MSc Mathematics

School of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science

We use mathematics and statistics to solve real-world problems. Our academics work with industry, business and the public sector.

Pure and applied mathematics are thriving at Sheffield. Our friendly, informal style and our commitment to breaking new ground, attracts some of the best minds in the world.

We work closely with some of the world's leading names in finance, engineering, energy and medicine to find new ways of tackling some very big challenges.

About the course

That’s the trouble with maths. It's so fascinating, so absorbing, one degree just isn’t enough.

If you loved your undergraduate course and you're ready to tackle advanced topics in pure and applied mathematics, Sheffield is the place to do it.

This intensive introduction to these topics draws on our strengths in algebra, geometry, topology, number theory, fluid dynamics and solar physics. You'll attend lectures but you'll also get hands-on research experience, writing a dissertation supervised by an active researcher.

And we keep our classes small so that everyone gets to interact with their tutors.

You'll be amazed just how relevant your love of maths is. The range of applications is mind-boggling. And the transferable skills you'll pick up, including problem solving, will make you an asset to any employer.


Possible module choices include:

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Geometry
  • Algebraic Topology
  • Number Theory
  • Topics in Advanced Fluid Dynamics
  • Analytical Dynamics and Classical Field Theory
  • Methods of Mathematical Physics
  • Stochastic Processes and Finance
  • Waves and Magnetohydrodynamics


  • Lectures
  • Seminars


  • Exams
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation

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Swarna Khare, postgraduate students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

I'm in a position now where I feel I can do whatever I want with the coming years. For someone formerly in the rat-race, it’s a truly liberating feeling.

Kristian Brock, postgraduate in the School of Mathematics and Statistics

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree with substantial maths component.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Your career

Our graduates go into finance, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. They work for government agencies and research institutes with major organisations such as First Direct, GlaxoSmithKline, Marks and Spencer, the Government Statistical Service and Medical Research Council units.

Our courses can also prepare you for PhD-level training.

Duration of course

The MSc Maths is only available as a one-year, full-time course.

About us

Our academics are in demand. They are members of international societies and organisations, and they speak at conferences around the world. They bring new ideas into the classroom so you can see how research is improving on existing approaches.

Our solar scientists were the first to record musical sounds created by vibrations in the sun's atmosphere.

Our Statistical Services Unit works with industry, commerce and the public sector. The services they provide include consultancy, training courses and computer software development.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 3808