MMath&Phys Mathematics and Physics

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Project (Semester 2)

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATH40022
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Mathematics
Available as a free choice unit? No


Project work is a compulsory part of the level 4 programme and allows students to conduct independent research on a chosen mathematical topic. All fourth year MMath students must take either one double
(two-semester) or two single (one-semester) projects.
Students will be individually supervised by a member of academic staff with expertise in the selected topic. The list of project topics varies from year to year and the current suggested topics are located in the final year study module, further details available from the School student intranet under course requirements - projects.

The course unit is an opportunity for students to develop their transferable research, communication and presentation skills by organising and producing a written report and giving a short verbal presentation.


The aim of this option is to give third and fourth year students an opportunity to research a chosen mathematical topic in some depth and to improve their communication skills through producing a written account and giving a short verbal presentation on the topic. Every M.Math student must take this option in the 4th year of study. All students may take this option in the 3rd year of study. It provides opportunities to develop transferable communication and time-and task-management skills, through researching the topic and organising and producing a written account and a short presentation.

Assessment methods

The final written report is assessed by two independent examiners, the project supervisor and a second member of academic staff. The student must also participate in an oral examination conducted by both examiners during the relevant examination period.

Feedback methods

Students will meet regularly with their project supervisor and receive detailed feedback on a sample of their work. Feedback on the final project will be given during the oral examination. Students undertaking a double (two-semester) project must submit an interim report at the end of the first semester, which will be returned with detailed formative feedback at the start of the second semester.

Recommended reading

N.J. Higham, Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, 2nd ed. Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Philadelphia, 1998. ISBN 0-89871-420-6.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Nikesh Solanki Unit coordinator

Additional notes

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  

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