Dissertations

Introduction to Dissertation 

OMMS students are required to undertake a dissertation worth two units as part of their degree programme. This can be either a mathematics dissertation or a statistics dissertation. Part C students may choose to offer a dissertation. Dissertations will be compulsory for Part C students from 2020-2021.

The dissertation will entail investigating a topic in an area of the Mathematical Sciences under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor. This will culminate in a written dissertation with a word limit of 7,500 words, which usually equates to 25-35 pages. It is expected that students embarking on a dissertation will be working on it over Christmas vacation, Hilary Term and Easter vacation for submission in early Trinity Term.

 

Timetable for Dissertations

Michaelmas Term

 
Week 0, Friday Dissertation Information Session
  Dissertation abstracts published
Week 3, Friday 12:00 Deadline for submitting dissertation choices
Week 5, Friday Students notified of project allocation
Weeks 7 and 8 Initial meeting with dissertation supervisor

Hilary Term

 
Weeks 1-8 3 or 4 further supervision meetings
Weeks 7 and 8 Oral presentations take place

Trinity Term

 
Week 1, Monday 12:00 Submission deadline

 

Choosing a topic

Following the Dissertation Information Session, a list of potential dissertation topics will be published below. Each topic will be accompanied by a short abstract outlining the project with details on necessary pre-requisite knowledge and the maximum number of students who will be able to take each topic. You will be asked to complete an online form, ranking 6 of the topics. You will be notified of which project you have been allocated at the start of week 5.

 

Oral Presentation

Each student is required to give an oral presentation to their supervisors and at least one other person with some knowledge of the field of the dissertation. These will usually take place in the final two weeks of Hilary Term. The presentation does not count towards the final assessment of the project, however, it will give you an opportunity to practice your presentation skills which will prove useful in your later careers.

 

 

Useful Links and Sources of Information

The guidance below is relevant for those taking a dissertation.