MSc by Research: Computational Mathematics and Systems Analytics

Shabnam Bibi

Aston has provided me with some excellent career opportunities, and given me a foundation for future employment”

Shabnam Bibi 
MRes in Mathematics of Complex Systems

Entry requirements

2:2 UK (Hons) Degree (or equivalent) 

Aston MSc Mathematics graduates hold high profile positions in academic and industry, including Head of Research and Senior Engineering Manager.

Opportunity to forge links with industry though projects in collaboration with industrial partners
Projects can be undertaken within the newly launched Systems Analytics Research Institute, or the Non-linearity and Complexity Research Group
The programme has been designed to meet the demand for mathematically skilled experts in the modelling and analysis of complex phenomena both in the academic and industrial area
Select your project from a wide range of subjects to suit your interests

Duration of programme:
Full Time:
1 year full-time: three months taught modules on campus and a nine month individual project.
Part Time:
2 years

Start date:
Intake: Up to 10 per year for UK/EU students and 15 per year for international students

Subject Requirements:
Applicants must achieve a minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree in a numerate science from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. The Programme Director may conduct an interview in person or by telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 


EU (home) rate £4,121
£2,060 Part-time

Non-EU £15,850
£7,925 part time


It is intended that we will award part-bursaries a competitive basis. Full details to follow.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Who is this course aimed at?
Aspiring research scientists and budding IT professionals who wish to rely on mathematical and numerical skills to further their career goals in academia or industry.

Module Guide
The programme consists of a taught component comprising 3 modules over 3 months (30 credits), with one specifically tailored according to the research project. There is also a substantial individual research project lasting 9 months (150 credits), and the opportunity to extend into a PhD degree.

Core Modules

  • One from: Computational Mathematics; Mathematics, Algorithms & Computational Methods; Introduction to Methods of Statistical Physics; Statistical Pattern Analysis & Probabilistic Modelling (10 credits)
  • Research skills and Professional Development (10 credits)
  • Specialist/Technical Research Skills (10 credits)


Select a project from a wide range of subjects, including: Bayesian Inference, Complex Networks, Finance, Fluids, Inverse Problems, Non-Linear Dynamical Systems, Pattern Analysis, Probabilistic Models, Statistical Physics, Stochastic Differential Equations and Systems Biology.

Students will have the opportunity to carry out a research project in collaboration with industry and through this learn about the application context of technology and the interaction between research and business.

There is a recently launched research institute SARI (Systems Analytics Research Institute), within Mathematics and Computer Science, see here for more info.

Aston University offers Wi-Fi connection, modern lecture/tutorial rooms, computer labs, lounge area, good learning resources and publications are available in the library and many electronically.

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here.  If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

Programme Director: Dr Sudhir Jain

Staff: Mathematics, Computer Science

Click on the Apply now button below. In the Apply Online enter the following information:

a.       Select University School – Engineering & Applied Science

b.      Entry Month – September (There is only one intake for this course)

c.       Attendance Type – Full Time

d.      Degree Type – Postgraduate Research

e.      Degree Programme – Master of Science By Research (Full Time September 2016)

Once you have entered this information then select Apply for selected Degree Programme


Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer

T: +44 (0)121 204 3500
E: seasres@aston.ac.uk

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