Frequently Asked Questions

Postgraduate Courses (on campus)

How and when do I apply?

Our campus-based postgraduate taught programmes begin in October each year and we advise applicants to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The easiest way to apply is online. Our distance learning course has an October and May intake each year.

What is the duration of the MSc courses?

Our campus-based MSc courses last 12 months, this usually comprises of two semesters of taught modules (October - May), followed by a research component. Our MSc Actuarial Sciences course continutes with taught modules throughout the year.  Information for our Distance Learning course is different.

How will I be taught?

On our taught MSc programmes, modules vary in their teaching methods but typically involve lectures, problem classes and computer classes and e-learning activities. Our distance learning coutse utilises our virtual learning environment - Blackboard - to provide your teaching which includes problem sheets, discusssion forums, podcasts, and electronic tutorials.

How will I be assessed?

Each of our MSc courses includes a variety of assessment methods, details of which can be found on the individual programme pages of our website.  For those courses with a research project you must complete an independent piece of research and present your findings to staff and colleagues at the end of your course.

How will I be supported?

The University’s support services are designed to be here for you and to help you develop the skills to live and work independently and successfully. The Student Support and Development Service assists students in all aspects university life, providing expert confidential advice on a range of issues. All MSc students are allocated a Personal Tutor within the Department of Mathematics who will be able to provide help and support on academic and general welfare issues.

Are there any scholarships available?

The department has a small number of competitive scholarships for students who obtain first class degrees, applicants are assessed for these upon submitting an applicaiton for a course and will be informed as part of the offer process. In addition the department offers the Will Light Scholarship worth £3000 to one UK student each year. Visit our funding page for further information.

How many hours of teaching will there be a week?

This varies with depending on the programme and your module selections but on average it is between 16 and 20 hours a week consisting of 10-12 hours of lectures and 4-10 hours of problem classes and computer classes.

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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
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