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Applied Mathematics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (QS) ,
Applied Mathematics uses the powerful body of quantitative techniques developed by mathematicians to describe these systems, incorporate data and make predictions; real-world problems also inspire the development of beautiful new mathematics. The Applied Mathematics programme is offered by the University of Birmingham.

About

Many phenomena in the real world, from biological systems to the financial markets to industrial processes, are too complex to interpret without quantitative models.

There is a fundamental need in both academic research and industry for a new generation of scientists trained to work at the frontiers of mathematics with other disciplines, and who can bring highly-developed mathematical abilities to bear on real-world problems.

MSc Applied Mathematics at University of Birmingham is a one year master’s level course at the interfaces of mathematics with science, engineering and industry.  Interdisciplinary applied mathematics in the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham takes place in a thriving outward-facing community with specialities including mathematical biology, fluid mechanics, mathematical finance and various industries. 

The School collaborates widely with multiple disciplines, including Biological and Medical Sciences, Chemical Engineering and within industry.  In particular, Birmingham is an emerging centre for multidisciplinary Biological Systems Science research, and is in a unique position, being adjacent to one of the largest super-hospitals in Europe, catering for a highly diverse population. 

The programme is specifically tailored to develop students from a strong mathematics background into becoming genuinely multidisciplinary scientists. You will have the opportunity to develop your mathematical skills, whilst at the same time being trained in solving real-world problems and working in a team. You will learn how to diversify your skills into other fields, and how to work with research leaders and other students from different disciplines.

Career Opportunities

This course is tailored to train students for careers in scientific research, and for employment in a wide range of industrial contexts, for example biotechnology, industrial engineering or the pharmaceutical industry. There is a considerable need for scientists with a strong mathematical and computational background who can communicate with experimental scientists; this MSc will provide you with specialised training, and through your research skills project, evidence that you can work in this multidisciplinary context.

Further transferrable skills developed through this course include team-working, oral and written presentation, problem-solving and time-management, particularly developed through the summer research skills project. Additional careers support is available through the School of Mathematics and from the University's career support team.  

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Topics in Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematical biology 
  • Modelling with partial differential equations
  • Methods in partial differential equations 
  • Game theory
  • Numerical methods
  • Perturbation theory and asymptotics 
  • Applied nonlinear dynamical systems

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

2.1 Honours degree in mathematics or programmes with advanced mathematical components, including physics and some engineering subjects. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16992 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16995 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9252 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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  • A loan of up to £10,609 will be made available to students applying to taught and research Masters courses. 
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  • The loan will be paid directly to you, into a UK bank account.

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