MRes

Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Sciences
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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.

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

Facilities

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

Postgraduate open events

We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

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:

  • Modules

    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.

    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.
    • Numerical Analysis and Dynamical Systems (20 cp) - Develop your knowledge of numerical methods such as numerical optimisation techniques, advanced methods for the numerical solution of ordinary differential equations, and the application of methods to non-linear problems.

    Options in Pure Mathematics

    • Topics in Pure Mathematics (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
    • Coding Theory and Cryptography (20 cp) (L7) - Introduces you to the theory of error-correcting codes and cryptography in facilitating the reliable, efficient and secure communication of information.
  • Learn a new language

    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.

    Learning a new language can:

    • Enhance your communication skills;
    • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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.

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.

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

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact us for advice.

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 email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2019 entry are: TBC

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£8,000£14,500

* 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.

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900

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 25% 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 2019 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£8,000£14,500

* 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.

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeEUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900

For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418