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Unit information: Dissertation (MRes in Statistics) in 2016/17

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Unit name Dissertation (MRes in Statistics)
Unit code MATHM6100
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Kovac
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit will give students an opportunity for independent study of a topic, either chosen from the list currently of projects available each year or agreed in advance with their supervisor. During the project they will be expected to give an assessed oral presentation on their work, and at the end of the unit they will be required to write up the work in a project dissertation.


To give students an opportunity to study a topic of their choice, working independently, and to develop experience of report-writing and oral presentation.

Mandatory for all MRes students.

Intended learning outcomes

The projects offered may vary each year, and no general statement of the mathematical or statistical learning objectives is possible.

In terms of general skill, by the end of the unit the student will have:

  • developed his or her capacity for independence in tackling and solving problems,
  • developed experience and skills in report-writing and oral presentation,
  • mastered an area of statistics at a level approaching the current research literature,
  • enhanced his or her capacity for original work, either through new research or through a new synthesis of existing knowledge.

Teaching details

Guidance from supervisor, leading to independent study with further discussion with supervisor as necessary.

Assessment Details

The student normally produces a written report (90% of the assessment) and gives a short presentation (10% of the assessment).

The assessment criteria for the project will be based on a suitably modified version of the current Mathematics Department Project Assessment form. The project will be marked by the supervisor and by an independent second marker.

Reading and References

Statistical references as appropriate for each project.

For technical writing:

  • N J Higham, Handbook of writing for the mathematical sciences, SIAM, 1998.
  • R Barrass, Scientists must write : a guide to better writing for scientists, engineers and students, Routledge, 2002.