Pre-Masters Certificate in Mathematics

Note: This course will not be open for admissions for 2018/19

This programme provides an opportunity for graduates in any programme with a substantial mathematics element to fill in the gaps in their mathematical background and thus enable them to study an MSc or MRes programme, either organised by the School of Mathematics or by another School with a contribution from the School of Mathematics. Based on individual assessments of the candidates a bespoke programme will be compiled for them from the list of optional modules.

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This programme aims to provide an opportunity for graduates in any programme with a substantial mathematics element to fill in the gaps in their mathematical background and thus enable them to study an MSc or MRes programme, either organised by the School of Mathematics or by another School with a contribution from the School of Mathematics. Based on individual assessments of the candidates a bespoke programme will be compiled for them from the list of optional modules.

Breakdown of course

For each candidate a programme of six courses will be compiled from courses from the School's undergraduate programme according to the individual student needs. Lectures for each module will be delivered over the Autumn and Spring terms. The following list of optional modules is typical of the large array of courses available. Each module listed below comprises a total of 20 credits and students need to obtain 120 credits in total. 

  • Algebra & Combinatorics 
  • Impact of Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Mathematical Modelling & Problem Solving
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Real Analysis & the Calculus
  • Vectors, Geometry & Linear Algebra
  • Real & Complex Variable Theory
  • Polynomials and Rings & Metric Spaces
  • Symmetry and Groups
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Linear Algebra & Programming
  • Applied Mathematics II
  • Statistics II
  • Linear Programming

Each module will be taught through a mixture of lectures, self study and supporting classes.

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Fees and funding

Annual tution fee for 2018/19:

  • UK/EU: £9,250
  • International: £16,290

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.

Entry requirements

Typical offer:  A 2:1 Honours degree in Mathematics or a Mathematics-related subject or a general BSc with a substantial Mathematics element. Learn more about entry requirements

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

Note: This course will not be open for admissions for 2018/19

Based on individual assessments of the candidates a bespoke programme will be compiled for them from the list of optional modules on the course details tab . 

Each module will be taught through a mixture of lectures and supporting classes. 

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to equip graduates with the mathematical skills required for subsequent study of the various MSc programmes organised by the School of Mathematics or by another School with a contribution from the School of Mathematics. 

Each of these MSc programmes will open up a range of careers opportunities for successful graduates; see the individual programme sites for further details.

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