MRes Mathematics programmes 

Our Master of Research (MRes) programmes provide comprehensive training in mathematics and areas appropriate to professional development and research foundations. To be accepted onto this programme a high standard in a mathematically-based undergraduate degree must have been achieved, equivalent to a UK upper-second or first class degree. 

Why choose a MRes?

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. This is appropriate for well-qualified students who do not have all the necessary background to start immediately on a PhD in their area of choice. In this programme the MRes thesis is extended over a further period of two years into a PhD thesis.

Very well qualified MRes students will be considered for School Scholarships for their PhD studies. Please enquire for further details.

What's the format?

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 you the opportunity to work one-to-one with a leading expert in their field. The duration is months if you opt for full-time study.

We are keen to attract well-motivated and able research students. Prospective applicants who would like to discuss particular research areas are welcome to contact staff members associated with each of the main research areas.


Follow the links below to  find out more about specific MRes programmes, including how to apply.

We provide you with a friendly and stimulating research environment. Students in the Graduate School form an important part of the life in the School of Mathematics at Birmingham.