## Course overview

The MSc provides you with in depth knowledge of algebra, number theory, group theory and analysis. Your interest in mathematical theorems will be fuelled by studying optional modules in topics ranging from Elliptic Curves to Linear Analysis.

You'll learn from mathematicians with research interests ranging from algebraic geometry to applied analysis. This is reflected in the wide range of previous dissertation projects. They have included a broad spectrum of subjects, including:

- Homotopic topology
- The sieve of Eratosthenes
- Reduced models for ferromagnetic materials.

Teaching is influenced by the research work of the Algebra and Analysis and the Number Theory and Geometry groups. Some of the topics studied by group members include:

- Analytic number theory
- Arithmetic, algebraic and anabelian geometry
- Categorical representation theory
- Data and image analysis

The masters course provides flexibility for a range of careers whether your interests lie in pure or applied maths. Many of our graduates go on to study a PhD. Others use it more widely for jobs in industry, teaching, government and finance.

## Why choose this course?

### Top 10 UK ranking

research power and quality. Many 4* level papers in pure maths featured in REF submission

Research Excellence Framework 2014

### Optional modules

allow you to tailor the degree to suit your interests

### Acclaimed lecturers

regularly contribute to articles in mathematical journals including Compositio Mathematica, Crelle's Journal

### One-to-one supervision

by faculty staff during dissertation project

### No programming assumed

yet some staff are programming experts who contribute to Sage and other PC algebra systems

### Flexibility to focus

by specialising in one of the strands of algebra, analysis or number theory and geometry

## Course content

You will study six modules across the year, split between three modules per semester, plus a dissertation. Students must take 120 credits worth of optional modules and a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Central to the course are pairs of modules each consisting of an autumn and a spring module. In 2019/20, students selected modules from at least one of the following pairs, plus additional optional modules to suit their specific interests.

- Advanced Group Theory and Combinational Group Theory
- Higher Number Theory and Algebraic Number Theory

By completing one of these topic combinations, you will gain advanced knowledge and expertise in one of the key areas of group theory or number theory.

### Modules

#### Core modules

#### Choose one combination from following:

#### Or:

#### Remaining optional modules to be chosen from:

## Learning and assessment

### How you will learn

- Lectures
- Problem classes
- Tutorials

### How you will be assessed

- Examinations
- Coursework
- Dissertation

You will be awarded the Master of Science Degree provided you have successfully completed the taught stage by achieving a weighted average mark of at least 50%, with no more than 40 credits below 50% and no more than 20 credits below 40%.

You must achieve a mark of at least 50% in the dissertation.

Candidates for the masters degree who fail to reach the required standard for the award may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate under certain circumstances.

### Contact time and study hours

The number of formal contact hours and class sizes vary depending on the optional modules you are studying. As a guide, in the Autumn and Spring semesters you will typically spend around 12 hours per week between Monday and Friday in classes.

You will work on your research project between June and September, usually based at the University.

Teaching is provided by academic staff within the School of Mathematical Sciences. The majority of modules are typically delivered by Professors, Associate and Assistant Professors. Additional support in small group and practical classes may include PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Programming skills are not required for the course, however, several staff members are experts in computational aspects, including Sage to which some regularly contribute.

The majority of your lecturers and tutors will be based within the mathematics building. This means if you need to get in touch with them during office hours, they can be contacted easily as they are close by.

## Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

## Where you will learn

### University Park Campus

University Park Campus covers 300 acres, with green spaces, wildlife, period buildings and modern facilities. It is one of the UK's most beautiful and sustainable campuses, winning a national Green Flag award every year since 2003.

Most schools and departments are based here. You will have access to libraries, shops, cafes, the Students’ Union, sports village and a health centre.

You can walk or cycle around campus. Free hopper buses connect you to our other campuses. Nottingham city centre is 15 minutes away by public bus or tram.

## Where you will learn

### Dedicated MSc study room

There is a dedicated workroom for masters students, based within the School of Mathematical Sciences. It is equipped with desk top computers, this provides a quiet study space.

## Fees

Qualification | MSc |
---|---|

Home / UK | £10,500 per year |

International | £20,000 per year |

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition
fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals
living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland
will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee
status at UK universities until **31 December 2027**.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

### Additional costs

As a student on this course, we do not anticipate any extra significant costs, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.

**Printing**

Due to our commitment to sustainability, we don’t print lecture notes but these are available digitally. You will be given £5 worth of printer credits a year. You are welcome to buy more credits if you need them. It costs 4p to print one black and white page.

**Books**

You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies which you would need to factor into your budget.

**Computers**

Personal laptops are not compulsory as we have computer labs that are open 24 hours a day but you may want to consider one if you wish to work at home.

## Funding

#### School scholarships for UoN international alumni

For 2021/22 entry, 10% alumni scholarships may be offered to former University of Nottingham international graduates who have studied at the UK campus.

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate funding## Careers

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

### Graduate destinations

Graduates go on to pursue a variety of careers. Some enter roles that have a direct relationship with pure mathematics including cryptography and statistical programming. Others choose to pursue a PhD in mathematics directly related to pure mathematics or even in applied mathematics.

Graduate destinations include:

### Career progression

97.5% of postgraduates from the School of Mathematical Sciences secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £28,131.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

**Gold**for outstanding teaching and learning (2017/18). Our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national grading system, introduced by the government in England. It assesses the quality of teaching at universities and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

This content was last updated on Tuesday 30 March 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.