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Interdisciplinary Mathematics (MSc) (2021 Entry)

  • Course Code
  • P-G1P9
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

The Interdisciplinary Mathematics MSc course encompasses a breadth of pure and applied mathematics and statistics, with skills useful for a range of future scientific careers. The Warwick Mathematics Institute, ranked 3rd by REF 2014, allows you to combine mathematics with an outside discipline, eg. Biology or Computation.

Our MSc programme encompasses a breadth of pure and applied mathematics. This makes it an ideal choice if you aspire to become a professional scientist or you have a reasonable mathematical background and wish to learn about the interactions between sciences and mathematics. As an interdisciplinary MSc student, you will take modules in related subjects such as Physics, Biology, Economics or any of the other departments listed below. The knowledge and skills you will acquire will prove useful for a range of future scientific careers or if you wish to progress to PhD level studies in Mathematics or one of the sciences.

Core Modules

  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

A wide selection of optional modules is offered in both pure and applied mathematics.

In addition, a wide selection of modules is offered from the following departments:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Warwick Medical School (WMS)
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Warwick Business School (WBS)
  • Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)


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.

Contact Hours

Contact hours will vary between 12 and 14 each week.

Class Sizes

The class sizes vary between 20 and 70.


Term 1 (October - December) You attend roughly half of your modules 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.

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.

Skills from this degree

  • Conducting independent research on a challenging problem
  • Gathering and organizing data to make a case
  • Preparing and delivering a technical presentation
  • Scientific communication
  • Technical precision
  • Organising, absorbing and consolidating information and techniques
  • Applying knowledge in the solution of complex problems

Minimum requirements First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional course costs for this course.

Graduates have pursued roles such as: actuaries; finance and investment analysts and advisers and university researchers.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Maths Careers Fair
  • Careers in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Mathematics at work – The practical application of Maths in the workplace
  • Placement and graduate opportunities at the Government Actuary’s Department

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.