Study a graduate program in mathematics
What will I study in a graduate mathematics program?
A graduate degree in Mathematics will help you open the door to a diverse range of careers from accountancy to computing.
Mathematics programs are commonly divided into two types:
- Pure – a more abstract form of mathematics.
- Applied – where maths skills and knowledge is applied to specific sectors.
On a postgraduate mathematics program you will be expected to have a good knowledge of mathematical skills and theories. A graduate program in mathematics will expand on this knowledge and allow you to specialise in a particular field.
As part of a mathematics program you may use statistics to design and conduct experimental and observational studies and analyse the data coming from them. The analytical part of a mathematics course will ask you to apply theoretical knowledge to problem-solving to develop and evaluate logical arguments.
Length of program
The length of a mathematics graduate program depends on where you study. Masters programs last the following duration in each country:
- UK – One year full time/two year part time
- US – 1-3 years
- China – 2-3 years
- Canada – 1-2 years
Strong knowledge of mathematical theories and practices are essential if you want to study a mathematics graduate program. Because of this, you are generally expected to have an undergraduate degree that featured mathematics as a core subject.
Specific entry requirements for individual courses vary from country to country and even between different universities.
If you choose to study somewhere with a different first language from your own, you may have to take a language test before you are admitted.
There are a lot of possible careers that can come from studying a postgraduate mathematics degree.
Business and finance are key areas that people with mathematics degrees can work in with the skills learned being essential for many roles in these industries including accountant, investment banker, tax officer and financial risk analyst to name a few. Career progression for people with a postgraduate-level knowledge can be fast and successful.
The range of other careers postgraduate mathematics can move into is large from teaching and computing to risk management and retail.
Fees and funding
The cost of mathematics graduate programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:
- UK - £4,500 - £17,000
- USA - $5,000 - $30,000
- Germany €2,000 - €5,000
- Canada - $4,000-8,000
- China – RMB 21,000-24,000
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