Taught course

Pre-Masters Certificate in Mathematics

University of Birmingham · School of Mathematics

Entry requirements

Overseas students: Undergraduate (BSc) degree in Mathematics or Mathematics related subject or General BSc with Mathematics as a substantial subject from a recognised University. Grade: Equivalent to UK - Min 2:1. Home students: Minimum BSc degree in Mathematics or Mathematics related subject or General BSc with Mathematics as a substantial subject. Grade: Min 2:1.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme aims to provide an opportunity for graduates in any programme with a substantial mathematics element to fill in the gaps in their mathematical background and thus enable them to study an MSc or MRes programme, either organised by the School of Mathematics or by another School with a contribution from the School of Mathematics. Based on individual assessments of the candidates a bespoke programme will be compiled for them from the list of optional modules.

Breakdown of course

For each candidate a programme of six courses will be compiled from courses from the School's undergraduate programme according to the individual student needs. Lectures for each module will be delivered over the Autumn and Spring terms. The following list of optional modules is typical of the large array of courses available. Each module listed below comprises a total of 20 credits and students need to obtain 120 credits in total.


  • Algebra & Combinatorics
  • Impact of Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Mathematical Modelling & Problem Solving
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Real Analysis & the Calculus
  • Vectors, Geometry & Linear Algebra
  • Real & Complex Variable Theory
  • Polynomials and Rings & Metric Spaces
  • Symmetry and Groups
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Linear Algebra & Programming
  • Applied Mathematics II
  • Statistics II
  • Linear Programming

Each module will be taught through a mixture of lectures, self study and supporting classes.

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005