Changes to Course for 2019-20
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, some changes have been made to the M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing for the academic year 2019-20. Students will only complete two special topics and the examinations on the Hilary Term core course will be open book examinations. The examinations will take place three weeks later than originally planned and the deadlines at the beginning of Trinity Term will also be postponed by three weeks. These deadlines have been updated in the Diary of Important Events. A letter to MMSC students has been circulated to all MMSC students detailing these changes. In addition to this, a second letter has been sent to all MMSC students detailing the safety net policy which will be implemented this year to calculate students' final grades. Further information has also been provided by the University on open book examinations.
Oxford's M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing aims to train graduates with a strong mathematical background to develop and apply their skills to the solution of real problems. By the end of the course students should be able to formulate a well posed problem in mathematical terms from a possibly sketchy verbal description, carry out appropriate mathematical analysis, select or develop an appropriate numerical method, write a computer program which gives sensible answers to the problem, and present and interpret these results for a possible client. Particular emphasis is placed on the need for all these parts in the problem solving process, and on the fact that they frequently interact and cannot be carried out sequentially.
[MT, HT, TT = Michaelmas, Hilary, Trinity Term]
To complete this course a student must complete 13 units, counted as follows
- Core courses (1 unit each): normally 24 lectures + classes + exam. There are four core courses: one on Mathematical Methods and one on Numerical Analysis in each of MT and HT. Each course will be assessed by a written examination in Week 0 of the following term. Every student must complete the core courses.
- Special topics (1 unit each): normally 12-16 lectures + mini-project. There are about 25 special topics to choose from spread over all three terms. Each student must do at least one special topic in the area of Modelling (M) and one in the area of Computation (C).
- Case Studies in Modelling and in Scientific Computing (1 unit each): normally 4 weeks of group work + oral presentation + report (HT). Each student must do at least one modelling case study and at least one scientific computing case study.
- Dissertation (4 units): usually 40-50 pages, not necessarily containing original research to pass. Here is a list of recent dissertation titles. Since there is another M.Sc. course in Mathematical and Computational Finance, students on the M.Sc. in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing are not permitted to undertake a dissertation in the field of mathematical finance.
Students will normally accumulate 4 units for core courses + 3 units for special topics + 2 units for case studies + 4 units for dissertation.
In addition all students must attend:
- Mathematical Modelling classes in MT
- Practical Numerical Analysis classes in MT
- Additional Skills classes in MT
The Course Director is Dr Kathryn Gillow. A supervisor will be appointed for each student who will discuss their progress with them and who can advise on what options are suitable.
The course lasts almost twelve months, from the beginning of October to the end of the following September. Although the lecture courses are given during the three University terms, the examinations will take place during the weeks preceding both Hilary and Trinity terms. Additionally, much other work is carried out in the vacations, and students should expect to spend most of the year in Oxford. There will be no time for long holidays.
For the academic year 2019-2020, the course will begin with a week of introductory material based at the Mathematical Institute, beginning at 9.30am on the morning of Monday 7th October 2019.
The dates of the University Full Terms for the Academic Year 2019-2020 are:
- MT = Michaelmas Term 2019: Sunday, 13th October 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019
- HT = Hilary Term 2020: Sunday, 19th January 2020 - Saturday, 14th March 2020
- TT = Trinity Term 2020: Sunday, 26th April 2020 - Saturday, 20th June 2020
- Core Courses
- Past Papers
- Special Topics
- Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing Classes
- Additional Skills
- Reading list for core courses and special topics
Further Information and Links
- Diary of important events for the academic year
- Internal examiners' reports
- External examiners' reports
- Course handbooks
- Late submission of coursework
- Revised examination conventions for 2019-20 (draft)
- Standing orders of the M.Sc. Supervisory Committee
- Special topic guidelines
- IT information
- Information about printing in the department
- SIAM page on careers in applied mathematics
- Cover sheet for A2 Exam (docx version)
- Cover sheet for A2 Exam (pdf version)
- Cover sheet for B2 Exam (docx version)
- Cover sheet for B2 Exam (pdf version)