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Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Mathematics

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

About the course

This programme has been designed to give you an advanced understanding of mathematics. Choose to specialise in a particular area or study across a range of mathematical topics in pure, applied and statistics. You will gain a solid foundation for any career requiring a strong mathematical background, including education, finance and engineering. Our graduate seminars and projects let you work closely with experts at the forefront of research and give you the transferrable skills that are invaluable for employment and further studies at PhD level.

You'll be able to enhance your mathematical understanding using computer programming in MATLAB, R, Python and more. The research interests of our staff include: algebra, fluid mechanics, industrial applications of mathematics, theoretical cosmology and astrophysics, statistical mechanics, and data analysis. At Hull, you will be part of a small community of like-minded mathematicians. 

What you'll study

There are three trimesters. During the first two trimesters, you'll study the compulsory modules, and choose four optional modules. For the final trimester, you will work closely with a supervisor on an advanced mathematical project. 

Core modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Advanced Mathematical Project

    In coordination with a supervisor you will choose and study an advanced topic of mathematics.

Compulsory modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Graduate Seminar A

    The graduate seminar allows you to work closely with an academic on a mathematical topic that you are interested in. The module involves regular interactive group discussions, presentations and sharing of knowledge with staff and other students.

  • Graduate Seminar B

    The graduate seminar allows you to work closely with an academic on a mathematical topic that you are interested in. The module involves regular interactive group discussions, presentations and sharing of knowledge with staff and other students.

Optional modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Mathematical Logic

    Explore first-order logic from a formal, rigorous perspective. You will learn to evaluate and construct logical arguments. Topics include symbolic logic, proofs, consistency and completeness.

  • Measure, Probability and Integration

    You will study measure theory which connects analysis to advanced probability theory. Topics include Lebesgue measure, probability spaces, Kolmogorov’s zero-one law, weak and strong laws of large numbers and central limit theorem.

  • Cosmology

    How old is the Universe? Where does matter come from? How will the Universe end? You will investigate these and other fundamental questions in cosmology using the mathematical framework of general relativity. 

  • Game and Decision Theory

    This module introduces the basic notions from game theory and you will learn how to determine optimal strategies for non-cooperative and cooperative games. You will also learn how to make choices under uncertainty in the framework of decision theory.

  • Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations

    You will investigate how PDEs can be solved using various numerical schemes. Topics include elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic PDEs, convection-diffusion equation and finite-element method.

  • Interacting Particle Systems

    Systems of interacting particles are investigated using statistical mechanics. Topics include Ising, Potts and voter models, thermodynamic limit, phase transitions and duality.

Where you'll study

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £8,500

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International:  £14,000

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Mathematics at Hull is taught by renowned academics whose expertise underpins the modules you study.

Our class sizes are small, and you will be part of a close-knit mathematical community.

From algebra to statistical mechanics and cosmology, our staff are working at the forefront of mathematical research.

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Entry requirements

Normally a Bachelor Honours degree (typically 2.2 or above, or international equivalent) in a mathematics or related discipline, but applicants with relevant industrial experience may be considered.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

The MSc in mathematics from Hull will give you advanced skills in logical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making as well as transferable skills in presentation and group work. These skills are in high demand across many job sectors such as teaching, finance, data analysis and engineering.

The MSc will also prepare you for a PhD which will pave the way towards a career in academia.