Taught course

Discrete Mathematics and its Applications

University of Essex · Department of Mathematical Sciences

Entry requirements

A degree with an overall high 2:2

MSc and Postgraduate Diploma

Months of entry


Course content

Discrete mathematics underlies some vital situations in practical life.

Game theory, with roots in mathematics, statistics and economics, is routinely applied to understanding and predicting human behaviour. Problems of protection of digital information against piracy are closely related to aspects of set systems. And the RSA cryptosystem, used on computers all over the world, depends on classical results of number theory.

Our MSc Discrete Mathematics and its Applications covers many aspects of discrete mathematics and their potential use in practice, and provides you with options in:

  • Optimisation
  • Machine learning
  • Data mining
  • Statistics

Our interdisciplinary research recognises that mathematics, including what can be very abstract mathematics, is an essential part of research in many other disciplines.

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in many areas including semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719