Applied Mathematics Masters/MSc

Start date
September
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21:
£9,250 (UK/EU students) 
£18,450 (International Students)
Further fee information is available.

Most things in the real world are complex, from biological systems to the financial markets to industrial processes, but explaining them is essential to making progress. This Applied Mathematics MSc will equip you with the tools to understand many of these systems.

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By developing, analysing and interpreting mathematical models, we gain insight into complex processes and a framework for interpreting experimental data.

Today, there is an increasingly urgent need, in both research and industry, for a new generation of scientists with advanced applied mathematics skills, alongside an ability to absorb information from other disciplines and communicate with other researchers. This programme is designed to develop all of these specific and transferable skills, making you an attractive prospect for employment or further study.

Why study Applied Mathematics Masters at Birmingham?

  • The School collaborates widely with multiple disciplines, including Biological and Medical Sciences, Chemical Engineering and within industry.  In particular, Birmingham is an emerging centre for multidisciplinary Biological Systems Science research, and is in a unique position, being adjacent to one of the largest super-hospitals in Europe, catering for a highly diverse population. 
  • The programme is specifically tailored to develop students from a strong mathematics background into becoming genuinely multidisciplinary scientists. You will have the opportunity to develop your mathematical skills, whilst at the same time being trained in solving real-world problems and working in a team. You will learn how to diversify your skills into other fields, and how to work with research leaders and other students from different disciplines.
  • The internationally recognised School of Mathematics collaborates widely with multiple disciplines and industries
  • Learn from world leaders in their fields
  • Obtain a qualification that is respected the world over and make you an attractive prospect in a very competitive job market

Modules

The programme is a 12 month taught masters degree (180 credits) consisting of 120 credits of optional lecture courses and a 60 credit summer project.

Core modules:

Optional modules

Select 120 credits of optional modules. Example optional modules are listed below. Subject to availability.

  • Topics in Applied Mathematics - 20 credits
  • Advanced Mathematical Biology  - 20 credits
  • Methods in Partial Differential Equations - 20 credits
  • Mathematical Finance - 20 credits
  • Numerical Methods and Numerical Linear Algebra - 20 credits
  • Continuum Mechanics - 20 credits
  • Nonlinear Waves - 20 credits
  • Reaction-Diffusion Theory - 20 credits
  • Medical Statistics - 20 credits
  • Applied Mathematical Analysis - 20 credits
  • Advanced Mathematical Modelling - 20 credits
  • Advanced Mathematical Finance - 20 credits

The course is assessed by a mixture of written examinations and coursework, typically involving written exercises, short projects and computer practicals. Please note that not all optional modules may be available.

The summer research skills project involves working closely with a research supervisor to produce a substantial dissertation and an oral presentation. Additional assessment will require participation in problem-solving workshops and peer group learning in order to prepare you for ‘real life’ work as a research scientist.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Fees

Annual tuition fee for 2020/21

£9,250 for UK/EU students
£18,450 for international students
Learn more about fees and funding.

 

Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.

 

For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

How To Apply

International applicants requiring visas

Applications to this programme from students who are international for fees will close 01 July 2020, the exact date will be confirmed when available. We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

UK/EU and non-Tier 4 applicants

Applications will close in 10 September 2020, the exact date will be confirmed when available. We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.

Before you make your application

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Making your application

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

2.1 Honours degree in mathematics or programmes with advanced mathematical components, including physics and some engineering subjects. Learn more about entry requirements

International Requirements



International Students

English language

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following English language qualifications are required:

 

IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 51 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component

You will take masters-level courses in both advanced applied mathematics in addition to the core research and team-working skills needed for your career. In the summer you will undertake a research project, working on problems drawn from biosciences, systems biology, engineering or medicine, alongside developing your mathematical abilities.

This will provide directly relevant training for a career in academic, industrial or clinical research, for example biotechnology, industrial engineering or the pharmaceutical industry.

A key component will be training specifically in multidisciplinary research and communication, a vital skill for whichever career path the MSc leads you to. 

Assessment Methods

The course is assessed by a mixture of written examinations and coursework, typically involving written exercises, short projects and computer practicals. Please note that not all optional modules may be available.

The summer research skills project involves working closely with a research supervisor to produce a substantial dissertation and an oral presentation. Additional assessment will require participation in problem-solving workshops and peer group learning in order to prepare you for ‘real life’ work as a research scientist.

Career Opportunities

This course is tailored to train students for careers in scientific research, and for employment in a wide range of industrial contexts, for example biotechnology, industrial engineering or the pharmaceutical industry. There is a considerable need for scientists with a strong mathematical and computational background who can communicate with experimental scientists; this MSc will provide you with specialised training, and through your research skills project, evidence that you can work in this multidisciplinary context.

Further transferrable skills developed through this course include team-working, oral and written presentation, problem-solving and time-management, particularly developed through the summer research skills project. Additional careers support is available through the School of Mathematics and from the University's career support team.  

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.