Department of Mathematical Sciences

Masters study

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Maths in the real world

Develop your knowledge with our Masters and Postgraduate Diploma courses. 

We also offer a Graduate Diploma Mathematics which gives you training in basic mathematics techniques if your first degree contained only a modest amount of mathematics. 

All of our Postgraduate Diplomas and most of our Masters courses are full-time. Some of our Masters courses are also offered on a part-time basis.

Our Department operates an open door policy, meaning that members of staff will always endeavour to see you if they are available in their office. This enables you to have ample contact time with your supervisor.

Explore our Masters courses


Why choose us?
  • 89% of our maths students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020)
  • Take the opportunity to work alongside well-published world leaders in their individual specialisms
  • Our specialist facilities give you the chance to gain real-world application in your area of expertise

What we offer

A range of degrees

We offer a range of postgraduate taught degrees, covering areas such as data science, actuarial science, and mathematics.

Many of our degrees include a mixture of compulsory and optional modules, giving you an opportunity to study areas you would like to specialise in. These may be taught in collaboration with other departments such as Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, so you benefit from expertise across the Faculty.

Depending on your course you may also have the opportunity to gain experience of specialist software such as Matlab and Maple.

Our postgraduate community

With our expert academic staff and open door policy, you'll belong to a friendly, collaborative department. We hold regular events throughout the year, such as research seminars with guest speakers, and the Student's Union has an active maths society.

Preparing for your future

There is an increasing demand for people with numerical and analytical skills and experience. During your time with us we will help you develop the skills you need for a rewarding career, whatever the industry.

A postgraduate degree builds on the skills you developed as an undergraduate, helping you stand out to future employers or take the next step towards a research degree.

You'll also be able to benefit from the University's Student Services Hub. Regular events are run throughout the year to help you create your CV, learn more about job interviews, and find out how to start your own business.

COVID-19 and Teaching in Mathematical Sciences

Will COVID-19 change the way my course is taught? 

Our department will be delivering teaching through “blended learning”. Blended learning brings together the best of both worlds. Online learning will be supported by in-person teaching through small seminar groups and support sessions, so you will still be able to ask any questions that were raised during lectures or through your independent studies.

One of the key pieces of work for your MSc is your dissertation. Your dissertation supervisor will normally be your academic tutor, who you will be able to meet via Zoom if you are unable to come on to campus.

What will this mean for my learning experience? 

For the 2020 academic year, we are focusing on ensuring that we are able to deliver a quality education and that your teaching and learning can continue if there is further disruption. That’s why we’ve been working hard to ensure that our students are able to start with us in October – in whatever way possible. Where possible lectures will take place online and face-to-face, while classes and labs will be held online. Much of this teaching will be offered “live” (even if online / virtual) but will also be available to access at times that suit you.

We know that your learning experience is about more than just attending classes, and our campuses can provide you with all you need to make the most of your studies. This includes private space to study, in your on-campus study bedrooms as well as in PC labs and other spaces on our three campuses for self-study. We can also offer you access to laptops on loan and access to our library services; as well as enhanced WiFi provision across our campuses.

Across the wider university, more support will also be offered online from our professional services departments. Teams such as Student Development, and Careers, will be hosting webinars throughout the year, and Essex Library Services are providing access to e-resources, including academic papers you may need for your research.

What happens if the situation changes before I start or during my time at Essex?

We recognise that some students may have difficulty travelling to campus in time to start the academic year.

If for any reason you are unable to travel to campus to start the academic year, all teaching will be available virtually. This means that you can start, or continue, your programme off-campus, wherever you are, with full flexibility to transfer to on-campus learning as soon as you are able to.

All of our modules are designed to support you to continue learning and still be able to access one-to-one consultation and guidance that you would normally get from the lecturers on your course, if further outbreaks of infection occur during the year. This means you can join us in full confidence that you can continue and complete your programme of study. However if you are an overseas student and you aren't able to join us on Campus in the autumn, then you will need to be aware of some immigration changes taking place in January 2021.

There is lots of helpful information about starting at Essex in our guide for applicants should you have any questions, feel uncertain about something in particular, or, would like up to date information on specific topics if your situation changes.

What will my broader student experience in the Department and on campus be like?

We are proud to be a friendly, inclusive department, and we will continue to be as open and accessible as possible. We understand that the social aspect of university is just as important as the education. We have a long tradition of regularly organising social events for our students, and we are working on a range of online and in-person activities that will bring you and your fellow students together throughout the year. 

In addition, we will have peer support and student led activities by our Maths Society and our Actuarial Science Society. We’re really excited about the coming year, and adapting what we do to whatever life throws at us! Every crisis is also an opportunity, and we want to work with you to make your degree, and your time at Essex, as rewarding, exciting and mind-expanding as we know it can be.

We have been working in partnership with our Students’ Union to ensure that you can enjoy our clubs, societies, activities and services. We have built in flexibility to enable you to access support and activities, and to shape your experience around your life.

To learn more about the range of events Essex will be hosting, please visit our events calendar. To stay up to date with the very latest guidance on how to visit your campus, view our coming onto campus guide

How will the University support me during this time? 

The health and wellbeing of our students is our priority, and this has been one of the focuses to ensure students can start on campus – safely – in October.

This means we are constantly monitoring advice from the UK Government, Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Health Organisation.

To protect our community on campus once the academic year starts again in October, we will be looking to introduce the following measures:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sterilising regimes
  • Social distancing in line with international guidance
  • Signage and floor markings in key locations to help you move around our campuses safely

We’re asking you to wear face coverings in all public campus areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain or in specifically designated locations. We’ll be supporting you by giving two washable face coverings to all students.

There is a number of support systems available to you whilst you are at Essex, for whenever you need them and for however long you wish to use them.

These include: 

The University also runs a variety of online events throughout the year including at-home yoga and mindfulness sessions.

To find out more about the network of support you will benefit from during your time at Essex, please visit the Student Directory.

Within our department you will be assigned an Academic Tutor, who will be your key contact point throughout your time with us. If you are concerned about your academic progress, or are worried about managing your deadlines, then you can always talk to them in person or via Zoom.

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