5. The MSc programmes and the taught component

5.1 Taught postgraduate programmes

The School runs 5 taught postgraduate programmes.  Each programme consists of (i) the taught component, running across the two semesters, and (ii) the dissertation component, running through the summer.  The structure of each programme, including a list of the course units that you need to take, are given on the following pages.


Actuarial Science (1 Year) [MSc]


Applied Mathematics (1 Year) [MSc]

Industrial Modelling pathway

Numerical Analysis pathway


Mathematical Finance (1 Year) [MSc]


Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic (1 year) [MSc]


Statistics (1 Year) [MSc]

Financial Statistics pathway




5.2 Course units

5.2.1 Course units and credits

Each course unit is worth a certain number of credits (usually 15, sometimes 30).  To obtain the MSc Degree, you will normally need to pass course units worth 180 credits in total. This includes the dissertation which is worth either 90 or 60 credits, depending upon the programme.


To obtain a Postgraduate Diploma, you will need 120 credits in total.  To obtain a Postgraduate Certificate, you will need 60 credits it total.


Codes for Mathematics taught course units consist of the letters MATH followed by five digits. The first indicates the level of the course unit. In general, a level of 6 corresponds to an MSc unit.  The fifth digit denotes the semester in which the course unit is offered: 1 indicates a First Semester course unit, 2 indicates a Second Semester course unit and 0 indicates a full-year course unit.  Information on how to select your course units is available here


5.2.2 Syllabuses and online material

Syllabuses (course unit descriptions) for all Mathematics course units may be found at the website:

http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/information-for-current-students/informationforcurrenttaughtmscstudents/course-units-offered/course-units-by-level/?level=6/. (Click on Postgraduate taught course units.) 


The course unit page for each course unit contains a link to the online course material. The nature of the online course material varies from course unit to course unit, but it may include lecture notes, examples sheets and solutions, and past examination papers.  Online course material can also be obtained via Blackboard, the University's eLearning environment.  You can log on to Blackboard by going to http://my.manchester.ac.uk.


5.2.3 Course unit selection

Course unit selection will be available as a self-service facility for students from 18 September at the following website: http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/information-for-current-students/informationforcurrenttaughtmscstudents/courseunitselectionprocess/.  Before registering for any optional courses, you must first check with your Programme Director for approval. The self-service course unit selection will close two weeks after the start of teaching for the first semester courses and for full-year courses.  It will remain open for second semester courses until the cut-off point two weeks after the start of the second semester.  You should automatically be enrolled onto your mandatory course units. 


5.2.4 Support classes (Tutorials)

Each course unit normally has a number of support classes associated with it.  Lecturers hand out examples sheets on a regular basis. In a support class, the lecturer will be available to offer you individual help with any problems you may be having with the questions on the example sheets or lectured material. The lecturer may also work through some of the questions on the blackboard.


5.2.5 Research seminars

There are a number of seminar series running in the School.  These vary from research seminars (where experts, often internationally renowned researchers, give talks about their current research) to more informal seminar series often run by postgraduate students (such as the Pure Postgraduate Seminar, the Informal Applied Seminar and the Postgraduate Probability Seminar).  Attending and participating in the seminars can be particularly useful if you are intending to go on to do research, either by studying for a PhD or working in research in industry.  You should talk to your academic advisor about which seminars you might want to attend. 

A complete list of the seminar series run in the School can be found here: http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/events/seminars.

 Each year a committee of postgraduate research students organise the MRSC – the Mathematics Research Student Conference – normally in late September/early October.  This is a one-day conference where postgraduate research students can present their research to other students in the School. Taught postgraduate students are also welcome to attend.  See http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/~pgconf/.

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