MSc Pure Mathematics / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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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.
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.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|MSc Pure Mathematics Research and Project Skills||MATH61000||30||Mandatory|
|Measure Theory and Ergodic Theory||MATH61021||15||Optional|
|Representation and Characters of Groups||MATH62061||15||Optional|
|Algebraic Number Theory||MATH62132||15||Optional|
|Computation and Complexity||MATH63011||15||Optional|
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