How the University of Manchester is developing world-class mathematicians and statisticians
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How the University of Manchester is developing world-class mathematicians and statisticians

Countless students head to Manchester each year for a good reason: the city is voted one of the friendliest student cities in the UK. Students set their foot here for an experience of a lifetime — there’s not a moment to lose when it comes to exploring this pioneering and buzzing city. University of Manchester graduate Nicolas Brusby from small-town Doncaster can attest to this. 

“Manchester was an excellent place to live,” he says. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time living there and was sad to be leaving once I had finished my course. It had something for everyone regardless of personal interests.”

The University of Manchester is among the world’s top 2% of universities in the newest QS World University Rankings, beating hundreds of institutions globally. This latest success follows on from Manchester ranking ninth globally out of nearly 1,600 international entrants in the 2022 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings earlier this year. This makes Manchester the only institution in Europe to be consistently named in the top 10 globally for action taken toward the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since the rankings began.  

Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities — a group of institutions known for its top-quality research and teaching — it is little wonder the university kickstarts a lifetime of achievement for many of its graduates 

The university’s Department of Mathematics is just as prolific. It is the home to some of the biggest names of the subject for more than a century, such as Alan Turing and Sydney Goldstein. Today, situated in the purpose-built 43-million pounds Alan Turing Building, more than 1,000 undergraduates, 150 postgraduates and 90 academic staff members are working together to continue this tradition of groundbreaking work.

Stephanie, a mathematics and applied mathematics bachelor’s graduate, pursued the MSc Mathematical Finance at the University of Manchester. “This programme at the University of Manchester has a high world ranking which is an important reason for my choice,” she says. “What’s more, after studying here for one year, I found this is a really worthy programme, since it’s a good combination of Maths and Finance. You can learn not only the key theorems in finance, but also the translation and practical application by mathematical methods, which will make the theorems more impressive and attractive.”

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For those who want to embark on statistical careers in a variety of areas, the one-year MSc Statistics programme — accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is an ideal option. Students can take either the main programme or the associated pathway in Financial Statistics, depending on their interests and career aspirations. The best part? Pursuing this programme develops students into highly sought-after graduates. Not only do they receive a well-rounded education, but enjoy excellent employment prospects due to the shortage of statisticians trained to postgraduate level in the UK too.

At the University of Manchester, no matter which maths programme you choose, you’ll be given the right tools and knowledge to launch a successful career built on a strong maths foundation. Along the way, you’re set for a grand time.

Campus is dominated by grand Victorian and more modern buildings, but has quiet corners, landscaped gardens, cafes and common rooms to relax and create memories with friends. Home to around 40,000 students from 160 countries, this campus feels like a mini multicultural metropolis. You’ll not just meet new people, but make friends for life.

Over at the biggest students’ union in the UK, there’s an activity to suit everyone’s interests and 400 societies offering everything from knitting to scuba diving. The MathSoc is a student-led society arranges a variety of social events for students of the department, while The Actuarial Society aims to enhance and improve members’ understanding of the actuarial industry.

At every step of your journey, support is available. Through Peer Support, more senior students are on hand to support, advise and help with your studies. At this safe space, they share their experience and you can ask questions at any time throughout your year.

Even staff get the utmost support and help from the department. Just ask Professor Françoise Tisseur: “The Department of Mathematics has been very supportive of my research, and I’m proud to be working in one of the biggest and best numerical analysis groups in the world.” Discover how you can be a part of such a supportive and academically-driven community here

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