Mathematics

Key information

Start date: October 2018
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

Our MSc in Pure Mathematics is offered full-time over one year and part-time over two years.

This course provides outstanding training in different aspects of Pure Mathematics, equipping you with a range of mathematical skills in problem-solving, project work and presentation.

You have the opportunity to learn advanced core pure mathematics topics together with a range of more specialised options, and undertake an independent research project in your chosen area.

The programme includes a wide range of lecture modules in analysis, geometry and topology, algebra, number theory and combinatorics, equipping students for a variety of roles in employment and research.

Study programme

The twelve-month full-time programme is made up of eight taught modules, of which you are assessed on seven modules, and a written research project under the direction of a supervisor.

Part-time students will usually study four modules in the first year, and take three modules in the second year.

A list of projects and supervisors is issued before the end of the first term. You choose your supervisor and topic toward the end of November, and begin working on your project in the second term. The project is then submitted in September.

Part-time students submit their projects in September of their second year.

Careers

The wide range topics and taught sessions will equip you with a range of mathematical skills in problem-solving, project work and presentation, enabling you to take a role in a variety of situations in employment and research.

Our MSc graduates find employment in the fields of Education, Research, Actuarial Analysis, Risk Analysis, Investment Banking and Management Consultancy.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Optional modules – Group 1

You choose 3 optional modules from below.

  • Analytic Methods in Partial Differential Equations
  • Commutative Algebra
  • Complex manifolds
  • Differential Topology
  • Elliptic Curves
  • Groups and Representations
  • Introduction to Advanced Analysis
  • Lie Algebras
  • Manifolds
  • Modular Forms
  • Representations of Symmetric Groups
  • Riemannian Geometry
  • Stochastic Filtering

Optional modules – Group 2

You choose 4 optional modules from below.

  • Algebra 3
  • Algebraic Combinatorics
  • Algebraic Number Theory
  • Analytic Number Theory
  • Fourier Analysis and Theory of Distributions
  • Functional Analysis
  • Galois Theory
  • Geometry I: Algebraic Curves
  • Geometry II: Algebraic Topology
  • Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 1
  • Group Theory
  • Integration Theory and Applications
  • Number Theory
  • Probability
  • Representation Theory

Research project

You complete a research project, which includes researching a topic, completing a written report and an oral examination. The research project will be based around a mathematical topic from the core course areas: analysis, algebra, combinatorics, geometry or number theory.

You will receive direction from a supervisor, and you advised to contact a faculty member with expertise in your chosen area. Work on your research project formally begins in early January, when you will discuss your project in detail with your chosen supervisor.

You will usually complete the written report after final examinations. The written report contains a detailed exposition of the work that you have done. The style of the report is largely the same as in mathematical textbooks and research papers. You are expected to give precise definitions, theorems, lemmas, proofs, examples, and any new results or computations.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Computing
  • Independent research project
  • Lectures
  • Office hours
  • Problem sheets
  • Tutorials

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Oral presentation
  • Written examination

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Full-time £10,000
Part-time £5,000 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Full-time £26,000
Part-time £13,000 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in mathematics, applied mathematics, engineering or physics.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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