Entry Requirements and How to Apply

Entry requirements for our MSc Programmes

ProgrammeEntry Requirements
MSc Financial Mathematics and Computation BSc Degree at 2.1 level or above in a numerate subject, or equivalent international qualification
MSc Actuarial Sciences BSc Degree at 2.1 level or above in a numerate subject, or equivalent international qualification
MSc Mathematical Modelling in Biology BSc Degree at 2.2 level or above in a numerate subject, or equivalent international qualification
MSc Applied Computation and Numerical Modelling BSc Degree at 2.2 level or above in a numerate subject, or equivalent international qualification
MSc Data Analysis for Business Intelligence BSc Degree at 2.2 level or above in a numerate subject, or equivalent international qualification
MRes BSc Degree at 2.1 level in a numerate subject

In general, it is expected that a student joining a Mathematics MSc course has a solid background in mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, ordinary differential equations, basics of probability and statistics).

Because applications are treated on an individual basis, alternative qualifications and international equivalents, including relevant work experience, may be considered.

A one-year conversion course is available for those students who do not have sufficient mathematics in their first degree. It is structured to cover key modules in mathematics, statistics and computing which are tailored to the requirements for the MSc. Upon successful completion of the conversion course, the student will be accepted onto the MSc.

English Language Requirements

Applicants educated outside the UK in countries where English is not the first language must provide, before they can be admitted to their chosen degree programme at the University, evidence that they have sufficient command of both spoken and written English. Please visit the University's English language skills webpage to find out if you meet the requirements.

Acceptable evidence (achieved in the two years prior to the commencement of the course) includes:

  • GCSE/O-level English Language at grade C or above
  • An overall score of 6.0 in the British Council IELTS test
  • A score of 80 in the TOEFL internet based test

You will be required to submit originals or certified copies of any certificates and score reports.

The English Language Teaching Unit at the University of Leicester runs a series of pre-sessional English language programmes for international students. They are designed to improve your English in preparation for undertaking a degree in the UK.

When to apply

Our campus-based programmes begin in October of each year, apart from our MRes which also starts in January each year. You can apply at any time before the intake closing date. However, we strongly advise you to apply early in view of the demand for the MSc programmes and the limited number of places.

Applications deadlines for October 2014

  • International applicants: 31st August 2014
  • UK/EU applicants 15th September 2014

How to apply

The University accepts both online and paper applications. By applying online your application will be sent to us immediately cutting down the waiting time for the post and allows you to submit electronic copies of your supporting documents. Once we receive all your supporting material (transcripts, references, etc) we will be able to make a final decision and inform you of the outcome. Apply online now.

Supporting Documents

The required supporting documents are:

  • Two formal references
  • Copy of your degree certificate (if available)
  • Copy of your degree transcript listing the modules taken and the marks received
  • Copies of any other academic certificates
  • Personal statement
  • Proof of English language competency if your first language is not English

If you have applied by post then your supporting documents should be sent in with your completed application form. If you apply online then your supporting documents should be uploaded online as part of your application.

We cannot make a decision on your application without the required supporting documents.

Tuition Fees

For 2014/15 entry fees are:

  • £8,525 for Home/EU students
  • £15,995 for international (overseas) students

Funding Opportunities: For more information on how to fund part of your studies please see our section on funding opportunities. Alternatively visit the  the International Office and Financial Information from the Postgraduate Prospectus Home.

Next Step: request a brochure or an application pack, or apply online

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Contact details

Department of Mathematics
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Tel.: +44 (0)116 252 3917
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3915

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