Mathematics

Equipping students with a range of transferrable mathematical skills needed for employment and future research.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start date: September 2019
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
More about the course

Overview

Our MSc in Pure Mathematics is offered full-time over one year and part-time over two years.

This course provides training in different aspects of Pure Mathematics, equipping you with a range of mathematical skills in problem-solving, project work and presentation.

You have the opportunity to learn advanced core pure mathematics topics together with a range of more specialised options, and undertake an independent research project in your chosen area.

Study programme

The taught element of the course begins in the autumn term and continues into the spring term. The full-time programme is made up of eight taught modules, but you are only assessed on seven of these. Part-time students study four modules in the first year, and take three modules in the second year.

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.

As well as attending taught courses, you undertake independent work on a written project. A list of projects and supervisors is issued before the end of the first term. You choose your supervisor and topic toward the end of November, and begin working on your project in the second term. The project is then submitted in September.

Part-time students submit their projects in September of their second year.

Careers

Our graduates find employment in a range of fields, including education, research, actuarial analysis, risk analysis, investment banking and management consultancy.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Optional modules – Group 1

You choose 3 optional modules from below. Part-time students choose 2 modules in the first-year and 1 module in the second-year.

  • Algebra 4
  • Algebraic Geometry
  • Analytic Methods in Partial Differential Equations
  • Commutative Algebra
  • Complex Manifolds
  • Differential Topology
  • Elliptic Curves
  • Infinite Groups
  • Lie Algebras
  • Manifolds
  • Modular Forms
  • Random Matrices
  • Riemannian Geometry
  • Stochastic Calculus with Applications to non-Linear Filtering

Optional modules – Group 2

You choose 4 optional modules from below. Part-time students choose 2 modules in the first-year and 2 modules in the second-year.

  • Algebra 3
  • Algebraic Combinatorics
  • Algebraic Number Theory
  • Fourier Analysis and Theory of Distributions
  • Functional Analysis
  • Galois Theory
  • Geometric Complex Analysis
  • Geometry I: Algebraic Curves
  • Geometry II: Algebraic Topology
  • Geometry of Curves and Surfaces
  • Group Representation Theory
  • Group Theory
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Measure and Integration
  • Number Theory
  • Probability

Research project

You complete a research project which includes researching a topic, completing a written report and an oral examination. The research project will be based around a mathematical topic from the core course area including analysis, algebra, combinatorics, geometry and number theory.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Computing
  • Independent research project
  • Lectures
  • Office hours
  • Problem sheets
  • Tutorials

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Oral presentation
  • Written examination

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in mathematics or applied mathematics.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

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

How to apply

Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

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

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entry
Full-time£10,500 per year
Part-time£5,250 per year

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entry
Full-time£27,000 per year
Part-time£13,500 per year

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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