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Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing MSc

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

This one-year master's course provides training in the application of mathematics to a wide range of problems in science and technology. Emphasis is placed on the formulation of problems, on the analytical and numerical techniques for a solution and the computation of useful results.

Pattern of learning and teaching

In the first term (Michaelmas term), students should expect their weekly schedule to consist of around seven hours of core course lectures and seven hours of modelling, practical numerical analysis and additional skills classes, then a further two hours of lectures for each special topic course followed. In addition there are about three hours of problem solving classes to go through core course exercises and students should expect to spend time working through the exercises then submitting them for marking prior to the class. There are slightly fewer contact hours in the second term (Hilary term), but students will spend more time working in groups on the case studies.

In the third term (Trinity term) there are some special topic courses, including one week intensive computing courses, but the expectation is that students will spend most of the third term and long vacation working on their dissertations. During this time, students should expect to work hours that are equivalent to full-time working hours, although extra hours may occasionally be needed. Students are expected to write special topic and case study reports during the Christmas and Easter vacations, as well as revising for the core course written examinations.

Assessment

Assessment takes places throughout the course. To complete the course, you must complete 13 units.

Each one-unit core course on mathematical methods and numerical analysis is assessed by written examination. The first two examinations on mathematical methods and numerical analysis usually take place in Week 0 of Hilary term. The second two examinations usually take place in Week 0 of Trinity term.

Graduate destinations

Further research into mathematics and/or computer science or industry.

Each one-unit special topic culminates in an assessed written report of up to 20 pages. Special topic reports based on Michaelmas term lecture courses are submitted at the beginning of Hilary term and special topic reports based on Hilary term lectures courses are submitted at the beginning of Trinity term. The Trinity term courses are usually one week intensive courses taught at the beginning of term and so the reports for these are normally submitted in early July.

Each one-unit case study is taught in Hilary term. For mathematical modelling you will give an assessed group presentation at the end of Hilary term as well as submitting an individual written report at the beginning of Trinity term. For the scientific computing case study assessment will solely be based on your written report which will be submitted early in Trinity term.

Tuition fees

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£ 27,460per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

  • University League Table

    1st

  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 113 1

    2nd out of 72 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    222 100%

    2nd

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    221 91%

    3rd

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100.0 100%

    1st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%

    25th

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