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MA932 - MSc Study Group (40 Cats)

Module convener: Colm Connaughton

Module Aims

This is a core module for the MathSys CDT, in which students work in groups on research projects provided by external partners of the Centre. This module relies on knowledge gained in core MathSys MSc taught modules preparing students for research collaborations and teamwork skills. The students will learn how to apply the skills and methods they acquired in the MSc taught programme on a research project related to real-world problems. They will undertake research in groups under the guidance of a CDT core staff member and an external partner.

Study group topics

See Module Resources for details of the individual projects and assessment forms.

Schedule and key dates

(see also main calendar for up to date deadlines)

  • 03 February 2020 - External partners present study group problems at the MathSys RSG workshop meeting starting at 12:30 in D1.07, Centre for Complexity Science.
  • 06 February 2020 - deadline for students to rank the proposed projects in order of their preference.
  • 10 February 2020 - allocation of students to study groups based on preferences. In the event of conflicting preferences, priority will be given to students with higher module marks.

    Initial meetings with academic convenors to happen soon after.
  • Week commencing 16 March 2020 - work on projects commences after finish of term 2. Groups have weekly meetings with academic convenors to assess progress.
  • Week commencing 27 April 2020 - groups provide assessed interim reports in the form of poster presentations at the MathSys Annual Retreat.
  • Noon on Monday 08 June 2020 - deadline for submission of final written reports.

Illustrative Bibliography

Depends entirely on the nature of each research project.


Assessment of the RSGs will be primarily group based and will include teamworking skills as part of the assessment criteria. Details of assessment criteria will be updated regularly on the Module Resources page.

  • Participation and contribution to overall execution of project (individual assessment): 25% + pass/fail hurdle.
  • Poster presentation (group assessment): 25%
  • Written report (group assessment): 50%
    Regarding the formatting and structure, the report should be written as a journal article using the style/template of a journal appropriate for the field of the research, which you should agree on with the academic convenor of the group. If the journal you selected has a page limit, it can be ignored but the report should not exceed 8000 words (common sense should be used if there are a lot of equations).
    Regarding content, the report should be understandable by your fellow students, so the introduction and literature review could be a bit more detailed than in a research paper.