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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 for 2021

Updated 29/01/21: the schedule below is subject to change

  • Monday 1st February from 2pm - RSG virtual workshop
  • Thursday 4th February (noon) - deadline for students to rank project preferences
  • By Monday 8th February (noon) - allocation of students to groups
    • Initial meetings with academic convenors to happen soon after
  • Week commencing 22 March - work on projects commences after finish of term 2
  • Week commencing 27 April - assessed poster presentations at Annual Conference
  • Monday 7th June (noon) - deadline for 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.