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Mathematics - MSc (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

If you see yourself as a research mathematician of the future, this course could appeal to you. For enthusiastic mathematicians, it’s a chance to further develop your knowledge if you already have an undergraduate mathematics, physics or statistics degree. If your academic background is not in these areas, this course could still appeal if you’re a strong mathematician looking for a return to formal education.


Your studies will include a mix of lecture-based modules and independent research. In your final year, you’ll be able to explore a chosen subject in depth and present your findings in a written dissertation.

Core Module:

  • Dissertation

Optional Modules:

This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. At a research led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the optional modules available in this department please visit the department website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

The Mathematics MSc is made up of a taught component, consisting primarily of lecture modules and subsequent examinations, and a research component consisting of a written dissertation exploring a topic in depth. Credits are measured in CATS. The MSc degree has a total of 180 CATS with 90 CATS coming from the taught component and 90 CATS coming from the dissertation.


  • Term 1 (October - December) - You attend roughly half of your modules (measured in CATS) and begin discussing dissertation topics with members of staff.
  • Term 2 (January - March) - You attend the remaining modules, register for examinations, declare a dissertation topic and a supervisor, and start background work on the topic.
  • Term 3 (April - June) - You take examinations for the Term 1 and 2 modules and continue to work on your dissertation.
  • Internal Exam Board Meeting (Late June) - Your examination results are considered by the internal examination board; recommendations are made based on your performance.
  • Summer (July - September) - You work full-time on your dissertation, and you may give an oral presentation to staff during the summer. Completed dissertations are due in early September.
  • Full Exam Board Meeting (late September) - Your examinations and dissertation are considered by the full MSc Examination Board. The Examination Board recommends the award of a MSc degree to those who have successfully passed both the examination and dissertation elements of the degree requirement. The award of MSc with Merit or Distinction is possible for students who have performed very well.

Graduate Destinations:

Many of our MSc postgraduates have gone on to study for a PhD in Mathematics or moved into scientific research. Other alumni have entered careers that include banking, finance and insurance.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Entry requirements

First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band A

Department of study

Warwick Mathematics Institute

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £9,250* per year
Overseas: £24,640* per year

*Fees to be confirmed for 2018.

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.