In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 70 per cent of our research in mathematics was rated in the top categories as either world leading or internationally excellent. This metric puts us fifth equal in applied mathematics.
This programme is designed for well-qualified students who wish to continue their mathematical studies beyond the level reached in a BSc degree (or equivalent). It provides students with opportunities to deepen and broaden their knowledge of mathematics and to engage in a significant research project under the supervision of a member of the Department of Mathematics. It is particularly appropriate for students who may be considering either an academic career or a research career in an area of business or industry where high levels of mathematical expertise are valued.
During the first two semesters students take a range of taught modules from an extensive list of options. Students will discuss their choices of options with tutors to ensure that their selections are coherent and appropriate to their backgrounds and ambitions. The taught modules are 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.
This MSc 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 Departments four research groups: Biosystems; Dynamical Systems & Partial Differential Equations; Fields, Strings & Geometry; Fluid Mechanics & Meteorology.
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.
This is a new programme and so there are no data yet on destinations of graduates. However recent graduates of Surreys BSc and MMath in Mathematics have proceeded to positions with employers such as BAE Systems, Lloyds TSB Group, Skandia Life, Friends Provident, Logica CMG, UniChem, Generics UK, Thames Water, the Civil Service and QinetiQ, as well as to postgraduate research programmes at Surrey and other universities.
During the first two semesters students on this programme will take 8 modules from those offered by the Department of Mathematics from the lists below. At least 6 of the modules must be taken from the Level 7 list. Students may not take a Level 6 module that overlaps significantly with a module taken during their undergraduate studies. Each student will be assigned a tutor to provide advice on their choices of modules, taking into account their academic background and their ambitions for the future. Each year the Department will typically offer 5-7 modules from the Level 6 list and 8-10 from the Level 7 list. These lists are subject to revision.
During the summer students undertake an extensive research project under the supervision of a member of the Department of Mathematics. The topic of the dissertation will typically be aligned with the interests of one or more of the Departments four research groups: Biosystems; Dynamical Systems & Partial Differential Equations; Fields, Strings & Geometry; Fluid Mechanics & Meteorology.
Level 6 Modules
Level 7 Modules