MSc Pure Mathematics / Overview
Year of entry: 2022
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- 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.
- How to apply
As there is high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. If we make you an offer, you will have 6 weeks in which to accept. Any offers not accepted within 6 weeks will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.
Stage 1 : Application received by 12 November 2021; Decision by 14 January 2022 .
Stage 2 : Application received by 7 January 2022; Decision by 11 March 2022 .
Stage 3 : Application received by 4 March 2022; Decision by 22 April 2022 .
Stage 4 : Application received by 27 May 2022; Decision by 24 June 2022 .
You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.
Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.
Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.
Please note: All places are subject to availability and if you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be closed. We therefore recommend that you apply early in the cycle to secure your place with us.
Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must demonstrate that they have met all the conditions of their offer by 31 July 2022.
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This one year taught postgraduate programme leads to the degree of MSc in Pure Mathematics. 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 June until September.
During the taught component of the course, you will normally take six units together with a research skills and project unit. You may choose exclusively pure topics, or a mixture of pure mathematics units and mathematical logic units. In the research skills and project unit you will first complete a mini-project to improve mathematical writing skills, and then undertake a 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.
Within two weeks from the start of the academic year, students in this programme can opt to change to the Mathematical Logic Pathways leading to the degree of MSc in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic.
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK students (per annum): £12,500
International, including EU, students (per annum): £23,500
UK students (per annum): £6,250
International, including EU, students (per annum): £11,000
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and awards to outstanding UK and international students each year.
If you're a current or recent student at The University of Manchester and plan to start a master's course in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, you may be eligible for our Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes .
The University of Manchester is committed to widening participation in master's study, and allocates £300,000 in funding each year. Our Manchester Master's Bursaries are aimed at widening access to master's courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.
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