Mathematics PGDip (and degree combinations)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Mode: Full Time

This programme allows students to 'Upgrade to Success'. In other words, you can upgrade a non-standard qualification, or a third class honours degree, to a level equivalent to that of a first or second class honours degree.

Why study this course at Dundee?

The qualification that you gain from this course is a marketable addition to your CV. The skills gained through this course are highly transferable; maths is the backbone of many disciplines along a broad range of categories such as sciences and economics.

The material that is currently in the Mathematics programme covers a wide range of topics including mathematical biology, fluid dynamics, magneto hydrodynamics and numerical analysis and scientific computing as well as core subjects such as analysis and mathematical methods.

Please note that this course does not provide a direct entry route to Masters or PhD programmes at Dundee: applications for these programmes are considered separately.

What is so good about this course?

The Mathematics division at the University of Dundee boasts an enviable staff to student ratio. Teachers are able to get to know students on a personal level, enhancing the support they can provide and improving our students' learning experience.

We also provide 24/7 access to computers dedicated to students studying mathematics to further support you throughout your studies.

Who should study this course?

A candidate for the Diploma must have obtained a university degree or equivalent qualification and have a suitable background in mathematics, normally equivalent to one or two year's study at university.

This is for students who have a grounding in pre-Honours mathematics (but not necessarily obtained as part of a Mathematics degree course), and wish to study a selection of modern and challenging topics in Applied Mathematics at University Honours level.

You will learn by a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops and computer practical classes.

The Graduate Diploma in Mathematics is made up by selecting eight Level 3 or Level 4 modules available in the Division of Mathematics. Each of these consists of 22 lectures and 11 tutorials. The standard of presentation is equivalent to that of an honours degree, and if you have a degree without honours or similar attainment, you may find a Graduate Diploma is a useful way of upgrading your qualifications.

Candidates may take any modules from the pool available, subject to timetable constraints. A total SCOTCAT credit count of 120 credits must be achieved, and since most of the relevant modules are 15 credits each, the normal program of study would consist of eight modules, four taken in each semester.

Coursework (20%) and a written examination (80%).

Mathematics is central to the sciences, and to the development of a prosperous, modern society. The demand for people with mathematical qualifications is considerable, and a degree in mathematics is a highly marketable asset.

Mathematics graduates are consistently amongst those attracting the highest graduate salaries and can choose from an ever-widening range of careers in research, industry, science, engineering, commerce, finance and education.

Many of our graduates enter the financial sector following career paths in accountancy, banking, the stock market and insurance.

Even if you do not take your mathematics any further than university, employers know that mathematics graduates are intelligent, logical problem solvers. With this training behind you, the career options become almost limitless.

Find out more from our Careers Service website.

Year of Entry: 2016

A degree including a Mathematics qualification equivalent to one or two years study at University, depending on the level of delivery.

EU and International students

For entry requirements tailored to your home country visit the Your Country pages.

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.


English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.

Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students £3,000 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £8,633 per year of study

Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Apply online via UKPASS

Course Contact

Professor Gunnar Hornig
Science and Engineering
+44 (0)1382 388315