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# University of Oxford: Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing

Institution | University of Oxford |
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Department | Mathematics |

Web | https://www.ox.ac.uk |

graduate.admissions@admin.ox.ac.uk | |

Telephone | +44 (0)1865 270059 |

Study type | Taught |

## MSc

## Summary

**The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (October/November 2022). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas.**

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.

**This course is taking part in a continuing pilot programme to improve the selection procedure for graduate applications, in order to ensure that all candidates are evaluated fairly. For this course, the socio-economic data you provide in the application form will be used to contextualise the shortlisting and decision-making processes where it has been provided.**

The course consists of both taught courses and a dissertation. To complete the course you must complete 13 units. You will normally accumulate four units in core courses, three units in special topics, two units in case studies and four units in the dissertation. In addition, you will usually attend classes in mathematical modelling, practical numerical analysis and additional skills during Michaelmas term.

**Core courses (usually accumulating four units)**

There are four core courses which you must complete (one unit each), which each usually consist of 24 lectures, classes and a written examination. There is one course on mathematical methods and one on numerical analysis in both Michaelmas term and Hilary term.

**Special topics (usually accumulating three units)**

You must choose at least one special topic in the area of modelling and one in computation (one unit each). There are around 25 special topic courses to choose from, spread over all three academic terms, each usually consisting of 12 to 16 lectures and a mini project. Topics covered include mathematical biology, fluid mechanics, perturbation methods, the mathematics of data, numerical optimisation and scientific computing.

**Case studies (usually accumulating two units)**

You must undertake at least one case study in mathematical modelling and one in scientific computing (one unit each). These courses take place in Hilary term and normally consist of group work, an oral presentation (for mathematical modelling only) and a written report.

**Dissertation (four units)**

You will need to write a dissertation of around 40 to 50 pages. This is normally produced in the third term (Trinity Term) and over the long vacation. Since there is another MSc focussed on mathematical finance specifically, the MSc in Mathematical and Computational Finance, you are not permitted to undertake a dissertation in this field.

Level | RQF Level 7 |
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Entry requirements | For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas |

Location | University of Oxford University Offices Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JD |

## Summary

**The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (October/November 2021). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas.**

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.

The course consists of both taught courses and a dissertation. To complete the course you must complete 13 units. You will normally accumulate four units in core courses, three units in special topics, two units in case studies and four units in the dissertation. In addition, you will usually attend classes in mathematical modelling, practical numerical analysis and additional skills during Michaelmas term.

**Core courses (usually accumulating four units)**

There are four core courses which you must complete (one unit each), which each usually consist of 24 lectures, classes and a written examination. There is one course on mathematical methods and one on numerical analysis in both Michaelmas term and Hilary term.

**Special topics (usually accumulating three units)**

You must choose at least one special topic in the area of modelling and one in computation (one unit each). There are around 25 special topic courses to choose from, spread over all three academic terms, each usually consisting of 12 to 16 lectures and a mini project. Topics covered include mathematical biology, fluid mechanics, perturbation methods, the mathematics of data, numerical solution of differential equations and scientific computing.

*Case studies (usually accumulating two units) *

You must undertake at least one case study in mathematical modelling and one in scientific computing (one unit each). These courses take place in Hilary term and normally consist of four weeks of group work, an oral presentation (for mathematical modelling only) and a written report.

**Dissertation (four units)**

You will need to write a dissertation of around 40 to 50 pages. This is normally produced in the third term (Trinity Term) and over the long vacation. Since there is another MSc focussed on mathematical finance specifically, the MSc in Mathematical and Computational Finance, you are not permitted to undertake a dissertation in this field.

**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.

Level | RQF Level 7 |
---|---|

Entry requirements | For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas |

Location | University of Oxford University Offices Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JD |

## Summary

**The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2020). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas**

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.

The course consists of both taught courses and a dissertation. To complete the course you must complete 13 units. You will normally accumulate four units in core courses, three units in special topics, two units in case studies and four units in the dissertation. In addition, you will usually attend classes in mathematical modelling, practical numerical analysis and additional skills during Michaelmas term.

**Core courses (usually accumulating four units)**

There are four core courses which you must complete (one unit each), which each usually consist of 24 lectures, classes and a written examination. There is one course on mathematical methods and one on numerical analysis in both Michaelmas term and Hilary term.

**Special topics (usually accumulating three units)**

You must choose at least one special topic in the area of modelling and one in computation (one unit each). There are around 25 special topic courses to choose from, spread over all three academic terms, each usually consisting of 12 to 16 lectures and a mini project. Topics covered include mathematical biology, fluid mechanics, perturbation methods, the mathematics of data, numerical solution of differential equations and scientific computing.

**Case studies (usually accumulating two units)**

You must undertake at least one case study in mathematical modelling and one in scientific computing (one unit each). These courses take place in Hilary term and normally consist of four weeks of group work, an oral presentation (for mathematical modelling only) and a written report.

**Dissertation (four units)**

You will need to write a dissertation of around 40 to 50 pages. This is normally produced in the third term (Trinity Term) and over the long vacation. Since there is another MSc focussed on mathematical finance specifically, the MSc in Mathematical and Computational Finance, you are not permitted to undertake a dissertation in this field.

**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.

Level | RQF Level 7 |
---|---|

Entry requirements | For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas |

Location | University of Oxford University Offices Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JD |

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