MAT-40003 - Masters Project
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 60
Study Hours: 600
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

This module gives Master in Mathematics students the opportunity to develop research skills required for studying and researching mathematics. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills that are needed when undertaking research, such as working in depth on a problem over an extended period, writing reports and communicating mathematical results to a range of academic audiences. Students will produce a dissertation.
This module will provide employability skills targeted at future academic work but also relevant for graduate employment. The skills developed will form part of a student's Distinctive Keele Curriculum experience.

To develop students┐ mathematical communication using specialist mathematics computer programs, for example, LaTeX.
To further develop students┐ abilities to critically analyse journal articles.
To develop skills in using research materials necessary for interpreting and evaluating research-level mathematics.
To develop students┐ ability to develop a problem in depth over an extended period and produce reports thereon.
To develop students┐ ability to communicate mathematical results to mathematical audiences using a variety of different communication methods, for example, academic posters and research seminars.
To produce a final-year dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

produce reports based on the development of a piece of work, in depth, over an extended period of time; will be achieved by assessments: 1
communicate mathematical results to an academic audience in written form by way of reports and posters; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
communicate mathematical results to an academic audience in oral form by way of presentations; will be achieved by assessments: 2,3
develop professional-level mathematical writing skills. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3

Study hours

30 hours compulsory supervisions with project supervisor.
1 hour presenting poster.
1 hour presenting seminar.
568 hours including independent study and research, preparation of reports, posters, presentations and final dissertation.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 50%
A mathematics dissertation.
A professionally written, mathematical report on an agreed area of mathematics produced using, for example, LaTeX.

2: Poster Presentation weighted 25%
Production and presentation of an academic poster.
A professionally produced academic poster, of the style presented at conferences, that is presented to an academic audience. Students will be questioned on their poster.

3: Seminar weighted 25%
Presentation of a seminar to an academic audience.
Present a seminar, in the style of a conference talk, and answer questions from an academic audience.