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Mathematics Project

When you'll study it
Whole Academic Year
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Bernhard Koeck
Academic year

Module overview

This module is compulsory for every Year 3 student of any Mathematical Sciences degree programme. Its main goal is to provide the student with an opportunity to research an area of mathematics that interests them, while strengthening their transferrable skills and supporting them in growing their CV and achievements that will make them more attractive to employers. As to the latter, there will be specific sessions devoted to various topics related to employability, CV preparation, and other aspects of job hunting. The remainder of this module overview is however about the former, the main part of this module.

This module provides an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in an area of mathematical science that excites the student and matches their particular strengths. We will provide support to guide the student through their research and report preparation, while giving them the freedom to explore the subject on their own. Support is provided through plenary lectures and through individual (roughly bi-weekly) supervision meetings. The work may involve directed reading of books or original papers in journals and the provision of examples to illustrate particular aspects of a topic. Some topics may also present the opportunity for students to pursue their own investigations, undertake practical work using the computer or working on a project brief from an industry partner.

In summary, the student will learn how to:

(a) Write up a report on their topic: a preliminary report at the end of Semester 1 leading to feedback and advice followed by a completed final report at the end of Semester 2.

(b) Carry out a literature survey appropriate to their topic and how to use a wide variety of sources in an imaginative way, how to give proper credit to the work of others, and in particular what constitutes and how to avoid plagiarism.

(c) Present their work to a small audience. This is great training for communicating a technical subject succinctly, and a skill a student will definitely use after graduating. There is an opportunity to present their work both at the end of Semester 1 and at the end of Semester 2.