Mathematics MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Are you interested in mathematics research and do you plan to pursue further study? Or do you want to work in industry?

This MSc allows you to choose the mathematical topics that best fit your tastes and aspirations. You’ll gain an understanding of advanced mathematics, concentrating on pure, applied and numerical mathematics.

Mathematics at Sussex plays an important role in the current development of areas as diverse as:

  • analysis and partial differential equations
  • geometry and topology
  • mathematical physics
  • mathematics applied to biology
  • numerical analysis and scientific computing
  • probability and statistics.

Why choose this course?

  • 97% of our research output was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014 REF).
  • You’ll benefit from our collaborative links with other departments in the UK and overseas.
  • We foster an intellectually stimulating environment in which you are encouraged to develop your own research interests with the support of our faculty.
The Department of Mathematics has a community feel – the tutors here take a real interest in your work.”Stephen Ashton
Mathematics MSc

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in mathematics (including joint degrees) or in a subject with substantial mathematics content. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Lower level (6.0 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

56 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

80 overall, including at least 19 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statementYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you choose from a range of core modules and options.

In the summer term, you work on your MSc dissertation. You can choose from a wide range of dissertation topics. You’ll be supervised by research-active faculty members.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Our experts

“This MSc is ideal for anyone interested in theory and technique in mathematics and its use in practical applications, or in using mathematical knowledge to identify and resolve unexplained issues.” Dr Miroslav ChlebikConvenor of Mathematics MSc
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    Dr Miroslav Chlebik

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    Research interests

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    Dr Peter Giesl

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    Research interests

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    Research interests

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    Reader in Mathematics

    Research interests

    Big Data Analytics, Finance, Stochastic integral-differential equations

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  • Geometry and Topology
  • Mathematics Applied to Biology
    Dr Konstantin Blyuss

    Dr Konstantin Blyuss

    Reader

    Research interests

    Applied Mathematics, Epidemiology, Immunology, Mathematical and Computational Biology, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical modelling, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

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    Dr Istvan Kiss

    Dr Istvan Kiss

    Reader In Mathematics

    Research interests

    Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Biology, Network Theory and Complexity, Stochastic Processes

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    Dr Yuliya Kyrychko

    Dr Yuliya Kyrychko

    Reader in Mathematics

    Research interests

    Applied Mathematics, Delay Differential Equations, Feedback control, Mathematical modelling, Networks of coupled systems, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Synchronisation

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    Prof Anotida Madzvamuse

    Prof Anotida Madzvamuse

    Professor of Mathematical&ComputationalBiology'RSW Research Merit Award Holder'

    Research interests

    computational biology, Coupled bulk-surface models, Dynein transport models, evolving surface finite element, Keratin spatio-temporal models, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical modelling, moving grid finite element, Optimal control of Geometric PDES, Parameter Identification, Pattern Formation, Reaction-diffusion, Scientific Computing

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  • Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
    Dr Bertram Duering

    Dr Bertram Duering

    Reader in Mathematics

    Research interests

    Applied Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Modelling, Numerical Analysis, Optimal Control, Partial Differential Equations

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    Dr Max Jensen

    Dr Max Jensen

    Senior Lecturer In Mathematics

    Research interests

    Financial Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Optimal Control, Partial Differential Equations

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    Dr Omar Lakkis

    Dr Omar Lakkis

    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests

    Applied Mathematics, Computational Methods and Tools, Mathematics, Nonlinear partial differential equations, Numerical Analysis, Stochastic PDEs

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    Dr Vanessa Styles

    Dr Vanessa Styles

    Reader In Mathematics

    Research interests

    Computational Partial Differential Equations, Mathematical and Computational Biology, Numerical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations

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  • Probability and Statistics
    Prof Enrico Scalas

    Prof Enrico Scalas

    Professor Of Statistics & Probability

    Research interests

    Econophysics, Financial Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Monte Carlo simulations, Probability Theory, Statistical Mechanics, Stochastic Processes

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  • financial management and analysis
  • programming
  • scientific journalism.

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100% of students from the Department of Mathematics were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • accountant, Ernst & Young
  • graduate analyst, Invesco
  • performance analyst, Legal and General Investment Management.

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Today the knowledge and experiences that I gained from my MSc are still central to the way I educate my students and lead a department of 18 academic staff.”Maureen Siew Fang Chong
Head of the Mathematics Department
Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billar College, Brunei Darussalam

Dissertation (Mathematics)

  • 60 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

You undertake a 20,000-word dissertation from a wide choice of topics, taken under the supervision of a faculty member. This includes personal tutorial hours, where you and your supervisor discuss progress.

Advanced Numerical Analysis

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will cover topics including:

  • Iterative methods for linear systems: Jacobi and Gauss-Seidel, conjugate gradient, GMRES and Krylov methods
  • Iterative methods for nonlinear systems: fixed point iteration, Newton's method and Inexact Newton
  • Optimisation: simplex methods, descent methods, convex optimisation and non-convenx optimisation
  • Eigenvalue problems: power method, Von Mises method, Jacobi iteration and special matrices
  • Numerical methods for ordinary differential equations: existence of solutions for ODE's, Euler's method, Lindelöf-Picard method, continuous dependence and stability of ODE's
  • Basic methods: forward and backward Euler, stability, convergence, midpoint and trapezoidal methods (order of convergence, truncation error, stability convergence, absolute stability and A-stability)
  • Runge-Kutta methods: one step methods, predictor-corrector methods, explicit RK2 and RK4 as basic examples, and general theory of RK methods such as truncation, consitency, stability and convergence 
  • Linear multistep methods: multistep methods, truncation, consistency, stability, convergence, difference equaitons, Dahlquist's barriers, Adams family and backward difference formulas
  • Boundary value problems in 1d, shooting methods, finite difference methods, convergence analysis, Galerkin methods and convergence analysis

Cryptography

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will cover the following areas: 

  • symmetric-key cryptosystems
  • hash functions and message authentication codes
  • public-key cryptosystems
  • complexity theory and one-way functions
  • primality and randomised algorithms
  • random number generation
  • elliptic curve cryptography
  • attacks on cryptosystems
  • quantum cryptography
  • cryptographic standards.

Financial Mathematics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will study generalized cash flows, time value of money, real and money interest rates, compound interest functions, quations of value, loan repayment schemes, investment project evaluation and comparison, bonds, term structure of interest rates, some simple stochastic interest rate models and project writing.

Functional Analysis

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you cover:

  • Banach spaces, Banach fixed-point theorem, Baire's theorem
  • bounded linear operators and on Banach spaces, continuous linear functionals, Banach-Steinhaus uniform boundedness principle
  • open mapping and closed graph theorems, Hahn-Banach theorem
  • Hilbert spaces, orthogonal expansions, Riesz representation theorem.

Galois Theory

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

A quadratic equation in one variable has a formula for its solutions. So do cubic and quartic equations, whereas a general quintic has no such formula. The theory of field equations and its connection to the theory of groups explains this.

The syllabus will include:

  • consideration of the historic problems
  • quadratic equations, complex roots of 1, cubic equations, quartic equations
  • insolvability of the quintic
  • ruler and compass constructions, squaring the circle, duplicating the cube
  • field extensions
  • applications to ruler-and-compass constructions
  • normal extensions
  • application to finite fields, splitting fields
  • Galois group of polynomials
  • application to x5 - 1 = 0
  • fundamental theorem of Galois Theory
  • Galois group for cubic polynomial
  • solutions of equations in radicals and soluble groups.

Introduction to Mathematical Biology

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module will introduce you to the concepts of mathematical modelling with applications to biological, ecological and medical phenomena. The main topics will include:

  • continuous populations models for single species
  • discrete population models for single species
  • phase plane analysis
  • interacting populations (continuous models)
  • enzyme kinetics
  • dynamics of infectious diseases and epidemics.

Linear Statistical Models

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

Topics include:

  • full-rank model (multiple and polynomial regression), estimation of parameters, analysis of variance and covariance
  • model checking
  • comparing models, model selection
  • transformation of response and regressor variables
  • models of less than full rank (experimental design), analysis of variance, hypothesis testing, contrasts
  • simple examples of experimental designs, introduction to factorial experiments
  • use of a computer statistical package to analyse real data sets.

Mathematical Fluid Mech

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to fluid mechanics, regarded from the perspective of the mathematical analysis of underlying PDE models. As such the course is at the interface between pure and applied mathematics.

The mdoule focuses on the basic equations of fluid dynamics, namely the Navier-Stokes and Euler equations. These are the equations governing the motion of fluids, such as water or air.

The module starts with the derivation of the basic conservation laws. Some simple cases of solutions are analyzed in detail and then a general existence theory in bounded and unbounded domain is obtained, based on energy methods.

Object Oriented Programming

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will be introduced to object-oriented programming, and in particular to understanding, writing, modifying, debugging and assessing the design quality of simple Java applications.

You do not need any previous programming experience to take this module, as it is suitable for absolute beginners.

Partial Differential Equations

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

Topics include: 

  • second-order partial differential equations (wave equation, heat equation, Laplace equation)
  • D'Alembert's solution
  • separation of variables
  • Duhamel's principle
  • energy method
  • Maximum principle
  • Green's identities.

Probability Models

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

You cover topics including:

  • short revision of probability theory
  • expectation and conditional expectation
  • convergence of random variables, in particular laws of large numbers, moment generating functions, and central limit theorem
  • stochastic processes in discrete time in particular Markov chains, including random walk, martingales in discrete time, Doob's optional stopping theorem, and martingale convergence theorem.

Programming in C++

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

After a review of the basic concepts of the C++ language, you are introduced to object oriented programming in C++ and its application to scientific computing. This includes writing and using classes and templates, operator overloading, inheritance, exceptions and error handling. In addition, Eigen, a powerful library for linear algebra is introduced. The results of programs are displayed using the graphics interface dislin.

Topology and Advanced Analysis

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

Topics that will be covered in this module include:

  • Topological spaces
  • Base and sub-base
  • Separation axioms
  • Continuity
  • Metrisability
  • Completeness
  • Compactness and Coverings
  • Total Boundedness
  • Lebesgue numbers and Epsilon-nets
  • Sequential Compactness
  • Arzela-Ascoli Theorem
  • Montel's theorem
  • Infinite Products
  • Box and Product Topologies
  • Tychonov Theorem
  • Banach-Alaoglu theorem.

Advanced Partial Differential Equations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will be introduced to modern theory of linear and nonlinear Partial Differential Equations. Starting from the theory of Sobolev spaces and relevant concepts in linear operator theory, which provides the functional analytic framework, you will treat the linear second-order elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic equations (Lax-Milgram theorem, existence of weak solutions, regularity, maximum principles), e.g., the potential, diffusion, and wave equations that arise in inhomogeneous media.

The emphasis will be on the solvability of equations with different initial/boundary conditions, as well as the general qualitative properties of their solutions. They then turn to the study of nonlinear PDE, focusing on calculus of variation.

Coding Theory

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Topics covered include: 

  • Introduction to error-correcting codes. The main coding theory problem. Finite fields.
  • Vector spaces over finite fields. Linear codes. Encoding and decoding with a linear code.
  • The dual code and the parity check matrix. Hamming codes. Constructions of codes.
  • Weight enumerators. Cyclic codes. MDS codes.

Continuum Mechanics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Topics include: 

  • kinematics (Eulerian and Lagrangian descriptions, velocity, acceleration, rate of change of physical quantities, material derivatives, streamlines)
  • deformation (stress and strain tensors, Hooke's law, equilibrium equations)
  • conservation laws for mass, momentum and energy
  • phase/group velocities of travelling wave solutions
  • models of fluid and solid mechanics.

Differential Geometry

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

On this module, we will cover:

  • Manifolds and differentiable structures
  • Lie derivatives
  • Parallel transport
  • Riemannian metrics and affine connections
  • Curvature tensor
  • Sectional curvature
  • Scalar curvature
  • Ricci curvature
  • Bianchi identities
  • Schur's lemma
  • Complete manifolds
  • Hopf-Rinow theorem
  • Hadmard's theorem
  • Geodescis and Jacobi fields
  • Bonnet-Meyer and Synge theorems
  • Laplace-Beltrami operator
  • Heat kernels and index theorem.

Dynamical Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

General dynamical systems:

  • semiflow
  • stability and attraction
  • omega-limit set
  • global attractor.

Ordinary Differential Equations:

  • linear systems
  • Lyapunov function
  • linearised systems around fixed points
  • two-dimensional systems
  • periodic orbit.

Discrete systems (iterations):

  • linear systems
  • linearised systems around fixed points
  • chaos.

Financial Invest & Corp Risk Analysis

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, we introduce the three main risk concepts in the investment and corporate risk management field: market risk (times series), credit risk (financial rating) and operational risk (evaluation and reporting techniques), using Basel Regulations as guidelines.

We then introduce the mathematical tools required to quantify, describe and analyse these risks quantitatively (including graphic representation, bootstrapping, calculation of transition matrices, ARCH/GARCH models, VaR, Monte-Carlo simulation)

We also introduce some programming tools in Excel and MatLab on how to deal with these problems.

Financial Portfolio Analysis

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will study valuation, options, asset pricing models, the Black-Scholes model, Hedging and related MatLab programming. These topics form the most essential knowledge for you if you intend to start working in the financial fields. They are complex application problems. Your understanding of mathematics should be good enough to understand the modelling and reasoning skills required. The programming element of this module makes complicated computations manageable and presentable.

Mathematical Models in Finance and Industry

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Topics include: partial differential equations (and methods for their solution) and how they arise in real-world problems in industry and finance. For example: advection/diffusion of pollutants, pricing of financial options.

Measure and Integration

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you cover:

  • countably additive measures, sigma-algebras, Borel sets, measure spaces
  • outer measures and Caratheodory's construction of measures
  • construction and properties of Lebesgue measure in Euclidean spaces
  • measurable and integrable functions, Lebesgue integration theory on measure spaces, L^p spaces and their properties
  • convergence theorems: monotone convergence, dominated convergence, Fatou's lemma
  • application of limit theorems to continuity and differentiability of integrals depending on a parameter
  • properties of finite measure spaces and probability theory.

Medical Statistics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Topics include:

  • logistic regression, fitting and interpretation
  • survival times (Kaplan-Meier estimate, log-rank test, Cox proportional hazard model)
  • designing medical research
  • clinical trials (phases I-IV, randomised double-blind controlled trial, ethical issues, sample size, early stopping)
  • observational studies (prospective/retrospective, longitudinal/cross-sectional)
  • analysis of categorical data (relative risk, odds ratio, McNemar's test, meta-analysis (Mantel-Haenszel method))
  • diagnostic tests (sensitivity and specificity; receiver operating characteristic)
  • standardised mortality rates.

Monte Carlo Simulations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module will cover topics including:

  • Introduction to R 
  • Pseudo-random number generation 
  • Generation of random variates 
  • Variance reduction 
  • Markov-chain Monte Carlo and its foundations 
  • How to analyse Monte Carlo simulations 
  • Application to physics: the Ising model 
  • Application to statistics: goodness-of-fit tests

Optimal Control of Partial Differential Equations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will be introduced to optimal control problems for partial differential equations. Starting from basic concepts in finite dimensions (existence, optimality conditions, adjoint, Lagrange functional and KKT system) you will study the theory of linear-quadratic elliptic optimal control problems (weak solutions, existence of optimal controls, adjoint operators, necessary optimality conditions, Langrange functional and adjoint as Langrangian multiplier) as well as basic numerical methods for your solution (gradient method, projected gradient method and active set strategy). The extension to semi-linear elliptic control problems will also be considered.

Perturbation theory and calculus of variations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a variety of techniques primarily involving ordinary differential equations, that have applications in various branches of applied mathematics. No particular application is emphasised.

Topics covered include –

Dimensional analysis and scaling:

  • physical quantities and their measurement
  • dimensions
  • change of units
  • physical laws
  • Buckingham Pi Theorem
  • scaling.

Regular perturbation methods:

  • direct method applied to algebraic equations and initial value problems (IVP)
  • Poincar method for periodic solutions
  • validity of approximations.

Singular perturbation methods:

  • finding approximate solutions to algebraic solutions
  • finding approximate solutions to boundary value problems (BVP) including boundary layers and matching.

Calculus of Variations:

  • necessary conditions for a function to be an extremal of a fixed or free end point problem involving a functional of integral form
  • isoperimetric problems.

Random processes

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Topics covered include:

Rationalisation:
After the introduction of the Poisson process, birth and death processes as well as epidemics models can be presented in full generality as applications of the pooled Poisson process. At the same time, the students will be introduced to the Kolmogorov equations and to the techniques for solving them. Renewal theory is needed to better understand queues, and, for this reason, it is discussed before queues.
Modernisation:
A modern introductory course on stochastic processes must include at least a section on compound renewal processes (with a focus on the compound Poisson process) as well as a chapter on the Wiener process and on Ito stochastic calculus. This is necessary given the importance this process has in several applications from finance to physics. Modernisation is achieved by including a new introductory chapter divided into three parts.
  1. Poisson processes:
    1. Density and distribution of into-event time.
    2. Pooled Poisson process.
    3. Breaking down a Poisson process.
    4. Applications of the Poisson process, eg birth-and-death processes, the Kolmogorov equations.
  1. Renewal processes
    1. The ordinary renewal process.
    2. The equilibrium renewal process.
    3. The compound renewal process.
    4. Applications of renewal processes, queues.
  1. Wiener process
    1. Definition and properties
    2. Introduction to stochastic integrals
    3. Introduction to stochastic differential equations.
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