Faculty of Science



  • Full-time MSc (intensive route) - 12 months
  • Full-time MSc (placement route) - 18 months

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: A first or second class undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent. Applicants narrowly missing this requirement may be eligible for a combined offer.



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MSc in Modern Applications of Mathematics

This programme trains you in the methods and techniques to apply mathematics to the real world, with a particular emphasis on problem solving and an exposure to different disciplines and industrial problems.

The programme aims to provide innovative training in interdisciplinary applied mathematics and modern scientific computing. It links mathematics with engineering, biology and other sciences, and gives students direct contact with industry.

It develops an awareness of modern applications of mathematics in an interdisciplinary environment, provides training in mathematical methods, mathematical modelling, scientific computation and other applied techniques, and bridges the gap between theory and applications.

Entry requirements

This course is for you if you have studied units at undergraduate level which cover the basics of: probability and statistics, partial differential equations, numerical methods.

Why study Mathematical Sciences with us?

  • The most recent assessment of the quality of research being done in academic departments across the UK, (RAE 2008), confirms that our research activity is at the forefront of international excellence
  • We have a fully-supported professional placement programme.

What will I learn?

The MSc Modern Applications of Mathematics specialises in interdisciplinary applications of mathematics, notably in industry and mathematical biology. There is the possibility of a six month placement with industry.

The MSc combines a thorough education in core areas of applied mathematics with interdisciplinary training; there is a wide range of interdisciplinary units to choose from, ranging from astrophysics over cryptography to computational chemistry.

The theory elements will be developed in context, with the students doing an applications based project.

The MSc benefits strongly from close interactions with many industrial companies who come to meet the students and to offer projects. Recent project partners have included:

  • BAE systems
  • Airbus
  • the Met Office
  • Schlumberger
  • BT
  • RHM Food Technology
  • QinetiQ
  • Hoare-Lea Acoustics

We offer a six month industrial placement as alternative to a three-month project, both leading to a dissertation.

This placement gives the opportunity to work in a company for an extended period of time and to gain in this way first-hand experience in industrial applications of mathematics. Several companies have funded places on offer.

For further information please visit our department pages.

At a glance

Semester 1

Semester 2


Compulsory Taught Units (12 credits) Compulsory Taught Units (18 to 24 credits) Project
(30 credits)
Advanced numerical computation (6 credits) Applied statistics inference (6 credits) Scientific computing (6 credits) (unless studied as an undergraduate, see optional units below)
Methods for differential equations (6 credits) Case studies in mathematical modelling and industrial mathematics (6 credits) Project scoping (6 credits)
Optional Taught Units Optional Taught Units
See Programme catalogue. See Programme catalogue.

Programme structure

The MSc in Modern Applications of Mathematics is a full-time course that lasts 12 months (16 if the industrial placement option is chosen).

In the full time study programme, the first two semesters provide the students with the theory, methods and applications of mathematics and scientific computing.

The students can refine their studies into areas of specific interest or relevance to their intended career choice through a wide choice of options in mathematics, computing, engineering, physics and biology. Over the summer months June-September the MSc students undertake a substantial individual project proposed by staff members in the mathematics, engineering, computer science or science departments or industrialists.

This allows the student to undertake extensive studies and pursue the latest practical applications, often in an industrial context. This includes the possibility of a six month placement with an industrial partner (for the industrial placement, the project period is June-December).

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to further research in Lausanne, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, and academic posts in Malaysia, Sweden, Germany, Canada, the US and in the UK. Recent employers of Bath graduates include:

  • British Aerospace
  • Network Rail
  • Powergen
  • Barclays Capital
  • BNP Paribas
  • Pfizer
  • AstraZenaca
  • MBDA UK Ltd