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- Mode of delivery
- Delivery type
- Full-time, Part-time
- Start date
- 1 year
Accurate and efficient scientific computations lie at the heart of most cross-discipline collaborations. It is vital that such computations are performed in a stable, efficient manner and that the numerics converge to the true solutions of the dynamics of the physics, chemistry or biology in the problem.
The programme closely follows the structure of our MSc in Applied Mathematical Sciences and is designed to equip students with the skill to perform efficient and accurate computer simulations in a wide variety of applied mathematics, physics, chemical and industry related problems.
Students will undertake research projects with a strong computational element. Examples include subjects such as Spectral Pollution, Domain Decomposition, Contamination of Groundwater, Oil Reservoir Simulation, Computational Neuroscience and Uncertainty Estimation and other cutting-edge topics.
- MSc - One year
- Diploma - 9 months
Also available part-time over 2 to 3 years
September 2024 entry
The deadline for applications from UK students is 30 August 2024. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 2 August 2024.
Students will take a total of 8 courses, 4 in each of the 1st and 2nd Semesters followed by a 3-month Project in the summer. A typical distribution for this programme is as follows:
- Modelling and Tools;
- Stochastic Simulation;
- Numerical Analysis (PDEs);
- Statistical Machine Learning
- Data Assimilation
- Numerical Analysis of ODEs
- Statistical Methods
- Mathematical Biology and Medicine
- Partial Differential Equations
- Bayesian Inference
Typical project subjects:
- Simulation of Granular Flow and Growing Sandpiles;
- Finite Element Discretisation of ODEs and PDEs;
- Domain Decomposition;
- Computational Spectral Theory;
- Mathematical Modelling of Crime;
- Mathematical Modelling of Micro-electron Mechanical Systems.
- Can we Trust Eigenvalues on a Computer?
The final part of the MSc is an extended project in computational mathematics, giving the opportunity to investigate a topic in some depth guided by leading research academics from our 5-rated mathematics and statistics groups.
Fees and funding
Scholarships and bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.
Entry is aimed at graduates with strong mathematical knowledge and skills. A good honours degree in mathematics, statistics or a related subject with a substantial mathematical content is desired. Motivation and a willingness to work hard are also important pre-requisites.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)
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