Oxford's M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing aims to train graduates with a strong mathematical background to develop and apply their skills to the solution of real problems. By the end of the course students should be able to formulate a well posed problem in mathematical terms from a possibly sketchy verbal description, carry out appropriate mathematical analysis, select or develop an appropriate numerical method, write a computer program which gives sensible answers to the problem, and present and interpret these results for a possible client. Particular emphasis is placed on the need for all these parts in the problem solving process, and on the fact that they frequently interact and cannot be carried out sequentially.
The course consists of core lecture courses assessed by written examination, further lecture courses assessed by written report (of which students choose three from a list of about 20), group work in case studies also assessed by written report, and a dissertation which students work on for about four months. More information about the course, including links to the course synopses, can be found on the current students' course webpage.
Applications for the M.Sc. should be made via the University's online graduate admissions form which you can link to from the University page about the M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing (click on the "How to apply" tab and then on the blue "apply" button at the bottom of the page). Prospective applicants are also encouraged to read the graduate application guide before applying.
The University page about the M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing provides information about deadlines for application to the course, the selection criteria, the fees for the course and the colleges which accept students on the course. Students whose native language is not English or whose first language is English but are not nationals of the UK, Ireland or a majority English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency at the higher level or to request an English language test waiver. For more details see the University page about English language proficiency.
Enquiries about the course should be directed to the Course Director, Dr Kathryn Gillow, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oxford is a Collegiate University, in which every student of the University must also be a member of a college. For our M.Sc. students, a college typically provides subsidised accommodation and meals, library and computing facilities as well as sports equipment and a social centre, with a graduate common room, bar etc, but all teaching takes place within the Mathematical Institute. On the Graduate Application Form you may specify one choice of college or alternatively you may specify no college preference and an initial college will be allocated automatically. If you specify no college preference the initial college allocation will be made centrally in the university and will be a random choice from the colleges still accepting applications. In either case, please note that college places for taught M.Sc. courses are in short supply, and there is no guarantee that you will be accepted by your initial choice of college, however, we will approach further colleges on your behalf. To maximise your chances of obtaining a place at the college of your choice, we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible.
Fees and Funding
A new government loan scheme for postgraduate students on Masters degrees in the UK was introduced at the beginning of the academic year 2016-17. The amount you may borrow depends on which of the devolved nations you are ordinarily resident in, but for students in England these have a value of approximately £11,000 payable in three installments during the year. More information can be found on the on the University UK master's loans page, on the Prospects website at funding postgraduate study or on the FindAMasters website at New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme.
Funding is also available from the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. The scholarships provide living expenses as well as College and University fees and are available to UK applicants who are Muslim and also to people who are nationals of certain developing countries in Asia and Africa. Applicants should state why the course of study is of relevance to the Muslim world and apply by application deadline 2. For more details see The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies scholarships profile.
The usual background is a good undergraduate degree (for UK applicants this means a strong 2.1 or higher) in a subject with significant mathematical content.
A reasonable level of competency in mathematical analysis and linear algebra is required for this course. The speed at which the course proceeds does not allow any time to catch up on basic material. A detailed list of the minimally required basic knowledge is given in prerequisites.
Postgraduate Open Day
If you want to come and find out more about the course in person there is a postgraduate open day held each year and we expect this to take place online in November 2020. Additionally, the Mathematical Institute has a Virtual Open Day for its taught masters courses. The video was created for the 2018-2019 intake, but is still informative for prospective students of the course.