Dissertation for MMath Mathematics - MAST7020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 45 (22.5) Ian Wood checkmark-circle


The module offers students the opportunity to work independently, under limited supervision, on an area of mathematics of their choice. There is no specific mathematical syllabus for this module. The topic of the dissertation will depend on the mutual interests of the student and the student's chosen supervisor. The coursework will consist of writing a dissertation plan, an oral presentation of material from the dissertation to examiners and an interview of the student by the examiners.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 15
Private study hours: 435
Total study hours: 450

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Dissertation Plan 3-4 pages 5%
Sample Chapter 4-6 pages 5%
Presentation and Viva 20-25 minutes (of which presentation 10 minutes) 20%
Project 30-40 pages 70%

Indicative reading

Texts depend on the projects offered.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will:
1 be aware of the breadth, depth and wider relevance of an advanced mathematical topic of current interest;
2 have demonstrated an ability to communicate technical information effectively using a variety of methods;
3 have demonstrated the ability to comprehend problems, abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically to facilitate their analysis and solution;
4 be able to present mathematical arguments and to draw conclusions from mathematical calculation and/or computer output;
5 have a reasonable ability to apply mathematical concepts and statistical techniques in a particular context.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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