Congratulations on receiving an offer for the MathSys programme! We hope that you will be joining us in September. In the meantime we have compiled some information and web links which you may find useful.
I have received an offer for the course - what happens next?
Your offer for a place on the programme may be unconditional or it may still have conditions attached which need to be fulfilled before your offer is confirmed as unconditional. Your offer is issued by the the Postgraduate Admissions Service and once you are in receipt of an offer you will need to liaise with them regarding all aspects of the admissions process. Useful information and links can be found here.
In addition to your offer of a place on the MathSys programme you may have been offered a CDT studentship if you meet the eligibility and selection criteria. These can be located here. If this is the case, you will have received a separate letter from our Admissions Tutor setting out the details of the offer of funding and a timescale for acceptance of the offer.
I now hold an unconditional offer for the MathSys programme, what are the next steps?
The Postgraduate Admissions Service will send you communications via e-mail and you will be able to access the offer-holders portal for further information too, for example, guidance on applying for university accommodation, on-line enrolment prior to arrival and immigration requirements, if appropriate.
Where can I find guidance on enrolment and practical information?
We would suggest you look at the University's Welcome pages where you can find a step-by-step guide to enrolment and a downloadable welcome guide for postgraduate study. If you are an international student there is also a separate guide with additional pertinent information.
Where can I find guidance on academic preparation for the MSc in Mathematics of Systems?
You will already have looked at the course structure prior to applying and may wish to revisit these pages in advance of starting on the programme. The four mandatory taught core modules - MA930, MA933, MA934 and MA998 are taught in Term 1 each year and will not vary significantly from year to year. On each of the module pages you can access the module resources such as the syllabus, reading lists and notes. You may wish to look at these resources if you would like to do some reading in advance of starting on the course. We will also contact you in the summer with some general background reading recommendations.
In term 2 you will take optional modules and do not need to make these choices until several weeks after arriving on-campus when you will have had the opportunity of discussions with the MSc Coordinator and your personal tutor. The availability of optional modules varies from year to year so, although the current listing of optional modules is a good indicator of the types of module available, many are run by other departments and we cannot guarantee that they will be available every year.
If you wish to look ahead to the research elements of the MSc - MA932 the group project and MA931 the individual project - there is ample information on the range of projects offered in previous years. Please refer to the module pages.
What about other MathSys activities?
Again, our website is a great source of information for everything else which takes place in MathSys and its host Centres of Complexity Science and SBIDER, for example lunchtime forums, workshops and training opportunities. Each year we hold an Annual Retreat and details of this and other events and news can be found here. For a less formal view please access our twitter feed via the icon below.
When do I need to arrive at the University?
Your course start date is the Monday of the week before the University's academic year commences - 'week zero'. We schedule a week of welcome and induction activities including events and sessions such as the Director's Welcome, a series of Introduction to Computing sessions, a chance to hear the graduating MSc year group's project presentations and an introduction to some of our external partners. Alongside events at MathSys, central university runs a selection of welcome events and you may wish to participate in the evening activities, except for on Friday when we will have our own student-organised welcome party! The full welcome week schedule will be finalised in the summer months and sent to you. In the meantime, last year's schedule is here.
If I have questions about MathSys who can I contact?
In the first instance please address questions to the Programme Administrator via the e-mail resource account: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 024 765 23673. She will either respond or forward your query to another appropriate member of the team. If you have queries best answered by current students she can put you in contact with existing MSc and PhD students. You can also contact students directly via their webpage details if you wish.
We very much hope that this information is helpful and look forward to welcoming you to Warwick!