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MScDiscrete Mathematics and its Applications

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,500 per year
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Discrete mathematics underlies some vital situations in practical life.

Game theory, with roots in mathematics, statistics and economics, is routinely applied to understanding and predicting human behaviour. Problems of protection of digital information against piracy are closely related to aspects of set systems. And the RSA cryptosystem, used on computers all over the world, depends on classical results of number theory.

Our MSc Discrete Mathematics and its Applications covers many aspects of discrete mathematics and their potential use in practice, and provides you with options in:

- Optimisation
- Machine learning
- Data mining
- Statistics

Our interdisciplinary research recognises that mathematics, including what can be very abstract mathematics, is an essential part of research in many other disciplines.

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in many areas including semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Programme structure

Year 1

Research Methods
Combinatorial Optimisation
Cryptography and Codes
Graph Theory
Mathematical Research Techniques Using Matlab
Stochastic Processes
Applied Statistics (optional)
Bayesian Computational Statistics (optional)
Constraint Satisfaction for Decision Making (optional)
Evolutionary Computation and Genetic Programming (optional)
Game Theory and Applications (optional)
Machine Learning and Data Mining (optional)
Mathematics of Portfolios (optional)
Modelling Experimental Data (optional)
Nonlinear Programming (optional)
Linear Models (optional)
Partial Differential Equations (optional)
Modelling Experimental Data (optional)
Metric Spaces (optional)

Career opportunities

Our graduates are highly sought after by a range of employers and find employment in financial services, scientific computation, decision making support and government, risk assessment, statistics, education and other sectors.

We also offer supervision for PhD, MPhil and MSc by Dissertation. We have an international reputation in many areas such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology, and our staff are strongly committed to research and to the promotion of graduate activities.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States