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Applicants should have mathematical and practical motivation, and be anticipating a first class degree (or a high 2:1) in an analytical subject.

The entry requirements for Mathematics of Systems (MSc leading to PhD) for the academic year 20/21 are:

  • Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK University, or the equivalent qualification and grade from a non-UK University.
  • Applicants must have, or be expected to achieve, an English language test certificate that meets our Band A English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall with no component score below 6.0 (or equivalent).
  • Two references from academic staff who have taught you on your current or most recent degree.
  • You should tell us about your most recent English language test. Please see our Study pages for the English Language qualifications we accept.
  • The University will accept professional references if you have been out of higher education for over two years. These must be submitted by your current or most recent line manager. Please note that personal references, such as those from family and friends, are not acceptable.
  • Please note: If your qualification documents are not in your current name please also provide evidence of your change of name. This can be uploaded in the same file as the certificate or transcript, within the application system.
If you are interested in applying for a place on our MSc+PhD programme in Mathematics of Systems, you can submit an online application via the University of Warwick Online Application Portal. Please read the Postgraduate step by step guide for help with the application process. When applying, please clearly state in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for the MathSys 1+3 course, and whether or not you wish to be considered for a funded place. Limited funding places are available for the 1+3 course. Whilst we are happy to receive applications for MSc-only or PhD-only, we are not able to provide funding for these.

You are also encouraged to attend one of our Open Days.

There is no formal deadline by which applications must be submitted, but applicants should note that applications can only be considered once the application fee has been paid and all supporting documentation has been received, and that both places to study and available funding will be limited. Therefore early submission of your application to study is encouraged.

We are also happy to receive applications for MSc-only or for PhD-only, but we are unable to offer funding for these. To apply for a place on the PhD-only (P-G1PG) programme, we require you to have done (or be completing) an equivalent MSc to ours with high results, to have identified a clear research proposal and supervisors, and to have a source of funding in place (e.g. personal/family funds). There is no need for the start date of a PhD-only course to be synchronised with the academic year; applications are taken all year round.

Application Checklist

For an application to study to be complete and considered by the Centre, applicants must ensure they have completed all of the following:

  1. Completed and submitted the online application form via the University of Warwick Online Applications Portal
  2. Paid the application fee.
  3. Received e-mail notification of your Applicant ID Number from the University of Warwick Postgraduate Admissions Office.
  4. Clearly stated in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for the MathSys 1+3 course (course code P-G1PF), or the PhD-only course if applicable (course code P-G1PG).
  5. If you wish to be considered for a funded place on the 1+3 course, please ensure that you have clearly stated in your personal statement that this is the case.
  6. Provided information in your application on your general motivation for the course, what you hope to achieve on the course, and how your education and experience to date would make you suitable for the course.
  7. Provided contact details of two academic referees, and advised them in advance that they will be contacted by the University of Warwick to submit a reference to support your application to study.
  8. Provided transcripts of your previous qualifications, and of any marks you have achieved to date on any current study you are undertaking.
  9. Provided an up-to-date CV (this can be uploaded under 'Additional Information' on the Qualifications page of the online application form).
  10. For EU and international candidates, you should also provide a certified English translation of your transcripts and certificates if they are not in English, and confirmation of your English Language Proficiency.

Consideration of applications

Your online application and supporting documents will be considered by our Admissions Tutors. If your application is taken forward to the next stage, applicants will usually be interviewed. Applicants for funded places will generally be interviewed by two academic members of MathSys staff, and a joint decision reached by them. Admissions decisions will be communicated to you via the central Postgraduate Admissions Service. Research Council Studentship offers will be made directly from the MathSys CDT Admissions tutors.


Next MSc start date: 28 September 2020

There are a number of scholarships that are available for the MathSys programme starting in September 2020.