Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in mathematics or a closely-related subject. Successful applicants will have strong grades in relevant mathematical modules.
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components
- UK fees
- £11,750 (total)
- International fees
- £25,000 (total)
This Masters degree is designed to build on your existing mathematical skills and allows you to both broaden and deepen your understanding of the branch or branches of mathematics which most interest you.
The flexibility of this course allows you to either keep your studies broad, learning a range of mathematical techniques, or specialise in areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics or statistics depending on your interests. These can range from algebra, analysis and logic to financial mathematics, fluid dynamics and mathematical biology.
A Masters-level qualification in mathematics will enhance your existing career prospects or can help you change direction. It’s also an excellent route into further study, such as an MPhil or PhD.
Studying in the School of Mathematics here at Leeds gives you access to a whole range of specialist facilities, being taught by passionate academics who are experts in their fields. The School is also responsible for delivering internationally excellent research and have strong links with a whole range of research institutions.
This means, once you’ve graduated, you’ll be fully equipped with the most up-to-date practices and techniques, alongside the technical skill set you’ll need to pursue an exciting career in a wide range of industries.
Why study at Leeds:
- Learn the latest innovations in areas such as probability and financial mathematics, modern applied statistics and analysis from our world-leading research conducted right here on campus that feeds directly into the course.
- Benefit from our School’s close links with organisations like Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics and the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
- Advance your knowledge and skills in key areas of mathematics, both theoretically and practically.
- Tailor the degree to suit your specific interests with a large selection of optional modules to choose from, with everything from quantum mechanics to coding theory, mathematical biology to astrophysical fluid dynamics – plus many more.
- Put theory into practice and conduct a project which focuses on a topic that matches your interests, giving you the chance to apply the knowledge acquired throughout the course and demonstrate independent research skills necessary for a professional or academic career.
- Access excellent teaching facilities and computing equipment throughout the school, complemented by social areas and communal problem-solving spaces.
- Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics who specialise in a wide range of areas in mathematics.
- Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have secured jobs in many excellent organisations, including Capita, Lloyds Banking Group and the NHS.
- Be part of a diverse and supportive community of mathematicians from all over the world.
During the two semesters, there is a range of taught modules to choose from, providing the opportunity to combine mainstream, advanced mathematical topics and innovative methods relating to the research interests of the School of Mathematics.
During your second semester, you'll be required to complete a research project. This is an opportunity for you to pursue a particular topic in-depth: your supervisor will help you to find a project that matches your interests and motivations for studying this degree.
Some examples of past projects include:
- Cluster Algebras
- Nonstandard Analysis
- Combustion Waves
- Planetary Motion in General Relativity
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Dissertation in Mathematics||60|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Calculus in the Complex Plane||15|
|Groups and Symmetry||15|
|Proof and Computation||15|
|Models and Sets||15|
|Commutative Rings and Algebraic Geometry||15|
|Metric and Function Spaces||15|
|Hilbert Spaces and Fourier Analysis||15|
|Linear and Non-Linear Waves||15|
|Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations||15|
|Introduction to Entropy in the Physical World||15|
|Geophysical Fluid Dynamics||15|
|Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics||15|
|Modern Numerical Methods||15|
|Discrete Systems and Integrability||15|
|Actuarial Mathematics 1||15|
|Actuarial Mathematics 2||15|
|Relativity and Cosmology||15|
|Fluid Dynamics 2||15|
|Linear Regression and Robustness||15|
|Stochastic Calculus for Finance||15|
|Generalised Linear Models||10|
|Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics||20|
|Groups, Symmetry and Galois Theory||20|
|Advanced Proof and Computation||20|
|Advanced Differential Geometry||20|
|Advanced Models and Sets||20|
|Advanced Commutative Rings and Algebraic Geometry||20|
|Metric Spaces and Functional Analysis||20|
|Hilbert Spaces and Advanced Fourier Analysis||20|
|Models in Actuarial Science||15|
|Advanced Hamiltonian Systems||20|
|Advanced Mathematical Methods||20|
|Advanced Linear and Nonlinear Waves||20|
|Advanced Hydrodynamic Stability||20|
|Advanced Quantum Mechanics||20|
|Advanced Dynamical Systems||20|
|Advanced Nonlinear Dynamics||20|
|Advanced Entropy in the Physical World||20|
|Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics||20|
|Advanced Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics||20|
|Advanced Modern Numerical Methods||20|
|Advanced Discrete Systems and Integrability||20|
|Advanced Mathematical Biology||20|
|Advanced Evolutionary Modelling||20|
|Linear Regression, Robustness and Smoothing||20|
|Multivariate and Cluster Analysis||15|
|Time Series and Spectral Analysis||15|
|Bayesian Statistics and Causality||15|
|Generalised Linear and Additive Models||15|
|Independent Learning and Skills Project||15|
|Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics||20|
|Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice||15|
|Quantum Field Theory||15|
|Dynamics of Weather Systems||10|
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Mathematics module descriptions for more detail on what you'll study.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is by lectures, tutorials, seminars and a supervised research project.
Extensive use is made of IT and a wide range of materials is available to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
Programme leader, Dr Paul Shafer, specialises in mathematical logic, especially computability theory and reverse mathematics.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment is by a range of methods which may include, formal examination, in-class tests, example sheets, problem solving, project work and verbal presentations.
The research project will be assessed based on 85% from the written report, and 15% from an oral presentation. It will contribute 60 credits to the overall total.
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in mathematics or a closely-related subject.
Successful applicants will have strong grades in relevant mathematical modules. We may ask for further detailed module information if these are not clear on your transcript.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
30 July 2023 – International applicants
10 September 2023 – UK applicants
The link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
This course is taught by
School of Mathematics Admissions Team
UK: £11,750 (total)
International: £25,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
This course will give you the technical and transferable skills plus advanced knowledge that employers in many different industries are looking for.
There is a high demand for mathematicians and statisticians across a range of sectors such as accountancy and finance, medicine, IT, as well as many forms of engineering and different government departments.
Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top five most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2022 report.
Further study at Masters level can be useful for some maths-related careers such as operational research, medical statistics in pharmaceutical companies, meteorology, engineering design, finance and IT-based roles.
Here’s an insight into some of the job positions and organisations previous mathematics graduates have secured:
- Assistant Financial Controller, Live Nation
- Pricing Manager, Vets4Pets
- Finance Analyst, Morrisons
- Auditor, National Audit Office
- Penetration Tester, Claranet Cyber Security
- Risk Analyst, Yorkshire Building Society
- Software Engineer, BJSS Ltd
- Environmental Data Analyst, Comply Direct
- Risk Analyst, Capita
- Trainee .Net Developer, FDM Group
- Actuarial Associate, PwC UK
- Credit Risk Modeller, Lloyds Banking Group
- Audit Assistant, The Royal Society of Medicine
- Data Analyst, Co-operative Bank Plc
- Credit Risk Analyst, Hitachi Finance
- Contractor Software Developer, Bet365
- Client Coverage Analyst, Lloyds Banking Group
Common career paths for mathematics graduates include:
Actuaries evaluate, manage and advise on financial risks. They use their knowledge of business and economics, together with their understanding of probability theory, statistics and investment theory, to provide strategic, commercial and financial advice.
Operational researchers use analytical and creative skills to assist organisations in developing better systems and operational procedures. By examining an organisation's operations and using mathematical modelling, computer software or other analytical approaches, they find more effective ways of working.
Corporate investment banker
Corporate investment bankers provide a range of financial services to companies, institutions and governments. They manage corporate, strategic and financial opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions, lending, privatisations and initial public offerings (IPOs).
Corporate investment bankers also advise and lead management buyouts, raise capital, provide strategic advice to clients, and identify and secure new deals
A quantity surveyor manages all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. Surveyors seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality.
Meteorologists study the causes of particular weather conditions using information obtained from the land, sea and upper atmosphere. They use computerised and mathematical models to make short and long-range forecasts concerning weather and climate patterns.
This MSc in Mathematics will provide you with excellent preparation for research for an MPhil or PhD. At Leeds we have a range of research opportunities available and in some cases you can progress to a PhD on the basis of a specified performance in the MSc
At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team — are on hand to offer guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.
- Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles.
- MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate, you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
- Qualified careers consultants — gain guidance, support and information to help you choose a career path. You’ll have access to 1-2-1 meetings and events to learn how to find employers to target, research before interviews and brush up on your interview skills.
- Opportunities at Leeds — there are plenty of exciting opportunities offered by our Leeds University Union, including volunteering and over 300 clubs and societies to get involved in.
Find out more about career support.
Rankings and awards
Student profile: Rosalía Varela-Portas
I liked the fact that you could choose the subjects you wanted to do. I wanted to do a mix of applied and pure mathematics courses, so MSc Mathematics at the University of Leeds was perfect.Find out more about Rosalía Varela-Portas's time at Leeds