Capstone Project: Mathematics

The details
Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
25 October 2023


Requisites for this module
MA829, MA831



Key module for

BSC N233 Actuarial Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC N233DT Actuarial Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC N323 Actuarial Science,
BSC N323DF Actuarial Science,
BSC N323DT Actuarial Science,
BSC N324 Actuarial Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N325 Actuarial Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC L1G2 Economics and Mathematics (Including Placement Year),
BSC LG11 Economics and Mathematics,
BSC LG18 Economics and Mathematics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC LG1C Economics and Mathematics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC GN13 Finance and Mathematics,
BSC GN15 Finance and Mathematics (Including Placement Year),
BSC GN18 Finance and Mathematics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC GN1H Finance and Mathematics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC G100 Mathematics,
BSC G102 Mathematics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC G103 Mathematics (Including Placement Year),
BSC G104 Mathematics (Including Foundation Year),
MMATG198 Mathematics,
BSC 5B43 Statistics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC 9K12 Statistics,
BSC 9K13 Statistics (Including Placement Year),
BSC 9K18 Statistics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC G1G4 Mathematics with Computing (Including Year Abroad),
BSC G1G8 Mathematics with Computing (Including Foundation Year),
BSC G1GK Mathematics with Computing,
BSC G1IK Mathematics with Computing (Including Placement Year),
BSC G1F3 Mathematics with Physics,
BSC G1F4 Mathematics with Physics (Including Placement Year),
BSC G1F5 Mathematics with Physics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC GCF3 Mathematics with Physics (Including Year Abroad),
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 aims of this module are:

  • To enable students to gain experience of some branch of mathematics, statistics, operational research or the interface of these disciplines with other fields, that students would not meet in any module.

  • To gain experience of solo work involving research concerning some previously unknown topic.

  • To produce a project document and final presentation (presentation and oral examination).

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  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 (presenation 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

No information available.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Project Outline  02/02/2024  5% 
Coursework   Final Project  27/03/2024  95% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Peng Liu, email:
Dr Danilo Petti, email:
Dr Danilo Petti (, Dr Peng Liu (



External examiner

Prof Stephen Langdon
Brunel University London
Dr Rachel Quinlan
National University of Ireland, Galway
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
Available via Moodle
Of 2 hours, 2 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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