing coursework
    Problem sheets
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial

Balance of assessment


  • Modules
  • Research project

  • 67% Modules
  • 33% Research project

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Oral presentation
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examination

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee




£6,900 per year

Overseas fee




£17,175 per year

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Gain transferable skills relevant to a career in industry, government and academia.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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International banking, computing, business, law and accountancy are just some of your options.

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Other potential career paths could include financial services and healthcare technology.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications