MSc Mathematical Sciences

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

Our MSc in Mathematical Sciences is a flexible and challenging programme, taught by leading experts in the field. It allows you to develop a wide range of mathematical techniques and gives you a solid foundation to progress to research and employment at the highest levels.  

Under the guidance of an academic mentor, you will be offered a choice of units spanning the breadth of mathematics. The programme offers a huge variety of possible combinations of units and themes, allowing you to add units from other schools to create an MSc which matches your interests. Its taught element is followed in June by your chosen research project, which is supervised by an experienced research academic.

The programme gives you the opportunity to increase your understanding of mathematical theory and equips you with fundamental skills in the modelling and analysis of problems. Our graduates are highly sought-after by employers for their strong analytical, communication and organisational skills.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The MSc in Mathematical Sciences comprises a taught component of 120 credit points (October to May), followed by a 60-credit research project (June to September).


There is an extensive range of possible combinations of units and themes. An academic mentor will advise you on these units and meet regularly with you individually or in small groups throughout the taught component. You are also encouraged to participate in the wider academic life of the school, including research seminars, reading clubs and social events.

Research project

Research themes include:

  • Algebra and Representation Theory
  • Applied Probability in Biology and Communications
  • Bayesian Modelling and Analysis
  • Dynamical systems and Statistical Mechanics
  • Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Geometric Analysis
  • Logic and Set Theory
  • Material Science
  • Monte Carlo Methods
  • Nonparametric Regression
  • Number Theory
  • Probability: Scaling limits and Statistical Physics
  • Quantum Information
  • Quantum Chaos
  • Random Matrix Theory
  • Time Series and Finance

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a first-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in mathematics or a related subject. Previous professional experience or qualifications can also be put forward for consideration as equivalent to the academic entry requirements given above. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


This programme provides you with quantitative research, reasoning and problem solving skills that will be valuable in your future career. Mathematics graduates find employment in finance, accountancy, research, teaching and management

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2017

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 43% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Student Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8658 Email:

School of Mathematics
University of Bristol
University Walk
Bristol BS8 1TW


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