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MA932 - MSc Study Group (36 Cats)

Module convener: Magnus Richardson (Mathematics and SBIDER)

Module Aims

This is a core module for summer MSc research for the MathSys CDT, 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 (2017/18)

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)

  • 12 February 2018 - External partners present study group problems at "Mathematics of Real World Systems" MIRaW day reserved for this purpose. Meeting in B3.02 Maths.
  • 16 February 2018 - Students to rank the proposed problems in order of preference.
  • 19 February 2018 - Allocation of students to study groups based on preferences. Preference will be given to students with higher module marks in the event of conflicting preferences.
    Initial meeting with academic convenors to happen soon after.
  • 7 March 2018 - groups to present short descriptions of their projects at MathSys External Advisory Board Meeting.
    Cancelled due to strike action!
  • 19 March 2018 - Work on projects commences after finish of term 2. Weekly meetings with academic convenor to assess progress.
  • 1 or 2 May 2018 - Groups provide assessed interim reports in the form of poster presentations at the MathSys Annual Retreat.
  • 11 June 2018 - Deadline for submission of final 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 appear on the Module Resources page in due course.

  • 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 file of a journal appropriate for the field of the research. 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.