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Postgraduate Maths

Maths on a blackboardWith maths, there’s always more to learn. Find out how postgraduate study can take you to the cutting edge – and beyond.

How long is your current course?

As a general rule, three-year courses result in a bachelor’s degree (BA/BSc) and four-year courses result in a master’s degree.

Most PhD programmes require a master’s degree, so if you are doing a three-year course your next stop will probably be a postgraduate master’s course. However, you might be able extend your course instead of taking a separate postgraduate course. If so, you will still be eligible for financial support like tuition fee loans, which are not available to postgraduates.

What is a PhD?

The essential thing to know is that a PhD is based on research rather than just study: you will be finding new results in your chosen area and writing them up into a thesis. For the full story on PhDs, take a look at our guide.


Postgraduate degrees aren’t covered by the loans and grants available for undergraduate degrees. Instead, you’ll have to find other sources of funding for your course. Possible sources of funding include:

Your department should be able to help you find possible sources of funding, and many will have a database of funding opportunities on their website.

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