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Mathematical Sciences MRes

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: One year full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This Mathematical Sciences Masters course will prepare you for the challenges of research in mathematics or statistics. Supported by relevant taught models and by academic supervisors, experts in your chosen specialist subject, you will undertake a year-long research project in which you will experience all stages of the research process.

You'll thrive as you study with our experienced and award-winning academic team.

You will gain deep knowledge of a chosen topic in mathematics or statistics and develop your research skills in project planning, reviewing literature, group discussions, research presentations and writing publications.

You will take two core taught modules each providing you with the underpinning theory to support your research work. You will then choose two optional modules from three pathways: statistics, applied mathematics and pure mathematics.

This course benefits from the excellent facilities and equipment available in the School of Science and Technology.

If you have any questions about our Mathematical Sciences course, you can now chat to our experienced lecturers and course leaders through Unibuddy.

  • Work with experts from a range of areas including quantum cryptography, graph theory, statistical analysis, bioinformatics and mathematical modelling.

What you’ll study

You will undertake a year-long research project, two compulsory modules and then choose any two 20 cp modules (at least one must be Level 7 (L7)) from the options below. We recommend you choose modules which relate to your chosen research project:

Core modules:

  • Research Methods (20 cp) -  Development of skills in how to plan, write and deliver oral presentations, posters and research proposals, find and appraise current literature.
  • Research Project (120 cp) - A full-time extended (9-10 months) research project in a chosen theme within Mathematical Sciences.

Optional modules:

Options in Statistics:
  • Computational Statistics and Data Analysis (20 cp) (L7) - Explore topics from computational statistics and statistical models that are relevant to modern applications with an emphasis on developing solid conceptual understanding of these methods through applications
  • Applied Statistics (20 cp) - Extends your experience of statistical techniques and methodologies, applying them in a diverse range of industrial and commercial contexts
  • Statistical Modelling (20 cp) - This module will help you to recognise and understand the principal methods of analysis for medical and financial data, including the analysis of survival data and dealing with large, complex datasets.
Options in Applied Mathematics:
  • Mathematical Recipes (20 cp) (L7) - An introduction to six important theoretical mathematical methods and their wide ranging applications, primarily in physics and engineering
  • Topics in Mathematical Biology (20 cp) (L7) - Examine the use of differential equations and their application to biological systems. Network models for a range of biological processes, including models of drug delivery, tumour growth and multicellular systems
  • Linear Systems (20 cp) - You will continue your previous studies in the fields of linear algebra and differential and difference equations
  • Topics in Applied Mathematics (20 cp) - Broadens your knowledge, understanding and skills in the reformulation and solution of equations which are relevant to the modelling of physical phenomena. Topics include partial differential equations and the fundamentals of mathematical modelling.
  • Partial Differential Equations (20 cp) -Partial differential equations are an important topic in both pure and applied mathematics.  This topic builds on the introduction given in Advanced Calculus to consider linear partial equations in non-trivial domains and to introduce methods of analysing nonlinear first order partial differential equations.
Options in Pure Mathematics
  • Graph Theory and Combinatorics (20 cp) - Introduces you to a selection of research informed advanced topics in pure mathematics, and extends and complements ideas introduced in Year One and Year Two. Topics include graph theory and geometry
  • Cryptography and Quantum Computation (20 cp) (L7) - Introduces you to the theory of error-correcting codes and cryptography in facilitating the reliable, efficient and secure communication of information.

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

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Student Profiles

Anthonia Afuape

I did not just leave Nottingham with amazing grades but with experiences and people I will never forget

How you’re taught

In the first two terms you will study your taught modules, in which you will develop your research skills through group work and assignments, and learn cutting-edge mathematics in small-group lectures and seminars. Right from the start, alongside the taught material, you will begin work on your master’s level project, with regular structured meetings with your supervisory team.

Over the summer you will be able to really focus on your project and apply what you have learnt to a specific problem. You will learn through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • discussions
  • group and individual work.

Contact hours

Lectures/seminars/workshops (20%) and independent study (80%)

Staff Profiles

Golnaz Shahtahmassebi

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Golnaz Shahtahmassebi

Colin Wilmott

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Colin Wilmott

Nadia Chuzhanova

Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

How you’re assessed

Coursework (69%) and written (31%)

Careers and employability


This Mathematics postgraduate degree provides an excellent platform from which to apply for a PhD in Mathematics or Statistics and your immersion in the research environment means you will really impress at interview. Your research skills mean you will really be able to hit the ground running.

If you are looking for a career in industry, the skills you have acquired on the course – independence, logical reasoning, project planning, intellectual discussions – will mean you are highly employable in industries such as finance, IT, business, teaching and consultancy.

This course does not currently offer placements.

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NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.1) or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered
  • NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

You will need one of the following:

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.1) or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2022 entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,800£15,850

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies


Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2022 entry are:

Study routeUKInternational / EU
Full-time£8,800£15,850

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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