Dissertation - MA960

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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Pre-requisite: MAST7703 Communicating Mathematics





The dissertation represents the culmination of the students work in the programme. It offers the students the opportunity to carry out a piece of extended independent scholarship, and to show their ability to organise and present their ideas in a coherent and convincing fashion. Students will be expected to discuss possible dissertation topics with academic staff members of the Mathematics group within SMSAS in the spring term. An initial supervision will be arranged in the Spring term during which the student and supervisor will discuss the approaches to the topic and draw up a timetable plan which will include some meetings to discuss progress and areas of difficulty. The supervisor will comment on a draft before submission. The topic of the dissertation will depend on the mutual interests of the student and the student's chosen supervisor.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

10 hours of supervision

Method of assessment

100% project

Indicative reading

Texts depend on the individual dissertation topics.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 demonstrate an awareness of the width, depth and wider relevance of an advanced mathematical topic of current interest,
2 carefully consider detailed, rigorous mathematical argument, whether within the context of an established mathematical theory or a substantive application of a mathematical theory,
3 express logical, coherent mathematical thought in an extended piece of work,
4 demonstrate high level technical writing and oral communication skills developed from the Communication in Mathematics module, as well as consolidated skills in problem solving, logical argument, and geometric, algebraic and analytic thinking.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 read and understand advanced technical material independently,
2 plan, implement and complete an extended piece of work to professional level,
3 demonstrate initiative in the development of a line of research, argument and exposition,
4 demonstrate an ability to formulate detailed rigorous argument,
5 communicate in writing the width and depth of their understanding of a substantive body of knowledge,
6 speak on an advanced topic and answer questions on it,
7 apply basic research methods such as writing a literature survey including appropriate selection of materials and their critical evaluation.

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