Durham University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Mathematical Sciences (Taught)

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Course summary

This course aims to bring you, in 12 months, to a position where you can embark with confidence on a wide range of careers, including taking a PhD in Mathematics or related disciplines. There is a wide range of taught modules on offer, and you will also produce a dissertation on a topic of current research interest taken from your choice of a wide range of subjects offered.

Course details


Six taught modules in October-May A dissertation in June-September. Examples of optional modules: Modules in Pure Mathematics: Algebraic Topology IV Analysis III/IV Codes and Cryptography III Differential Geometry III Galois Theory III Geometry III/IV Mathematical Dynamics IV Number Theory III/IV Representation Theory IV Riemannian Geometry IV Topology III Topics in Algebra and Geometry IV Modules in Probability and Statistics: Bayesian Statistics III/IV Mathematical Finance III/IV Decision Theory III Operations Research III Statistical Methods III Stochastic Processes III/IV Modules in Applications of Mathematics: Advanced Quantum Theory IV Fluid Mechanics III/IV Dynamical Systems III General Relativity IV Mathematical Biology III Partial Differential Equations III Quantum Information III Quantum Mechanics III Statistical Mechanics IV Solitons III/IV Topics in Applied Mathematics IV

Assessment method

This is a full-year degree course, starting early October and finishing in the middle of the subsequent September. The aim of the course is to give you a wide mathematical background allowing you to either proceed to PhD or to apply the gained knowledge in industry. The course consists of three modules: the first two are the Michaelmas and Epiphany lecture courses covering a variety of topics in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. The third module is a dissertation on a topic of current research, prepared under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in the area. We offer a wide variety of possible dissertation topics. The main group of lectures is given in the first two terms of the academic year (Michaelmas and Epiphany), there are also two revision lectures in the third term (Easter). This part of the course is assessed by examinations. You choose six modules, each module has two lectures per week and one fortnightly problem class. There are ten teaching weeks in the Michaelmas term and nine teaching weeks in Epiphany term. In addition, lecturers also set a number of homework assignments which give you the chance to test your understanding of the material. The dissertation must be submitted by mid-September, the end of the 12 month course period.

Entry requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £24800 Year 1
EU £24800 Year 1
England £11000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £11000 Year 1
Scotland £11000 Year 1
Wales £11000 Year 1
Channel Islands £11000 Year 1
International £24800 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships available for 2022 entry will be determined in September 2021. Over 60 scholarships are available, each year. Some scholarships are awarded to more than one person. For further information see the course listing.

Mathematical Sciences at Durham University - UCAS