Module code: MATM046

Module provider


Module Leader

ZELIK S Prof (Maths)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 580

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DISSERTATION 100%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Some project titles may require the student to have taken specific taught modules from the MSc programme. A student must have successfully completed the taught component of the MSc programme before being eligible to submit a dissertation report.

Module overview

The dissertation consists of a written report of around 50 pages completed by the student towards the end of their programme of study. The report is based on a major piece of work that involves applying material encountered in the taught component of the programme and extending that knowledge with the student's contribution, under the guidance of a supervisor. The work for the dissertation and the writing up begins approximately May/June, continues through the Summer and the dissertation report is submitted in late Summer. The work may, but need not, involve original research. It may instead consist of a substantial literature survey on a specific topic.

Module aims

To provide an opportunity for students to pursue a single topic in depth and to demonstrate evidence of research ability at a Masters level. The topic would normally be related to current or recent research within the broad area of the MSc programme. Students are encouraged to either carry out an original piece of mathematical work or carry out a substantial survey of the literature on a particular topic.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Have a well-developed ability to use research databases such as MathSciNet and Web of Knowledge
Be able to locate, select, and interpret sources relevant to the topic
Have an advanced level of mathematical knowledge and understanding in the field of study
Have successfully integrated and built upon the concepts, theories, and knowledge gained in the taught component of the MSc programme
Be able to demonstrate their command of the subject matter of their dissertation via a written report, and also verbally via an oral examination
Be able to demonstrate independent, critical and analytical skills, and an ability to evaluate evidence

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The dissertation is the result of an expected 600 hours of work. Most of this is done individually by the student, in locating and reading relevant sources, working on the technical contribution that is the main part of the dissertation, and writing up the final report. Some time is also spent in regular discussions with the supervisor. Further details are given in the programme handbook.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Regular meetings with the supervisor to discuss progress with the dissertation and report writing. The student may be able to benefit from SPLASH events.

Assessment Strategy

There is only one unit of assessment for the module but the final mark will be calculated from the mark for the final report (80%) and an oral examination (20%).

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/matm046

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.