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MA395 - Essay

  • Module code: MA395
  • Module name: Essay
  • Department: Mathematics Institute
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The 3rd year essay offers the opportunity of producing an original and personal account of a mathematical topic of your own choice going beyond the scope of existing lecture modules. It will test your ability to understand new mathematical ideas without detailed guidance, to use the library in a resourceful and scholarly way, and to produce a personal account of a piece of maths. The essay should be 6,000-8,000 words in length, and comparable in content to ten lectures from a 3rd year maths module. As a rough guide, you should expect to spend about 100 hours on this option.

Timetabled teaching activities

You have complete freedom to choose your own essay topic, provided that you can find a member of staff willing to supervise it. You should begin looking for a supervisor as soon as possible. It is best to have this arranged by Week 8 of Term 1, and you will need to file this information with the Undergraduate Office by Week 4 of Term 2.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: MA395-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 80%
Assessed Course Work 20%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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