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MA916 - Research Study Groups

  • Module code: MA916
  • Module name: Research Study Groups
  • Department: Mathematics Institute
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Modern interdisciplinary research requires the ability to understand and interpret work of a mathematical and statistical nature that is expressed in an unfamiliar specialist language, to glean from that work the important mathematical and statistical problems and directions of research, to formulate tractable problems and to collaborate in a research team with complementary skills in order to tackle the problems. A key part of the MSc training is this innovative module aimed at preparing students for such research collaborations and teamwork and at training in skills that cannot be taught in a traditional classroom environment.

Principal learning outcomes

In a first stage, the students will learn how to capture and formulate mathematical or statistical problems from applications. In a second stage, the students will take over a proposal from other students and solve the problems. Both stages involve team work which includes training in: project planning, identifying and distributing the work-load; communication skills, internal (within the group) as well as external (presentations); formulation of problems and including them into written reports; preparation of posters and creating web-pages to present results.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: MA916-30)
A1 (Assessed work only) Presentation and Written Work 45%
  Presentation, Report, Web page & Poster 55%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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