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MSc in Computational Mathematics

This postgraduate programme aims to provide students with a clear understanding of the main issues in performing and analysing scientific computations.

Accurate and efficient scientific computations lie at the heart of most cross-discipline collaborations. It is key that such computations are performed in a stable, efficient manner and that the numerics converge to the true solutions, dynamics of the physics, chemistry or biology in the problem. We are currently recruiting for entry in September 2009. The programme can be taken full time over 12 months or part-time over a longer period.


  • We can offer reduced fees through a School Scholarship, but we cannot pay living expenses.
    (Form here. Deadline End May.) This will be competitive so we would be looking for excellent qualifications. Other funding is also available for Scottish and EU students eg through SAAS.

    Click here for details of studentships and fees.


    The MSc Programme

    The programme closely follows the structure of our Applied Mathematical Sciences MSc. During the first two semesters, students will take a combination of mandatory and optional courses. These will develop material to study computational methods (such as numerical PDEs, convergence etc) and to apply them in practical situations. Other courses provide complementary skills in applied mathematics, mathemtical biology, modelling, statistics and scientific computing.

    We offer weekly technical English language support if your first language is not English.

    Porescale simulation of a two component flow using a Cahn-Hilliard-Stokes model

    This programme will equip students with the skill to perform efficient accurate computer simulations in a wide variety of applied mathematics, physics, chemical and industrial problems.

    The schedule, complete with information on all of the mandatory and optional courses, can be found here.

    The final part of the MSc is an extended project in computatinal mathematics , giving the opportunity to investigate a topic in some depth guided by leading research academics from our 5-rated mathematics and statistics groups.

    The following list is intended to provide a flavour of the types of projects that may be available (click on the project titles for more details).

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  • Contaminents, Oil and Water: two phase flow and uncertainty.
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  • Simulation of granular flow and growing sandpiles.


    For more details of any aspect of the MSc/Diploma Programme, please contact us.