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    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 Department’s four research groups: Biosystems; Dynamical Systems & Partial Differential Equations; Fields, Strings & Geometry; Fluid Mechanics & Meteorology.

    Careers

    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 Surrey’s 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 Department’s four research groups: Biosystems; Dynamical Systems & Partial Differential Equations; Fields, Strings & Geometry; Fluid Mechanics & Meteorology.

    Module List/Credits

    Level 6 Modules

    • Manifolds and Topology 15
    • Introduction to Function Spaces 15
    • Chaotic Dynamics 15
    • Classical Electrodynamics 15
    • Quantum Mechanics 15
    • Introduction to Relativity 15
    • Mathematics of Weather 15
    • Mathematical Ecology and Epidemiology 15
    • Graphs and Networks 15

    Level 7 Modules

    Credits

    • Lie Algebras 15
    • Representation Theory 15
    • Measure Theory 15
    • Functional Analysis & Partial Differential Equations 15
    • Calculus of Variations 15
    • Advanced Techniques in Mathematics 15
    • Nonlinear Patterns 15
    • Nonlinear Wave Equations 15
    • Theory of Water Waves 15
    • Hydrodynamic Stability 15
    • Geometric Mechanics 15
    • Advanced Quantum Mechanics 15
    • Relativity and Black Holes 15
    • Quantum Field Theory 15
    • Mathematical Biology and Physiology 15
    • Stochasticity & Statistics in Biology & Medicine 15

    Dissertation 60



    Program requirements

    At least a 2.1 BSc degree or equivalent in Mathematics or a closely related discipline.English language requirementsIELTS minimum overall: 6.5IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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