School of Mathematical Sciences

Frequently asked questions

Below are the answers to some questions we are asked regularly.

How long will the university take to process my application?

This can vary depending on the time of year, but the Admissions Office aim to process all applications within six weeks. This will depend on whether they have received all the necessary documentation, i.e. academic references and transcripts.

How do I apply?

The quickest way is to apply online, which also gives you the opportunity to track your application. Full information is provided with the online application form.

I am having problems completing my application online. Whom do I contact?

The online system is maintained by the Admissions Office. Please contact them for further information.

For any course related enquiries email 

Is there a deadline for applications?
Applications are welcome at any time but early applications are encouraged and consideration should be taken for the need to obtain accommodation and in the case of international students a visa.
Do you hold interviews?
We do not normally hold interviews for MSc courses but further information relating to your qualifications  may be requested and if necessary and a meeting to discuss these may be required.
Will I be able to apply for sponsorship from the University?

The University offer a number of sponsorships but students are only able to apply when they have received a conditional or unconditional offer. It is also useful to note that all sponsorships have a deadline so it is advisable to apply as early as possible in order to be considered. Please take a look at the fees and funding page for further information.

Do I need an English Language qualification before I apply?
It is not necessary to obtain an English Language qualification before you apply but if your application is successful, the English Language qualifications will be part of the conditions of your offer. You will need to provide proof that you have obtained the qualifications before you register with us as a student and commence your studies.
When does the course start?
The MSc courses run from September to September and are not available by correspondence or on a part-time basis. Students must attend in person.
What background knowledge do I need?
For all of our MSc courses you need a solid background in mathematics. You should have either a degree in mathematics, or a degree in a closely related subject, such as physics or engineering, with a substantial mathematical content.

Note that for the MSc course in Mathematical Medicine and Biology you do not need any previous knowledge of medicine or biology. For the courses in Scientific Computation, including Numerical Techniques for Finance, some previous experience of computer programming is helpful, but not essential.

For further details of pre-requisite knowledge please contact the Course Director of the course you are interested in.
What are the fees?
For a comprehensive guide to the fees for masters students please take a look at the university fees pages.


School of Mathematical Sciences

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