Taught course

Mathematical Sciences

Durham University · Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Entry requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This course aims to bring you, in 12 months, to a position where you can embark with confidence on a wide range of careers, including taking a PhD in Mathematics or related disciplines. There is a wide range of taught modules on offer, and you will also produce a dissertation on a topic of current research interest taken from your choice of a wide range of subjects offered.

Course structure and overview

  • Six taught modules in October-May
  • A dissertation in June-September.
Examples of optional modules include:

Modules in Pure Mathematics:

  • Algebraic Topology IV
  • Analysis III/IV
  • Codes and Cryptography III
  • Differential Geometry III
  • Galois Theory III
  • Geometry III/IV
  • Mathematical Dynamics IV
  • Number Theory III/IV
  • Representation Theory IV
  • Riemannian Geometry IV
  • Topology III
  • Topics in Algebra and Geometry IV

Modules in Probability and Statistics:

  • Bayesian Statistics III/IV
  • Mathematical Finance III/IV
  • Decision Theory III
  • Operations Research III
  • Statistical Methods III
  • Stochastic Processes III/IV

Modules in Applications of Mathematics:

  • Advanced Quantum Theory IV
  • Fluid Mechanics III/IV
  • Dynamical Systems III
  • General Relativity IV
  • Mathematical Biology III
  • Partial Differential Equations III
  • Quantum Information III
  • Quantum Mechanics III
  • Statistical Mechanics IV
  • Solitons III/IV
  • Topics in Applied Mathematics IV

Information for international students

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,500.00 per year
International students
£23,400.00 per year


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of Mathematical Sciences