Mathematics for Applications

Royal Holloway University of London

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
16800 GBP/year
7900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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If you're looking to take your undergraduate mathematics experience to new levels and develop advanced research skills, this intensive Mathematics for Applications programme at Royal Holloway University of London covers the wide spectrum of discrete mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics, and addresses some of the key quantifiable challenges and opportunities in the world around us. 


An interdisciplinary subject by nature, we will help you to apply mathematical concepts and methods to the ever-changing worlds of science, engineering, business, digital technology and industry, and particularly to communication theory, mathematical physics and financial mathematics, where some of our key research interests lie.

The skills you gain will open up a range of career options and provide a solid foundation if you wish to progress to a PhD. You will be guided by renowned specialists in the field who publish in internationally competitive journals and work closely with partners in industry.

Career opportunities

Our graduates from the Mathematics for Applications programme at Royal Holloway University of London have gone on to carry out cutting-edge research in the fields of communication theory and cryptography, as well as successful careers in industries such as: information security, IT consultancy, banking and finance, higher education and telecommunication. 

They have taken up roles such as: Principal Information Security Consultant at Abbey National PLC; Senior Manager at Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche; Global IT Security Director at Reuters; and Information Security Manager at London Underground.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Theory of Error-Correcting Codes
  •  Channels
  •  Advanced Cipher System
  •  Public Key Cryptography
  •  Applications of Field Theory
  •  Quantum Information and Coding
  •  Principles of Algorithm Design
  •  Advanced Financial Mathematics
  •  Combinatorics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are no deadlines for postgraduate applications, but popular degrees become full quickly.




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 in Mathematics as a main field of study and good marks in relevant courses.

  • Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent in relevant subjects but we will consider high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ‘good 2:2’ is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above. Exceptionally, at the discretion of the course director, qualifications in other subjects (for example, physics or computer science) or degrees of lower classification may be considered.
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 5.5.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      16800 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      7900 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


    • Royal Holloway Principal's Masters scholarship
    • Bedford Society scholarship
    • RHBNC Trust scholarship
    • American Foundation of RHBNC International Excellence scholarship
      • Brian Harris scholarship
      • Royal Holloway is committed to supporting and developing the next generation of researchers. We recognise funding is often an obstacle for talented students, so we offer a variety of funding packages which include studentships funded by the College, the Research Councils and external partners.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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    Mathematics for Applications
    Royal Holloway University of London


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