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MA911 - Probability: Theory & Examples

  • Module code: MA911
  • Module name: Probability: Theory & Examples
  • Department: Mathematics Institute
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The purpose of this module is to provide a rigorous training in probability and stochastic processes for students who plan to specialize in this area or expect probability to feature as a principle tool in their subsequent research. The aim will be to develop problem-solving skills together with a deep understanding of the main ideas and techniques in probability theory via a series of challenging problem sheets.

Principal learning outcomes

Approach and solve challenging problems in probability with confidence and skill; Understand how to apply theoretical tools from probability theory in various applied settings; Have a deep understanding of some of the main ideas and tools in probability theory; Ability to present problem solutions in a transparent manner; Ability to participate in mathematical discussions as a group.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures per week: 1.5 hours; Classwork sessions: 1.5 hour; Module duration: 10 weeks; Total contact hours: 30; Private study and group working: 90

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Other essential notes

Available for MSc Mathematics and Statistics (MASDOC) students

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: MA911-15)
A (Assessed work only) Coursework 50%
  Oral examination 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Mathematics (G1P0) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc) (G1PC) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Interdisciplinary Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc) (G1PD) - Year 2