12 months
18900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
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The Mathematics (by research) programme from University of York is a one year degree (if taken full-time). It involves writing a Master's thesis under the supervision of a member of academic staff on a topic to be agreed between the supervisor and the student. 

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Key Features

Submission is required no more than three months after the end of registration, although submission before the end of registration is encouraged where possible. 

The Mathematics (by research) programme from University of York is assessed wholly on the basis of the thesis although the course may include an individually tailored element of taught courses to be taken in the early stage of the year. Work on the thesis is guided by regular meetings between student and supervisor and monitored by two meetings of the student's Thesis Advisory Panel, usually to be held in November and March (for October starts). The thesis must contain a substantial piece of research which includes some original work. This could include new ideas, or original commentary on (or amplification of) material which is currently considered to be at the forefront of mathematical knowledge.

MSc by research students have access to all of the transferable skills training programmes available to MPhil and PhD students and will be expected to take part in the induction week (usually the first week of the Autumn term), as well as taking the online Becoming an Effective Researcher course from the Research Excellence Training Team which is obligatory for all research students. 

Programme Structure

  • The thesis is to be examined by one internal examiner (who should not be the main supervisor) and one external examiner, the appointment of which must follow the usual practice for MPhil and PhD examiners. 
  • The candidate will be required to give an internal seminar, to be attended by the internal examiner. This is part of the process of verifying that the thesis is the candidate's own work. 
  • A viva will not usually be required, but examiners may insist on one at their discretion.
  • Each examiner produces an independent report and makes a recommendation either for the award (perhaps subject to minor corrections) or against the award (sometimes with a referral for resubmission after more substantial corrections). 

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

The Department of Mathematics offers an MSc (by research) degree. To apply for this course, you should have or expect to have a good honours degree (equivalent to a 2:1 or higher) in Mathematics, or a good honours degree in which Mathematics has formed a substantial part of the course. If your first language not English, you should consult our English language requirements. Applications for part-time registration from UK applicants will be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18900 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • International/EU Part-time: £9,450

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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