Applied Mathematics MRes

Postgraduate combined research and teaching degree programme Applied Mathematics MRes:

This programme involves both taught classes in Applied Mathematics and a substantial MRes thesis which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total degree.

The MRes can be used as the first phase of our fast track PhD programme, in which the MRes thesis is extended over a further period of two years into a PhD thesis.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Combined research and taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 12 months minimum full-time; also available part-time over 2 years

Start date: September


This programme involves both taught classes in Applied Mathematics and a substantial MRes thesis which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total degree. The minimum period of registration is 12 months.

The MRes is an ideal preparation for entry into a PhD programme. Indeed, the MRes programme can be used as the first phase of our fast track PhD programme. This is an excellent option for well-qualified mathematics students who do not have all the necessary mathematical background to start immediately on a PhD in their area of choice. In the fast track programme the MRes thesis is extended over a further period of two years into a PhD thesis.

Each MRes student is assigned a project supervisor who will act as director and mentor in the preparation of the MRes thesis. This gives each student the opportunity to work one-to-one with mathematicians who are international experts in their fields.

In addition to the assessed elements of the course, students are expected to play a full part in the research life of the School. The School has an active seminar programme, and organises international conferences in all areas of mathematics.

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Why study this course

The University of Birmingham is one of the prestigious Russell group research-intensive Universities in the UK. The School of Mathematics attracts gifted graduate students from across the world.

The School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham is a large and thriving department with approximately 50 faculty, over 650 students attending mathematics courses and approximately 60 full-time postgraduate students (UK, EU and International). A friendly, supportive and knowledgeable research environment is available. We offer comprehensive training in research and related skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2015/2016 are as follows:

  • £4,090 for home/EU students
  • £13,195 for international students 

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Scholarships and studentships
Very well qualified MRes students will be considered for School Scholarships for their PhD studies. Contact: Mrs Janette Lowe on +44 (0)121 414 6193 or email Alternatively email

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

Entry requirements

A high standard in a mathematically-based undergraduate degree, equivalent to a UK upper-second or first class degree

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

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Learning and teaching

These courses are approximately one-third course work and two-thirds dissertation. The dissertation is completed under the direction of a project supervisor which gives our students the opportunity to work one-to-one with a leading expert in their field. 

A regular programme of seminars and conferences takes place within the School in a wide range of subjects. Currently thriving at Birmingham are the following research groups:

  • Applied Mathematics: applied analysis, mathematical biology, fluid mechanics, hydrogen energy, fuel cells and their applications, numerical analysis and scientific computation
  • Pure Mathematics: algebra, analysis, combinatorics and logic
  • Theoretical and Computational Optimization: mathematical theory and methods applicable to managerial decision-making
  • Statistics: time series analysis, multivariate statistics, kernel and wavelet based nonparametric smoothing methods, econometrics and medical statistics

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This programme gives comprehensive training in mathematics and areas appropriate to professional development and research foundations. The MRes is an ideal preparation for entry into the PhD programme at Birmingham. In fact, the MRes programme can be used as the first phase of our ?Fast-track? PhD programme.


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