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Unit information: International Students Summer Research Project in 2020/21

Unit name International Students Summer Research Project
Unit code MATH10019
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Viveka Erlandsson
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Science


The unit is designed to offer students a wide exposure to a variety of research skills and experiences, with a particular focus on preparing students for future PGR projects in their chosen fields. Students will undertake projects in areas aligned with longer-term and ongoing University of Bristol research endeavours. Aims: To promote the understanding of mathematics and statistics through exploration of a specific research project. To give students an opportunity to study an advanced topic, over an extended period of time, working more or less independently, and to develop experience of report-writing and oral presentation. To promote further study and career opportunities in mathematics and statistics. The unit will consist of a multi-week research project carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Students will write a project report and give an oral presentation. It is envisaged that the unit will help develop a wide range of tranferable skills, including self-directed study; library research and use of the mathematical literature; time management; report writing; oral presentation.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, students should have developed skills including:

  • How to independently research a mathematical topic
  • How to use mathematical literature
  • How to manage time over the length of the project
  • How to write a report on the work that has been carried out
  • How to give a technical presentation
  • How to synthesize more than one primary source, and/or construct examples beyond a principal source

Teaching details

Please include reference to any distance learning or any significant e-learning components, if appropriate

Assessment Details

Oral presentation (10%) 15-minute individual oral presentation to colleagues and faculty Research report (90%) A 1500-2000-word paper presenting the research undertaken

Reading and References

There are no set texts for the unit