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Mathematics MSc

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The Mathematics MSc is a wide-ranging course drawing on modules from pure mathematics and theoretical physics, with additional options to study elements of Complex Systems and Financial Mathematics.

The course is suitable for graduates who wish to pursue an advanced mathematical study pathway with the intention of studying at a PhD level in a mathematical discipline later on.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download for the full time or part time course.


  • Unrivalled facilities in central London with City of London’s financial centre close by.
  • Flexible study course offering the opportunity to study part-time.
  • King’s is a member of the London Graduate School which provides advanced courses for students who wish to push beyond the MSc core syllabus.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 20 FT, 10 PT.

Course leaders

Professor Jurgen Berndt

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Mathematics

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Course detail

Description

The Mathematics MSc course offers you the choice to study either full or part-time, taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation. You will explore mathematical areas including Algebra, Analysis, Geometry, Number Theory and Theoretical Physics, and there are opportunities to explore a broad range of additional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop a study pathway that reflects your interests – see the course structure for full details of available modules.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete. You will study optional modules in your first year, and a further selection of optional modules and the 60-credit project module in your second year.

King’s is also a member of the University of London and by arrangement, you can enrol in optional modules at other institutions within the University of London, which includes Birkbeck, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, University College London and many others.

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, independent study, coursework and preparation for examinations.

During your work on the MSc Project you will have regular meetings with your project supervisor, but you are expected to spend the majority of your time in self-study to complete the project work.

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this degree is written examination. You may also be assessed by essays, practical examination, oral presentation, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • MSc Mathematics Project (60 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 120 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Topology (15 credits)
  • Rings & Modules (15 credits)
  • Lie Groups & Lie Algebras (15 credits)
  • Metric & Banach Spaces (15 credits)
  • Manifolds (15 credits)
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (15 credits)
  • Quantum Field Theory (15 credits)
  • Galois Theory (15 credits)
  • Representation Theory of Finite Groups (15 credits)
  • Algebraic Number Theory (15 credits)
  • Operator Theory (15 credits)
  • Fourier Analysis (15 credits)
  • Algebraic Geometry (15 credits)
  • Nonlinear Analysis (15 credits)
  • String Theory & Branes (15 credits)
  • Advanced General Relativity (15 credits)
  • Space Time Geometry & General Relativity (15 credits)
  • Supersymmetry (15 credits)
  • Advanced Quantum Field Theory (15 credits)

You may take up to 45 credits (from your 120 credits of optional modules) from a range of modules, which may typically include:

  • Probability Theory (15 credits)
  • Risk Neutral Valuation (15 credits)
  • Financial Markets (15 credits)
  • Stochastic Analysis (15 credits)
  • Statistics in Finance (15 credits)
  • Numerical & Computational Methods in Finance (15 credits)
  • Incomplete Markets (15 credits)
  • Econophysics (15 credits)
  • Machine Learning (15 credits)
  • Theory of Complex Networks (15 credits)
  • Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems (15 credits)
  • Elements of Statistical Learning (15 credits)
  • Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Biology (15 credits)

Part-time students should aim to take four modules (60 credits) from the optional modules list in each year. The MSc Mathematics Project will be taken in the second year.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Maths Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements  2:1 Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree with mathematics as a main field of study. We also welcome applications with a 2:2 Honours degree and assess them on an individual basis. Since the course has its emphasis on pure mathematics and theoretical physics, applicants are normally expected to have prerequisites in these areas of at least 180 credits (or equivalent).

Alternative requirements
Those with a third class degree or other qualification may wish to consider applying to the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics. Applicants will be considered with a Distinction or Merit from this programme.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies. Your application will be assessed by an admissions tutor and we aim to reply within six to eight weeks of the date of submission.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4,995 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £10,650 per year (2019/20)

 Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates have since found employment with Barclays Bank, Kinetic Partners, Lloyds Banking Group and Sapient.

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