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The Graduate Certificate is designed for applicants who wish to study one of our MSc programmes but who have not studied a sufficient level of mathematics or statistics at University to meet the entry requirements.

Following this programme will allow you to gain the required knowledge and skills of mathematics and statistics to prepare you for undertaking one of the following MSc programmes.

Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics Department

MSc in Actuarial Science; MSc in Financial Mathematics; MSc in Quantitative Financial Risk Management, MSc in Quantitative Financial Engineering.

Mathematics Department

MSc in Applied Mathematical Sciences (all streams); MSc in Computational Mathematics; MSc in Mathematics, MSc in Quantitative Finance and Mathematics.

Most students will follow a non-graduating programme of study and do not complete the higher level requirements for the award of a PG Certificate or PG Diploma, although this is possible provided you have qualifications in mathematics equivalent to level 8 or beyond.

The exact courses you will study will depend on:

  1. the level of mathematics you have studied at University level to date;
  2. the specific MSc you are planning to study the following year.

If you are an applicant from Scotland, the UK or EU It is possible to be issued with a combined offer for the Graduate Certificate followed by your chosen MSc in the following year. Progression to the MSc in the following year will require an overall average of at least 65% in all examinations taken - unfortunately if you are joining this university on a Tier 4 visa this option is not available to you. Nonetheless, Tier 4 applicants can use the graduate certificate pathway as an entry qualification for a separate follow up application to one of our many MSc programmes.

Programme duration

9 months

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Course content

Students will study a minimum of 6 courses and an overall average of at least 65% in the examinations taken is required to progress to one of our MSc programmes the following year.

Students will typically study a mixture of Level 7, Level 8 and Level 9 courses (non-graduating) as follows:

For Entry to MSc in Actuarial Science:

Semester 1


  • Introduction to Statistical Science A (Level 7)
  • Probability and Statistics A (Level 8)

Optional (at least one from)

  • Calculus A (Level 7)
  • Multivariable Calculus and Real Analysis A (Level 8)
  • Linear Algebra (Level 8)
  • Applied Mathematics A (Level 8)

Semester 2


  • Introduction to Statistical Science B (Level 7)
  • Probability and Statistics B (Level 8)

Optional (at least one from)

  • Calculus B (Level 7)
  • Multivariable Calculus and Real Analysis B (Level 8)
  • Numerical Analysis A (Level 8)
  • Pure Mathematics A (Level 8)

For entry to MSc in Applied Mathematical Sciences (all streams), MSc in Computational Mathematics or MSc in Mathematics:

Semester 1


  • Linear Algebra (Level 8)

Optional (at least one from)

  • Multivariable Calculus and Real Analysis A (Level 8)
  • Applied Mathematics A (Level 8)
  • Probability and Statistics A (Level 8)
  • Vector Analysis (Level 9)

Semester 2


  • Numerical Analysis A (Level 8)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (Level 9)

Optional (at least one from)

  • Multivariable Calculus and Real Analysis B (Level 8)
  • Probability and Statistics B (Level 8)
  • Complex Analysis (Level 9)
  • Numerical Analysis B (Level 9)
  • Applied Mathematics B (Level 9)

Detailed course descriptions are available on our student pages.

Entry requirements

Entry requires a good first degree, of at least UK 2.1 standard or equivalent, containing some maths and/or statistics content.

Applicants who apply for an MSc programme but don't meet the entry requirements (in terms of relevant maths/statistics content) will automatically be considered for the Graduate Certificate as an alternative, where appropriate.

The programme is not suitable for graduates who have not studied any maths and/or statistics at degree level.

Please contact the School if you wish to discuss your suitability for the programme in more detail.

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 6.0 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)


Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7400
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7400
Overseas £15400

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

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.

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If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded offer holder you may be eligible for:

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