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Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
12 months Full Time
Entry requirements

The entry requirement to the programmes is normally a good honours degree in mathematics or a mathematically-related discipline or an equivalent overseas qualification in a mathematical subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online. Please note that only the MSc is available for application and the PG Cert and PG Dip are available as exit awards.

Course options

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Course description

This one year taught postgraduate programme leads to the degree of MSc in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic.  The programme is suitable not only for students who wish to improve their background knowledge prior to applying to undertake a PhD by research, but also for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of postgraduate-level abstract mathematics.

The MSc comprises of the taught component, running from the start of the academic year in September until the end of the second semester in late Spring, followed by the dissertation component running from May until September.

During the taught component of the programme you will normally take five course units together with a written project.   The project is normally an expository account of a piece of mathematics and you will write this under the guidance of a supervisor.  The taught component comprises of conventional lectures supported by examples classes, project work and independent learning via reading material.

After successfully completing the taught component, you will prepare a dissertation on an advanced topic in pure mathematics or mathematical logic, normally of current or recent research interest, chosen in consultation with your supervisor.

You can also take the programme part-time, over a period of two years.  There is some flexibility in the precise arrangements for this programme, but you would normally attend two lecture courses each semester for three semesters before commencing work on your dissertation.

Open days

There will be a School of Mathematics Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 26 February 2014. Further information can be found at: http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/opendays/

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,400
    International students (per annum): £14,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,200
    International students (per annum): £7,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Mathematics
Contact name
Helen Harper
Telephone
0161 275 5856
Email
Website
www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/pgt-courses/puremathematicsandmathematicallogic1yearmsc/

Academic department overview

See: School of Mathematics

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

The entry requirement to the programmes is normally a good honours degree in mathematics or a mathematically-related discipline or an equivalent overseas qualification in a mathematical subject.

English language

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other component.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see  entry requirements from your country.

How to apply

Apply online. Please note that only the MSc is available for application and the PG Cert and PG Dip are available as exit awards.

Deferrals

Admissions staff will decide whether to offer places to applicants for deferred entry on their courses and you should not assume that they will grant all such requests. If you request deferral for more than one year, you would normally be required to re-apply, as your chosen course, and your suitability for it, may change over time. English Language test results can only be considered to be current for two years from the test date.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

This one year taught postgraduate programme leads to the degree of MSc in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic.  The programme is suitable not only for students who wish to improve their background knowledge prior to applying to undertake a PhD by research, but also for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of postgraduate-level abstract mathematics.

The MSc comprises of the taught component, running from the start of the academic year in September until the end of the second semester in late Spring, followed by the dissertation component running from May until September.

During the taught component of the programme you will normally take five course units together with a written project.   The project is normally an expository account of a piece of mathematics and you will write this under the guidance of a supervisor.  The taught component comprises of conventional lectures supported by examples classes, project work and independent learning via reading material.

After successfully completing the taught component, you will prepare a dissertation on an advanced topic in pure mathematics or mathematical logic, normally of current or recent research interest, chosen in consultation with your supervisor.

You can also take the programme part-time, over a period of two years.  There is some flexibility in the precise arrangements for this programme, but you would normally attend two lecture courses each semester for three semesters before commencing work on your dissertation.

Aims

The aims of the programme are to provide training in a range of topics related to pure mathematics and mathematical logic, to encourage a sophisticated and critical approach to mathematics, and to prepare students who have the ability and desire to follow careers as professional mathematicians and logicians in industry or research.

Coursework and assessment

The taught component is assessed by coursework, project work and by written examination.  The written exams take place at the end of January (for the first semester course units) and the end of May (for the second semester course units).  The dissertation component is assessed by the quality and competence of the written dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate exist as exit awards for students who do not pass at MSc level.

Course unit details

The taught courses cover material related to the research interests of the academic staff.  Topics covered in lectured course units normally include include: set theory, group theory, dynamical systems and ergodic theory, measure theory, functional analysis, algebraic topology, Godel's theorems, hyperbolic geometry, Lie algebras, analytic number theory, Galois theory, predicate logic, computation and complexity, and other topics relevant to current mathematics.

Facilities

The School of Mathematics is the largest in the UK with an outstanding research reputation and  facilities.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk