Mathematical Sciences (MSc)

Our MSc in Mathematical Sciences is a flexible and challenging programme, taught by leading experts in the field. It allows you to develop a wide range of mathematical techniques and gives you a solid foundation to progress to research and employment at the highest levels.

Under the guidance of an academic mentor, you will be offered a choice of units spanning the breadth of mathematics. The programme offers a huge variety of possible combinations of units and themes, allowing you to add units from other schools to create an MSc which matches your interests. Its taught element is followed in June by your chosen research project, which is supervised by an experienced research academic.

The programme gives you the opportunity to increase your understanding of mathematical theory and equips you with fundamental skills in the modelling and analysis of problems. Our graduates are highly sought-after by employers for their strong analytical, communication and organisational skills.

The MSc in Mathematical Sciences comprises a taught component of 120 credit points (October to May), followed by a 60-credit research project (June to September).


There is an extensive range of possible combinations of units and themes. An academic mentor will advise you on these units and meet regularly with you individually or in small groups throughout the taught component. You are also encouraged to participate in the wider academic life of the school, including research seminars, reading clubs and social events.

Research project

Research themes include:

  • Algebra and Representation Theory
  • Applied Probability in Biology and Communications
  • Bayesian Modelling and Analysis
  • Dynamical systems and Statistical Mechanics
  • Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Geometric Analysis
  • Logic and Set Theory
  • Material Science
  • Monte Carlo Methods
  • Nonparametric Regression
  • Number Theory
  • Probability: Scaling limits and Statistical Physics
  • Quantum Information
  • Quantum Chaos
  • Random Matrix Theory
  • Time Series and Finance

An upper-second class honours degree or international equivalent.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

This programme provides you with quantitative research, reasoning and problem solving skills that will be valuable in your future career. Mathematics graduates find employment in finance, accountancy, research, teaching and management.

Full-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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