The 2004 International Review of UK Research in Mathematics noted that "New PhDs from the UK usually have less breadth and experience than their peers from other countries."
In response in 2006 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) issued a call and funded six taught course centres for the Mathematical Sciences, which all began operations in October 2007.
EPSRC provided follow-on funding to all six centres until September 2016. In common with other taught course centres, SMSTC is now funded by its member departments.
The other five centres are: