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Mathematics MSc

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Our Mathematics MSc is a wide-ranging course mainly drawing on modules from Pure Mathematics with additional options to study elements of applied mathematics such as Theoretical Physics, 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.


Key benefits

  • Top 10 in the UK for Mathematics (QS World Rankings by subject 2020).
  • Unrivalled facilities in central London.
  • 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 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake Approximately 20 FT, 10 PT.

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Mathematics

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Description

Our 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 and Number Theory, 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.

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 University College London, Queen Mary and others.

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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work, 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

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.

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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)

The topic chosen for the project should be in Pure Mathematics.

Optional Modules

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

  • Advanced Algebra (15 credits)
  • Lie Groups & Lie Algebras (15 credits)
  • Infinite Dimensional Vector Spaces (15 credits)
  • Manifolds (15 credits)
  • Galois Theory (15 credits)
  • Geometric Topology (15 credits)
  • Algebraic Number Theory (15 credits)
  • Operators on Infinite Dimensional Vector Spaces(15 credits)
  • Fourier Analysis (15 credits)
  • Algebraic Geometry (15 credits)

Other modules from the department can be taken, with the possibility to take up to 30 credits at another London College subject to the approval of the Programme Director.

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 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 £70 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 is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

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 One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
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 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below:

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021
  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

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 fees: £10,500 per year (2021/22)
  • Full time overseas fees: £23,460 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £5,250 per year (2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £11,730 per year (2021/22)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days 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.

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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