Faculty of Science

MSc Modern Applications of Mathematics

Train in the methods and techniques needed to apply mathematics to the real world. Gain exposure to different disciplines and industries.

Why Modern Applications of Mathematics at Bath

  • Benefit from taking an interdisciplinary approach to mathematics, learning how to apply your knowledge to a range of industries
  • Shape your studies with a diverse range of optional units covering a number of specialisms
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a six month work placement, gaining valuable experience for your future career
  • Ideal for students who have studied units in probability and statistics, partial differential equations and numerical methods at undergraduate level

What you’ll learn

You’ll study interdisciplinary applied mathematics and modern scientific computing, with an emphasis on problem solving. You will gain an understanding of different disciplines and industrial problems. The course links mathematics with engineering, biology and other sciences, and gives students direct contact with industry.

You will develop an awareness of modern applications of mathematics in an interdisciplinary environment. You will get professional level training in mathematical methods, mathematical modelling, scientific computation and other applied techniques, combining both theory and applications.

The course specialises in interdisciplinary applications of mathematics, notably in industry and mathematical biology. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide scope of interdisciplinary units, ranging from astrophysics over cryptography to computational chemistry.

You will benefit from the close interactions that the department has with many industrial companies, who come and work with students on projects. Recent project partners have included organisations such as BAE Systems, SERCO, BT and Hoare-Lea Acoustics. 

Course structure

The first two semesters provide students with the theory, methods and applications of mathematics and scientific computing. In semester one, you will study three compulsory units:

  • Advanced numerical computation
  • Methods for different equations
  • Mathematical methods 1

In semester two, you will study two or three compulsory units. Compulsory units include:

  • Case studies in mathematical modelling and industrial mathematics
  • Project scoping

You will also study Scientific computing as a compulsory unit, unless you have studied this unit or equivalent at undergraduate level, or you are following the mathematical biology stream.

You will then choose optional units that will make up a total of 24 credits in semesters one and two. For a full list of the unit options available and for more information about the compulsory units, please see our Programme and Unit Catalogue.

In the third semester, you have the option of taking a substantial dissertation project, or undertaking a six month work placement with an industrial partner. The placement route offers a chance to experience first-hand how mathematics can be applied in industry.

Please note, units can vary between academic years. Please refer to the Programme and Unit Catalogue for the most up to date course information.

Your career

Our graduates have gone on to further research in Lausanne, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, and have taken up academic posts in Malaysia, Sweden, Germany, Canada, US and the UK.

Recent employers of Bath graduates include British Aerospace, Network Rail, Pfizer, Barclays Capital and Powergen.


You can apply using our online application form. Read more about how to apply before you start your application. 

Entry requirements: A first or second class undergraduate degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject is required.

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.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components) or equivalent. If you have not met our English language requirements, you may be eligible for a combined offer.

Contact the admissions team if you have any questions about your application.

Fees and funding

For current information about course fees, please see our tuition fees pages for more information.

There are a number of funding options available, including student loans and scholarships. Please see our funding pages for details.