Term(s): Terms 1-2
Status for Mathematics students: Core for 4th Year G103
Assessment: See below
The fourth-year Project module comes in two flavours:
- MA4K8 Maths-in-Action (MiA-Projects):
Description: A primary purpose of these projects is further development of communication skills in speaking and writing. It is also suitable for students going on to careers (such as 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. The projects involve understanding deeply 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. The 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 mathematical research activity. It will help you to acquire a variety of presentation skills.
Resources: Maths-in-Action Resources page
- 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 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 page
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 by midnight on
(assignments for the Maths-in-Action projects are published on the Maths-in-Action Resources page)
Assessment: The Maths-in-Action Projects are assessed on:
- Scholarly Report and Viva (60% of the module credit).
- Popular Article (10% of the module credit).
- Presentation (20% of the module credit).
- Progress Report (5% of the module credit).
- Peer Assessment (5% of the module credit).
Planned Themes for 2019/20:
Traffic and autonomous driving,
Data and machine learning,
Data, Information and Complexity,
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.
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:
- Find a member of staff willing to supervise you;
- Agree on a theme suited to your mathematical background and interests, and to your supervisor's expertise;
- 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;
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!