Taught course

Mathematics

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
Qualifications
MScGradDipGradCert

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Entry requirements

Second-class honours degree (2:2) or above with mathematics as the main field of study. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in another quantitative subject may be able to take Birkbeck’s Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma in Mathematics as a qualifying course.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our MSc Mathematics offers you the chance to study a range of modules in pure and applicable mathematics that are taught by active researchers. Depending on your choices, you will take either seven or eight modules, allowing you to study several different topics in depth, and to focus on the areas that interest you most.

You will also learn the methods of mathematical research: how to read mathematical papers and how to communicate mathematics, both in written form for your project dissertation, and orally when you give presentations about your project.

You will acquire the skills to pursue your interest in the subject, either formally with a research degree, or informally with independent reading. You will come to us as someone with a mathematics degree; you will graduate as a mathematician.

Our students appreciate the flexibility of this programme and the valuable support and direct interaction (face-to-face or online) with experienced lecturers who are also active researchers at the forefront of their discipline.

Whichever route you decide to take with our MSc Mathematics, you will gain access to resources for each module via our Moodle virtual learning environment, for example, typed lecture notes with worked examples and practice exercise, recordings of lectures, opportunities for interaction with lecturers and classmates via discussion forums or through our online teaching platform, Blackboard Collaborate. You will also have access to electronic textbooks and other digital resources via the library. In the past we have had students successfully complete our modules remotely from as far away as Antarctica!

The Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Mathematics is designed to be as flexible as possible; you will have a choice of modules taken from our BSc Mathematics. You will meet with the programme director before the start of the academic year and decide on a suitable programme of study, based on your interests and experience. This is an undergraduate-level qualification that will prepare you for postgraduate study. Graduate Certificates/Diplomas typically take one to two years to complete and are made up of two, three or four modules at final-year undergraduate degree level (worth 60, 90 or 120 credits).

Highlights
  • Offers modules in topics such as group theory, graph theory, combinatorics, coding theory and cryptography.
  • Delivered via high-quality, face-to-face teaching in the evenings, or by distance learning, so that you can fit study around daytime commitments.
  • You complete a project in your chosen area of mathematics, with guidance from an expert supervisor.
  • We are a small and friendly department so our academics are available for you to ask questions and discuss your ideas.
  • Birkbeck's mathematicians are all active researchers, mostly in the areas of algebra and combinatorics. We've developed this exciting course around our research strengths.
  • Birkbeck has a Library and several workstation rooms. You can also use several local university libraries, including the collection of the London Mathematical Society, a five-minute walk from Birkbeck's main building.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • GradDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • GradCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700