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The fourth-year Project module comes in two flavours:

  • MA4K8 Maths-in-Action (MiA-Projects):
    Description: This module is suitable for students going on to careers (such as in data analysis or quantitative analysis in finance) in which developing mathematics will be a vital skill as well as students intending to pursue further mathematical studies and research. A primary purpose of these projects is further development of communication skills in speaking and writing. The projects involve a deeper understanding of how mathematics underpins a particular topic in the modern world and then communicating this understanding in the form of a presentation, a written popular science article, and a written scholarly report at the MMath level. Your Maths-in-Action projects will show how some of the mathematics you have learnt at Warwick affects contemporary life and technology.
    Aims: The broad aims are: to develop your ability to communicate mathematics to diverse audiences and to give you a deeper appreciation of how mathematics underpins the modern world. Doing a Maths-in-Action project will teach you the art of scholarship and is also an opportunity to engage in your own mathematical research activity. It will help you to acquire a variety of presentation skills.
    Resources: Maths-in-Action Resources pageLink opens in a new window
    Moodle page: https://moodle.warwick.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=52270Link opens in a new window
  • MA4K9 Research (R-Projects):
    Description:
    These projects are valuable for students intending to pursue further mathematical studies such as research degrees. It is also suitable for students going on to careers (such as in data analysis or quantitative analysis in finance) in which developing mathematics will be a vital skill. Finally, it is for anyone wishing to experience the joy of mathematical study at the frontiers of research.
    Aims: The primary aim of the Research Project is to give you experience of mathematics as it is pursued close to the frontiers of research, not just as a spectator sport but as an engaging, evolving activity in which you yourself can play a part.
    Resources: R-Projects Resource pageLink opens in a new window 
    Moodle page: https://moodle.warwick.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=52271Link opens in a new window

IMPORTANT: Please note the Important Dates sections below for the R-Projects and the MiA Projects. Deadlines must be strictly adhered to!

It is your responsibility to make sure you are registered for the correct version of the project on eMR!

In addition, all MMath students must register their project choice on Moodle by 23:59 on
Sunday, 30 October 2022.

Registration will open on Saturday, 01 October 2022

MATHS-in-ACTION PROJECTS

Assessment: The Maths-in-Action Projects are assessed on:

  • Scholarly Report (60% of the module credit).
  • Popular Article (20% of the module credit).
  • Poster and Presentation (15% of the module credit).
  • Progress Report (5% of the module credit).

Themes for 2022/23:

Algebra and Topology in Biology,
Climate,
Collective dynamics,
Data, Information and Complexity,
Epidemiology,
Geometry in nature and data,
Inverse problems,
Machine learning,
Opinion dynamics,
Quantum computing,
Traffic and autonomous driving.

It is important that you spend some time exploring each theme before making your choices. Past experience shows that rushing into a choice based on title alone is a bad idea.

    MiA Project Important Dates: The submission deadlines below are strict and marks will be deducted for late submissions!
    Further information about various submissions and meetings (including possibly additional open meetings) will be posted on the News Items on the Maths-in-Action Resources page. You should check it regularly.

    • Introduction: Week 1. The organiser will give a brief overview of the MMaths projects, as part of the options fair or in a separate (virtual) meetup.
    • Short open meeting for general discussion, and Q & A: 2:00 pm Wednesday, 19 October, 2022 (Week 3).
    • Registration: You must register your choice of theme on Moodle by Sunday, 30 October 2022 (the end of Week 4). Note, this is not the same as module registration.
    • Meeting to discuss Progress Reports and other issues: 2:00 pm Wednesday, 7 December, 2022 (Week 10).
    • Progress Report: You must submit the Progress Report via MoodleLink opens in a new window by 12 noon on Tuesday 17 January (Week 2), 2023.
    • Meeting to provide feedback and to answer further questions: 2:00 pm Wednesday, 25 January 2023 (Week 3).
    • Submission of Poster/Presentation: You must submit an electronic copy (pdf format!) of your poster and presentation via MoodleLink opens in a new window by 12 noon on Friday, 17 February, 2023 (Week 6). This deadline is the same for every student, regardless of your presentation session.
    • Presentations: Presentations will take place on Wednesday afternoons in Term 2, provisionally in weeks 7, 8, 9 and 10. Every student has to participate in each day. Further details can be found on the resources page.
    • Submission of Scholarly Reports and Popular Article: You must submit one electronic copy (as pdf) of the Scholarly Report and the Popular Article on MoodleLink opens in a new window by 3pm on Tuesday, 4 April, 2023.
      Please contact the Undergraduate Office ugmaths@warwick.ac.uk for any questions concerning the submission procedure.

    RESEARCH PROJECTS

    Assessment: The Research Projects are assessed on the basis of

    • A short progress report in Term 2 (5% of the module credit)
    • A written dissertation (80% of the module credit)
    • An oral presentation and defence of dissertation (15% of the module credit)

    Themes and supervision: The R-Project can be any area of mathematics offered by permanent staff. Before you register for a Research Project, you must first take the following steps:

    1. Find a member of staff willing to supervise you;
    2. Agree on a theme suited to your mathematical background and interests, and to your supervisor's expertise;
    3. Negotiate a title and brief for your project, and discuss its aims and objectives. It is normal for this to need renegotiating as the project evolves and final titles sometimes differ from the title originally registered;

      A list of the Research project themes offered by staff members can be found here. It might also be useful to look at the research interests of permanent staff.

      If you have your own ideas about a theme for an R-project, feel free to ask any permanent member of staff whether they would be willing to be your supervisor, but remember, staff are under no obligation to supervise an R-project, and are, in any case, discouraged from supervising more than two a year.

      Research Project Important Dates: The dates below are strict and marks will be deducted for late submissions!
      • Introduction: Week 1,. The organiser will give a brief overview of the MMaths projects, as part of the options fair or in a separate (virtual) meetup.
      • Registration: You must register your project by Sunday, 30 October 2022 (the end of Week 4). Note, this is not the same as module registration. Rather, this activity is registering the project title and supervisor on MoodleLink opens in a new window.
      • Progress Report: You must submit the Progress Report via MoodleLink opens in a new window by 12 noon on Tuesday 17 January (Week 2), 2023. Note, this form will be reviewed by your supervisor, so you need to begin discussing the report before the deadline, preferably by the end of Term 1.
      • Oral examination: Oral examinations will happen at the beginning of term 3. It is the student's responsibility to organise a date and venue with first and second markers, either virtually or face-to-face, to be agreed by those involved.