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MRes Applied Mathematics

Most things in the real world are complex, from biological systems to the financial markets to industrial processes, but explaining them is essential to making progress. This Applied Mathematics MRes from University of Birmingham will equip you with the tools to understand many of these systems.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £20,340 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

This programme involves both taught classes in Applied Mathematics and a substantial MRes thesis which accounts for almost two-thirds of the total degree.

The MRes is an ideal preparation for entry into a PhD programme. Indeed, the MRes programme can be used as the first phase of our fast track PhD programme. This is an excellent option for well-qualified mathematics students who do not have all the necessary mathematical background to start immediately on a PhD in their area of choice. In the fast track programme the MRes thesis is extended over a further period of two years into a PhD thesis.

You will be assigned a project supervisor who will act as director and mentor in the preparation of the MRes thesis. This gives each student the opportunity to work one-to-one with mathematicians who are international experts in their fields.

In addition to the assessed elements of the course, students are expected to play a full part in the research life of the School. The School has an active seminar programme, and organises international conferences in all areas of mathematics.

A regular programme of seminars and conferences takes place within the School in a wide range of subjects. Currently thriving at Birmingham are the following research groups:

  • Applied Mathematics: applied analysis, mathematical biology, fluid mechanics, hydrogen energy, fuel cells and their applications, numerical analysis and scientific computation
  • Pure Mathematics: algebra, analysis, combinatorics and logic
  • Theoretical and Computational Optimization: mathematical theory and methods applicable to managerial decision-making
  • Statistics: time series analysis, multivariate statistics, kernel and wavelet based nonparametric smoothing methods, econometrics and medical statistics

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


This Applied Mathematics programme from University of Birmingham gives comprehensive training in mathematics and areas appropriate to professional development and research foundations. The MRes is an ideal preparation for entry into the PhD programme at Birmingham. In fact, the MRes programme can be used as the first phase of our ‘Fast-track’ PhD programme.


  • A 2:1 Honours degree in a Mathematics-related subject

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