Taught course


University of Essex · Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Entry requirements

A degree with an overall mid 2.2 in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or Operational Research.

Applications from students with a 2:2 or equivalent will be considered dependent on any relevant professional or voluntary experience, previous modules studied and/or personal statement.

Months of entry


Course content

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 Mathematics 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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