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About Mathematical Sciences at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

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

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 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

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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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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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.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £6,500

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £7,800

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.

International Fees

Tuition fees 2017

  • Full-time study: £12,900

Tuition fees 2018

  • Full-time study: £13,900

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.


We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

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.

Help and support

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

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