Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic MSc

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Course description

This one year taught postgraduate programme leads to the degree of MSc in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic.  The programme is suitable not only for students who wish to improve their background knowledge prior to applying to undertake a PhD by research, but also for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of postgraduate-level abstract mathematics.

The MSc comprises of the taught component, running from the start of the academic year in September until the end of the second semester in late Spring, followed by the dissertation component running from May until September.

During the taught component of the course, you will normally take five units together with a written project.  You may choose exclusively pure topics, or mainly logic modules with a few pure modules. Alternatively, students can choose a mixture of the two.  The project is normally an expository account of a piece of mathematics and you will write this under the guidance of a supervisor. The taught component comprises of conventional lectures supported by examples classes, project work and independent learning via reading material.

After successfully completing the taught component, you will prepare a dissertation on an advanced topic in pure mathematics or mathematical logic, normally of current or recent research interest, chosen in consultation with your supervisor.

You can also take the programme part-time, over a period of two years.  There is some flexibility in the precise arrangements for this programme, but you would normally attend two lecture courses each semester for three semesters before commencing work on your dissertation.


The aims of the programme are to provide training in a range of topics related to pure mathematics and mathematical logic, to encourage a sophisticated and critical approach to mathematics, and to prepare students who have the ability and desire to follow careers as professional mathematicians and logicians in industry or research.

Progression and assessment

The taught component is assessed by coursework, project work and by written examination.  The written exams take place at the end of January (for the first semester course units) and the end of May (for the second semester course units).  The dissertation component is assessed by the quality and competence of the written dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate exist as exit awards for students who do not pass at MSc level.

Course units overview

The taught courses cover material related to the research interests of the academic staff.  Topics covered in lectured course units normally include: set theory, group theory, dynamical systems and ergodic theory, measure theory, functional analysis, algebraic topology, Godel's theorems, hyperbolic geometry, Lie algebras, analytic number theory, Galois theory, predicate logic, computation and complexity, and other topics relevant to current mathematics.


The School of Mathematics is the largest in the UK with an outstanding research reputation and  facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

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