Mathematics MSc

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Why Surrey?

From geometry, analysis, partial differential equations and mathematical physics to fluid dynamics, meteorology and modelling in life sciences – our Masters in Mathematics offers you an extraordinary range of research opportunities that lie at the heart of tackling the key scientific questions of our age.

Programme overview

This programme reflects and benefits from the strong research activities of the Department of Mathematics.

The taught modules and dissertation topics are closely aligned with the interests of the Department’s four research groups:

  • Mathematics of Life and Social Sciences
  • Dynamical Systems and Partial Differential Equations
  • Fields, Strings and Geometry
  • Fluids, Meteorology and Symmetry

During the first two semesters you will take a range of taught modules from an extensive list of options, followed by an extended research project conducted over the summer under the supervision of a member of the department, culminating in the writing of a dissertation.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.


Mathematics is not only central to science, technology and finance-related fields, but the logical insight, analytical skills and intellectual discipline gained from a mathematical education are highly sought after in a broad range of other areas such as law, business and management.

There is also a strong demand for new mathematics teachers to meet the ongoing shortage in schools. 

As well as being designed to meet the needs of future employers, our MSc programme also provides a solid foundation from which to pursue further research in mathematics or one of the many areas to which mathematical ideas and techniques are applied.

Educational aims of the programme

  • To provide graduates with a strong background in advanced mathematical theory and its applications to the solution of real problems
  • To develop students understanding of core areas in advanced mathematics including standard tools for the solution of real life applied mathematical problems
  • To develop the skill of formulating a mathematical problem from a purely verbal description
  • To develop the skill of writing a sophisticated mathematical report and, additionally, in presenting the results in the form of an oral presentation
  • To lay a foundation for carrying out mathematical research leading to a research degree and/or a career as a professional mathematician in an academic or non-academic setting

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledge of the core theory and methods of advanced pure and applied mathematics and how to apply that theory to real life problems
  • An in-depth study of a specific problem arising in a research context

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of key techniques in advanced mathematics and to apply those techniques in problem solving
  • Ability to formulate a mathematical description of a problem that may be described only verbally
  • An understanding of possible shortcomings of mathematical descriptions of reality
  • An ability to use software such as MATLAB and IT facilities more generally including research databases such as MathSciNet and Web of Knowledge

Professional practical skills

  • Fluency in advanced mathematical theory
  • The ability to interpret the results of the application of that theory
  • An awareness of any weaknesses in the assumptions being made and of possible shortcomings with model predictions
  • The skill of writing an extended and sophisticated mathematical report and of verbally summarising its content to specialist and/or non-specialist audiences

Key / transferable skills

  • Ability to reason logically and creatively
  • Effective oral presentation skills
  • Written report writing skills
  • Skills in independent learning
  • Time management
  • Use of information and technology

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

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Programme leader

Professor Sergey Zelik

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: To be confirmed

Start date:

Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

At least a 2.1 BSc degree or equivalent in mathematics or a closely related discipline. This must include a sufficient mathematical preparation for the programme.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £9,500 £19,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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The Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence

For all (with the exception of MBA) postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2017 within the Surrey Business School and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management we are offering all applicants who hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent the opportunity to be awarded between £2,000 and £4,000 through the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. Download a flyer or read more for eligibility and to apply.

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. Learn more.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.