Short Dissertation (Mathematics) - MA974

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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7 30 (15)







The short dissertation represents the culmination of the student's academic work in the programme. It offers 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.
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


Method of assessment

Dissertation (80%) together with a short presentation and viva (20%).

Indicative reading

Texts depend on the individual dissertation topics.

Learning outcomes

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

1. will be aware of the width, depth and wider relevance of an advanced mathematical topic of current interest,
2. will have developed an ability to carefully consider detailed, rigorous mathematical argument, whether within the context of an established mathematical theory or a substantive application of a mathematical theory,
3. will have developed their ability to express logical, coherent mathematical thought in an extended piece of work,
4. will have improved their technical writing and oral communication skills gained in the Mathematical Inquiry and Communication module, as well as consolidated their 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. will have enhanced their ability to plan, implement and complete an extended piece of work to professional level,
3. will have demonstrated initiative in the development of a line of research, argument and exposition,
4. will have demonstrated an ability to formulate detailed rigorous argument,
5. will have communicated in writing the width and depth of their understanding of a substantive body of knowledge,
6. will be able to speak on an advanced topic and answer questions on it and
7. will have developed an ability in basic research methods such as writing a literature survey including appropriate selection of materials and their critical evaluation.

Students successfully completing the module will have acquired and demonstrated a level of intellectual stamina that would enable them to enjoy independent continuing professional development in a mathematical sciences based career.

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