Capstone Project: Mathematics

The details
Mathematical Sciences
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
29 July 2020


Requisites for this module
MA829, MA831


MA829, MA831

Key module for

BSC N233 Actuarial Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC N323 Actuarial Science,
BSC N324 Actuarial Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N325 Actuarial Science (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIN399 Actuarial Science and Data Science,
MSCIG199 Mathematics and Data Science

Module description

Students should undertake about 150 hours of work for a one term Capstone Project. Students opting to undertake a Capstone Project in the spring term are likely to have to attend the presentation part of the assessment during weeks 31-32.

Module aims

The principal aim of the project is to enable students to gain experience of some branch of mathematics, statistics, operational research, actuarial science or the interface of these disciplines with other fields, that students would not meet in any module. Subsidiary aims are that students should gain experience of solo work involving research concerning some previously unknown topic, the production of a project document and final presentation (presentation and oral examination).

Module learning outcomes

Upon completing a 15 credit project students should:

1. Have a good idea of the basic methods for obtaining information on a topic, including the efficient use of the library or a corresponding information source.

2. Understand how to set about the preparation of a project report, including the correct methods for referencing source material.

3. Have experienced the difficulties of explaining the contents of a project document in a final presentation (presentation and oral examination).

Module information

On top of submitting a report, students must give a presentation on the project and attend an oral examination on it. General guidance on how to give a presentation will be provided, and students are advised to discuss the detailed content of their presentation with their supervisors.

Please note that students are only allowed to undertake one of the following variants - MA829-6-AU (autumn term), MA830-6-SP (spring term) or MA831-6-FY (full year).

Learning and teaching methods

Please see the Project Handbook for more details on Capstone Projects.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Combined Report & Interview  31/03/2021   

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Murat Akman, email:
Dr Alastair Litterick, email:
Dr Murat Akman (, Dr Alastair Litterick (



External examiner

Dr Tania Clare Dunning
The University of Kent
Reader in Applied Mathematics
Available via Moodle
Of 67 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
67 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Mathematical Sciences

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