Topic outline

    • General information


      Besides the obvious advantage of having one fewer subject to revise during the finals, doing a project brings about substantial benefits.   A project will be invaluable when applying for a job.  You can demonstrate your experience in researching and communicating technical material, both orally and in writing. A project will express your independence, maturity, and style, speaking on your behalf more convincingly than any set of grades, thereby putting you ahead of competitors.  You will mention it on your CV, and refer back to it during job interviews; it will strengthen an application for post-graduate studies.

      To get a feel of what a project involves, we suggest you view recordings of MSci students giving talks on the module page

      Note that departmental funds are available (subject to approval) to support various aspects of project work, such as visiting researchers at another university, financial institution or laboratory.  Again this adds to the narrative of independent work that you may wish to put to employers next year.

      PICKING A Project (from the repository, with friends or outside MATHS)

      Before the start of a project module, you must find a supervisor. Do this as early as possible, ideally before the start of Semester 1.

      Look at the list of suggested projects and interdisciplinary projects and go and speak to the supervisors of ones that appeal. If you are interested in an area of mathematics which doesn't seem to be represented on the list of projects then contact the lecturer of any relevant modules and ask if they can suggest some project related to their module.

      You may approach the supervisor jointly with a friend (or friends) who may be either a final year BSc student or a final year MSci student. You will meet your supervisor together, work through the literature together, and explain material to each other.  Your dissertation will still be produced independently, and the specific examples/applications that you report will be your own;  your supervisor will help with suggestions for  variations.  The presentations of joint projects will be timetabled in blocks, so that your talks follow each other, and you may introduce and refer back to each other.  However, you will be assessed entirely on the quality of your own presentation.

       It is possible to organise a joint project with a friend (or friends) in other departments. You must ensure that their supervisor agrees, and that you can find a co-supervisor in the School of Mathematical Sciences, who will mark your project.  In an interdisciplinary project, you will typically emphasize the mathematical aspects of the investigation, and even if less advanced mathematics is used, you will gain the novelty of  interdisciplinarity.  The proven ability to collaborate with colleagues with different expertise is a most impressive quality from an employer's point of view.

      Get STartED

      However you choose your project, to make it official you must email the module organizers, cc'ing your supervisor(s), with the agreed title of the project.  You must also register for he relevant course (MTH6138 for BSc tudents and MTH717U for MSci students.

      Engagement attending the special lectures listed below. If you can't come to them (e.g. due to a clash with some other module) please let us know.


      The assessment consists of a presentation (20%) given in late March or revision week and a dissertation submitted in late April (80%).  As long as you make a decent attempt at the presentation, it can only increase your mark: if it does not then we will ignore it and the dissertation will count 100%.

      • Advice and Guidance File
      • Marking Criteria File
    • List of possible projects

      The list of projects available can be found in the project repository. This repository agglutinates projects at the third year, MSci and MSc levels.  You may search by supervisor, if for example you feel you would work well with one of your current or previous lecturers.  You can also search by research area, if you feel you enjoy some areas more than others.  Alternatively just browse through the list of titles and see if anything sounds exciting. 

    • Submit your report

      The deadline for submission of all project reports is 14:30 on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. However, students are strongly advised to complete their reports before the end of Semester B, so that the vacation can be used for revision for the written examinations in May and June.

      You must hand in two copies of your project report to the Mathematics Office during its normal opening hours and certainly before 1430 on Tuesday 23rd April.  The staff there will note the time and date of submission. Direct submission to your supervisor WILL NOT COUNT as a submission. Submission directly to the module organiser(s) will also not count except under very exceptional circumstances and if agreed in advance and in writing.

      You must in addition submit an electronic copy of your project report as a single PDF (Portable Document Format) file using the upload link in the "Submit your report" topic below. This will be used primarily for plagiarism checking, but will also be available to examiners who prefer an electronic copy.

      Please note that work submitted late is subject to standard College penalties.

      • Report Submission Assignment
    • Presentation

      You will be required to give a short seminar-style presentation on the topic of your project. This will normally take place during revision week, but you'll have the option of giving your presentation during week 11 of semester B. The presentation should be 15 minutes long for third-year projects and 25 minutes long for MSci projects, with 5 minutes for questions and turnaround in both cases. The intention is to give you an opportunity to practise mathematical speaking. It is not intended to be intimidating. Thus, provided any moderate attempt is made, the presentation will only increase your mark for the project.

      All project students are welcome to attend all presentations, but you do not have to stay for presentations other than your own.  As well as your peers and the module organisers, members of staff, especially project supervisors will drop in and watch some of the presentations.  Also second-year BSc students who are considering doing a project next year will be invited to attend third-year project presentations and third-year MSci students will be invited to attend MSci project presentations.


      Date: Wednesday 20th March, 13-15
      Location:  Queens' W206

      Roman Ermolin, Record statistics for stock prices
      Yuemin Xu, On-off intermittency in spot price market data
      Rex Cobham Jr, Solitons and the sine-Gordon equation
      Yuhan Ma, Twitter opinion mining using sentiment analysis


      Date: Wednesday 24th April
      Location: Queens' W206

      Morning session 11-13

      Ahmed Abdirahman, Empowering deaf and hard-of-hearing students in STEM through policy and practice
      Amani Lahmami, Enabling deaf student participation in mathematical groupwork
      Ayman Baalal, Use of BSL and ASL in studying mathematics at university level
      Abraham Halim, Solvency II Capital modelling
      Lian Arundel Oliveira Cottrell, Spectral analysis of Jacobi operators

      Afternoon session 14-18

      Micha Wahba, Lenstra’s elliptic curve factorisation
      Kristen Lee Sharp, Analysis of daily returns for spot price market data
      Wanyu Ma, Time series analysis of spot price market data
      Zaineb Mohamed, Faa Di Bruno: Finding the n-th derivative of a composite function
      Muneeb-Ur-Rehman Aslam, Solving equations, an elegant legacy

      Sabah Ainanshe, Laplace equation
      Alice Emily Stokes, The Kerr spacetime
      Safia Bano Thakur, The wave equation in 3+1 dimensions
      Unsa Aziz, The wave equation in 3+1 dimensions
      Taibah Syeeda, The wave equation in 3+1 dimensions

      Date: Thursday 25th April
      Location: Queens' W206

      Morning session 11-13

      Harjit Gakhal, Differential equations
      Alhur Salman, Classification of Simple Finite Groups
      Lina Nori Ali Salih, Newton polytopes and factorisation
      Natasha Jayne S Perkins, Martingales
      Olanrewaju Adeyinka Labulo, Twitter opinion mining using sentiment analysis

      • SLIDES SUBMISSION Assignment
    • Slides for Compulsory Training Sessions