Mathematics

MRes, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want to develop a more coherent research interest in an area of mathematics before embarking on a full PhD.

Course Description

An MRes is a ‘Masters by Research’ degree, consisting of a one-year, supervised research project supported by a small number of taught modules. Effectively, this is a ‘mini PhD’: your project will be directly related to ongoing departmental research and your dissertation is expected to be of a very high standard, possibly leading to publication in a peer reviewed journal.

The MRes in Mathematics works as a ‘taster’ if you plan to take a PhD, or might suit you if you want a Masters Degree that allows you to really concentrate in a particular aspect of maths that particularly fascinates you.

You will take four taught modules, followed by a large research project which will allow you to develop and explore a deep understanding of your chosen topic under the direct supervision of a member of our academic staff.

Key Facts
Start date
January and September each year
Department
Mathematics
Contact

MSc Admissions Team
+44 (0)116 252 3896
mathspg@le.ac.uk

Department of Mathematics website

Why Leicester?

The Department of Mathematics at Leicester carries out research, training and postgraduate teaching in finance, risk management, dynamical systems, computational modelling, actuarial science, data analysis, algebra, topology and associated fields.

We have more than 50 postgraduate research students, over 80 postgraduate taught students and in excess of 100 students studying by distance learning.

The Department provides a stimulating academic environment where you can develop your knowledge and skills, and contribute to a wider understanding of the subject area.

Course Structure

October start

October start

Core module

  • Advanced Readings in Mathematics

Option modules

If you start your degree in October you will choose three option modules from:

Students starting in January have a different selection of option modules.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

January start

January start

Core module

  • Advanced Readings in Mathematics

Option modules

If you start your degree in January you will choose three option modules from:

Students starting in October have a different selection of option modules.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Project

Project

The major part of your MRes will be your research project, studying in-depth a topic that fascinates you, with a view to possible publication in a research journal.

You will be expected to attend compulsory weekly research seminars (and keep a log of what is discussed). You will also contribute to the Department’s postgraduate seminar series. 

Examples of previous projects in different fields:

  • Algebra: Simple Locally Finite Lie algebras and their Representations
  • Algebraic Topology: Elliptic Curves and Mordell's Theorem
  • Dynamics of Complex Systems: Strichartz estimates for the Schrodinger equation
  • Finance and Actuarial: Functional linear models and applications in lifecourse data
  • Fluids: Impact of igneous intrusions on the composition of oil fields
  • Geometry: Visualisation of minimal surfaces
  • Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing: Numerical methods for nonlinear conservation laws
  • Statistics: General High-dimensional Bayesian Deconvolution and Learning of Reliability of Devices
  • Number Theory: The road to the proof of odd Goldbach's conjecture
  • Mathematical Biology: Stochastic and mean-field models of individual animal movement

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching includes lectures, problem classes, self-paced learning and directed reading. Module assessment is a mix of coursework and exams. Your project will be assessed through presentations and a written report.

Research Stories

Entry Requirements

2:1 in a Maths-based subject (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in September 2016 or January 2017

    • £7,805

    Starting in September 2017 or January 2018

    • To be confirmed

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?

     

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in September 2016 or January 2017

    • £17,465

    Starting in September 2017 or January 2018

    • To be confirmed
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Mathematics MRes 1 year full-time January and September each year Apply Now
Course
Mathematics
Qualification
MRes
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
January and September each year
Availability

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