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MA932 - MSc Study Group (40 CATS)

Module convener: Magnus Richardson (for 2022-2023)

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. Students will learn how to apply the skills and methods they acquired in the MSc taught modules to a research project related to real-world problems. They will undertake research in groups under the guidance of a CDT staff member and an external partner.

Study Group Projects

Projects for 2022-2023

See Module Resources for details of assessments.

Schedule and key dates for 2023

The schedule below is subject to change
  • Wednesday 25 January 12:30-15:30 - Projects Fair in D1.07 and MathSys common room
  • Friday 03 February at 12 noon (UK time) - deadline for students to rank project preferences
  • Week commencing 20 March - work on projects commences after end of term 2
  • Wednesday 3rd May (morning) - assessed poster presentations
  • Monday 05 June at 12 noon (UK time) - deadline to submit written reports (please upload here)


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 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 your 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.

See Module Resources for the assessment forms.

Illustrative Bibliography

Depends entirely on the nature of each research project.