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Mathematics (by Research) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Mathematics (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The MSc by research is a one year degree (if taken full-time). It involves writing a Master's thesis under the supervision of a member of academic staff on a topic to be agreed between the supervisor and the student. Submission is required no more than three months after the end of registration, although submission before the end of registration is encouraged where possible. The MSc by research is assessed wholly on the basis of the thesis although the course may include an individually tailored element of taught courses to be taken in the early stage of the year. Work on the thesis is guided by regular meetings between student and supervisor and monitored by two meetings of the student's Thesis Advisory Panel, usually to be held in November and March (for October starts). The thesis must contain a substantial piece of research which includes some original work. This could include new ideas, or original commentary on (or amplification of) material which is currently considered to be at the forefront of mathematical knowledge. The thesis is to be examined by one internal examiner (who should not be the supervisor) and one external examiner, the appointment of which must follow the usual practice for MPhil and PhD examiners. The candidate will be required to give an internal seminar, to be attended by the internal examiner. This is part of the process of verifying that the thesis is the candidate's own work. A viva will not usually be required, but examiners may insist on one at their discretion. Each examiner produces an independent report and makes a recommendation either for the award (perhaps subject to minor corrections) or against the award (sometimes with a referral for resubmission after more substantial corrections).

Different course options

Full time | University of York | 1 year | JAN

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for admission to graduate research degrees in Mathematics should have or expect to have a good honours degree (equivalent of 2.i or higher) in Mathematics, or a good honours degree in which Mathematics has formed a substantial part of the course.