“There is no branch of mathematics, however abstract, which may not someday be applied to phenomena of the real world.” – Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky
If you're looking to take your undergraduate mathematics experience to new levels and develop advanced research skills, this intensive programme covers the wide spectrum of discrete mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics, and addresses some of the key quantifiable challenges and opportunities in the world around us. An interdisciplinary subject by nature, we will help you to apply mathematical concepts and methods to the ever-changing worlds of science, engineering, business, digital technology and industry, and particularly to communication theory, mathematical physics and financial mathematics, where some of our key research interests lie.
The skills you gain will open up a range of career options and provide a solid foundation if you wish to progress to a PhD. You will be guided by renowned specialists in the field who publish in internationally competitive journals and work closely with partners in industry.
Join our friendly and inspiring department and you will benefit from a thoroughly supportive learning environment, with generous staff office hours and a dedicated personal advisor to help you with any queries and guide you through your degree. Our graduates are in demand for their skills in research, numeracy, data handling and analysis, logical thinking and creative problem solving.
- Apply your mathematics to real-world situations and gain the skills to work at a high level in industry, business or research.
- Learn from internationally renowned mathematicians. We rank second in the UK for our research impact and fourth for world leading or internationally excellent research output (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
- Feel at home in a friendly department where you will be known as an individual.
Alongside eight chosen modules you will have the opportunity to carry out a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice.
In addition to your supervised project, there will be a number of optional course units available during the course of your degree. The following lists a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available.
Theory of Error - Correcting Codes
Advanced Cypher Systems
Public Key Cryptography
Applications of Field Theory
Quantum Information and Coding
Principles of Algorithm Design
Advanced Financial Mathematics
Computational Number Theory
The programme requires a minimum of six students per year to run, so please note that if fewer than six students register we will offer you alternative options or refund any deposit paid.
Please note that, although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. .
The programme can be completed in one year if you study full-time, or in two years part-time.
You will initially choose 8 courses from the list of available options, of which you specify 6 courses during the second term that will count towards your final award. You will also complete a core research project under the supervision of one of our academic staff. There is a strong focus on small group teaching throughout the programme.
Assessment is carried out through a variety of methods, including coursework, examinations and the main project. End-of-year examinations in May or June will count for 66.7% of your final award, while the dissertation will make up the remaining 33.3% and has to be submitted by September.
UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent with Mathematics as a main field of study and good marks in relevant courses. Exceptionally, at the discretion of the course director, qualifications in other subjects (for example, physics or computer science) or degrees of lower classification may be considered.
English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall and no subscore below 5.5
If you require Royal Holloway to sponser your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
International and EU entry requirements
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Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.
By the end of this programme you will have completed a major research project and acquired an advanced knowledge and understanding of: the role and limitations of mathematics in solving problems that arise in real-world scenarios. You will also have impressive skills in selected areas of mathematics and their applications, and the ability to synthesise and interpret information from multiple sources with insight and critical awareness. We will teach you to formulate problems clearly and express your technical work and conclusions clearly in writing, and you will develop valuable transferable skills such as time management, adaptability and self-motivation.
Our graduates have gone on to carry out cutting-edge research in the fields of communication theory and cryptography, as well as successful careers in industries such as: information security, IT consultancy, banking and finance, higher education and telecommunication. They have taken up roles such as: Principal Information Security Consultant at Abbey National PLC; Senior Manager at Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche; Global IT Security Director at Reuters; and Information Security Manager at London Underground.
You will have a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies and advise you on postgraduate opportunities, and the campus Careers team will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on your chosen career. The University of London Careers Advisory Service offers regular, tailored sessions for Mathematics students, on finding summer internships or vacation employment and getting into employment.
- Open doors to a range of exciting opportunities in advanced research, science and industry.
- 90% of our graduates are in work or undertaking further study within six months of leaving (Unistats 2015).
- Our strong ties with industry mean we understand the needs of employers.
- Take advantage of our summer work placement scheme and fine-tune your CV before you enter your final year.
- Benefit from a personal advisor who will guide you through your studies and future options.
Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £7,000
Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £14,500
Other essential costs**: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course
Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.
*The tuition fees given above apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee and information is available from the Royal Holloway Student Fees Office on Student-Fees@rhul.ac.uk. All fees are likely to rise annually in line with inflation but no more than 5 per cent per year.
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** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.