M.Sc. International Master's in Mathematics and Its Applications

University of Kent - Canterbury Campus

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,100 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 12,450 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits: 90 ECTS
180
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

Studying Mathematics at postgraduate level gives you a chance to begin your own research, develop your own creativity and be part of a long tradition of people investigating analytic, geometric and algebraic ideas. Under the guidance of internationally renowned researchers in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS), postgraduate students develop analytical, communication and research skills. Developing computational skills and applying them to mathematical problems forms a significant part of the postgraduate training in the School.

The Mathematics Group at Kent ranked highly in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. With 100% of the Applied Mathematics Group submitted, all research outputs were judged to be of international quality and 12.5% was rated 4*. For the Pure Mathematics Group, a large proportion of the outputs demonstrated international excellence.

The Mathematics Group also has an excellent track record of winning research grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Royal Society, the EU, the London Mathematical Society and the Leverhulme Trust.

Contents

If your mathematical background is insufficient for direct entry to the MSc in Mathematics and its Applications, you may apply for this course. The first year of the programme has been designed to give you a strong background in mathematics, equivalent to the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics. This is followed by the MSc in Mathematics and its Applications.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

  • MA552 - Analysis
  • MA553 - Linear Algebra
  • MA554 - Groups,Rings and Fields
  • MA588 - Mathematical Techniques and Differential Equations
  • MA591 - Nonlinear Systems and Mathematical Biology
  • MA593 - Topics in Modern Applied Mathematics
  • MA549 - Discrete Mathematics
  • MA572 - Complex Analysis
  • MA563 - Calculus of Variations
  • MA587 - Numerical Solution of Differential Equations
  • MA577 - Elements of Abstract Analysis
  • MA576 - Groups and Representations
  • MA574 - Polynomials in Several Variables
  • MA961 - Mathematical Inquiry and Communication
  • MA962 - Geometric Integration
  • MA964 - Applied Algebraic Topology
  • MA965 - Symmetries, Groups and Invariants
  • MA968 - Mathematics and Music
  • MA969 - Applied Differential Geometry
  • MA970 - Nonlinear Analysis and Optimisation
  • MA971 - Introduction to Functional Analysis
  • MA972 - Algebraic Curves in Nature
  • MA973 - Basic Differential Algebra
  • CB600 - Games and Networks
  • MA562 - Nonlinear Waves and Solitons
  • MA960 - Dissertation

Assessment

Closed book examinations, take-home problem assignments and computer lab assignments (depending on the module).

Learning outcomes

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • provide a Master’s level mathematical education of excellent quality, informed by research and scholarship
  • provide an opportunity to enhance your mathematical creativity, problem-solving skills and advanced computational skills
  • provide an opportunity for you to enhance your oral communication, project design and basic research skills
  • provide an opportunity for you to experience and engage with a creative, research-active professional mathematical environment
  • produce graduates of value to the region and nation by offering you opportunities to learn about mathematics in the context of its application.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the applications of mathematical theories, methods and techniques
  • the power of generalisation, abstraction and logical argument
  • the processes and pitfalls of mathematical approximation
  • nonlinear phenomena
  • geometric thinking
  • non-commutative phenomena
  • algebraic thinking
  • analytic thinking
  • mathematical computation.

Intellectual skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • problem solving: the ability to work with self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, as well as an ability to provide an analytic approach to mathematical problem-solving
  • independent critical reading of technical material
  • independent creative mathematical inquiry: to develop an understanding of how techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret mathematical knowledge, to show initiative in the application of knowledge
  • logical argument: the ability to formulate detailed rigorous arguments and to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • mathematical typesetting (LaTeX)
  • the ability to speak with clarity to both a mathematical and a non-specialist audience
  • symbolic computation (eg Maple)
  • numerical computation (eg Matlab).

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • oral and written communication: the ability to communicate technical material, ideas and results to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • project design: to independently plan, implement and complete a project to professional level
  • basic research: to be able to select and critically evaluate appropriate material from a variety of sources, be able to use appropriate IT tools, be able to write a literature survey, to investigate a mathematical topic in-depth
  • organisational, decision-making, self-management and time-management skills, including the ability to manage your own learning and self-development, and to plan and implement tasks autonomously.

Requirements

A good ordinary Bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) in an appropriate subject

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Funding

University of Kent awards

Templeman Scholarship - exclusively for Kent graduates

  • Offers tuition fees for one year.
  • Open to full-time taught Master's applicants who are Kent graduates.

Alumni Postgraduate Research Scholarship - exclusively for Kent graduates

  • Offers home-rate tuition fees plus maintenance award (£13,863 for 2014-15)
  • Open to full-time doctoral applicants who are Kent alumni.

Graduate School Scholarship - exclusively for Kent graduates

  • £1,000 tuition fee reduction (£500 over two years for part-time students).
  • Open to 2014 Kent graduates who are registered at Kent by 1 October 2014 for a self-funded postgraduate degree programme.

Loyalty discount - exclusively for Kent graduates

  • 10% discount on the first year of postgraduate tuition fees.
  • Open to alumni, siblings/children of alumni, husband and wife studying together for further degrees.

100 50th anniversary Research Scholarships

  • PhD scholarships offered at the standard UK Research Councils rate (£13,863 for 2014-15).
  • Applicants must hold a first or 2i hons degree / Masters at merit or distinction and meet other criteria.
  • Applicants must be eligible to register no later than 1 October 2014.
  • Open to applicants from any country. Please note that overseas students must have the appropriate documentation to evidence eligibility to work in the UK. Further information can be found here.
  • The scholarships are administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Scheme. See below.

Medway Community Scholarships

  • £1,000 financial support, and advice, training and guidance to help you deliver your project
  • Applicants must not hold another Music or Sport scholarship.
  • Open to all applicants registered or due to register at Medway.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

  • Varies from a few hundred pounds to the standard UK Research Councils rate (£13,863 for 2014-15).
  • GTAs are employed to teach alongside their studies and must meet criteria specific to the academic school.
  • Open to applicants from any country subject to visa and residency requirements.

University of Kent at Paris Scholarship

  • £25,000 scholarship fund.
  • Applicants must hold a relevant first-class Bachelor's degree (or specified equivalent) and meet other criteria.
  • Open to UK, EU and overseas fee-paying applicants.

University of Kent at Rome Scholarship

  • Fee waiver and maintenance stipend of £13,590.
  • Applicants must hold a relevant first-class Bachelor's Degree (or specified equivalent) and meet other criteria.
  • Open to UK, EU and overseas fee-paying applicants.

Christine and Ian Bolt Scholarship

  • Open to full-time Kent postgraduate students whose research material is located in the USA.
  • Offers up to £10,000 (to include tuition fees) for one year in support of a sustained period of research in the USA.

The Dora Harvey Memorial Research Scholarship

  • Open to full-time UK, EU and overseas fee-paying applicants.
  • Covers tuition fees for a female Faculty of Social Sciences PhD student at the home/EU rate.

European jointly supervised PhDs (Cotutelle) Scholarship

  • Open to full-time EU (non UK) applicants of University of Kent jointly supervised PhDs (Cotutelle).
  • Offers 50% off tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for one year.

Gurkha Scholarship

  • Covers tuition fees for a programme of study.
  • Applicants must be (or be dependents of) serving or former members of Gurkha brigades located in Kent, and meet other criteria.
  • Open to full-time applicants from any country.

Santander Scholarship

  • Open to eligible students from Iberian or Latin American countries.
  • Offers £5,000 (for one year) towards a full-time taught or research Master’s degree at the University of Kent.

Music Performance Scholarship (Music at Kent website)

  • Up to £5,000 pa which includes provision for instrumental/vocal tuition (up to £500 pa).
  • Applicants must meet a range of specified criteria.
  • Open to all new students from any country.

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