The details
Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
13 November 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC G10112 Mathematics,
MSC G10124 Mathematics,
MSC GN1312 Mathematics and Finance,
MSC GN1324 Mathematics and Finance,
MSC G30412 Data Science,
MSC G30424 Data Science,
MSC G304PP Data Science with Professional Placement,
MSC G20312 Optimisation and Data Analytics,
MSC G30012 Statistics,
MSC N32312 Actuarial Science,
MSC N32324 Actuarial Science,
MSC G30512 Applied Data Science,
MSC G30524 Applied Data Science,
MSC G30612 Data Science and its Applications,
MSC G30624 Data Science and its Applications

Module description

Students will be provided with a list of dissertation titles or topics proposed by members of staff. It may also be possible to propose a topic of your own, provided a member of staff agrees it is of a suitable standard and is able to supervise it.

We hope there will be a mechanism for expressing preferences about which topic to do, and that this will be reflected in the allocation of topics to candidates. However, it must be pointed out that the exact nature of the procedure cannot be guaranteed because of staff numbers and availability, staff interests etc.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To write a dissertation based on an independently developed research project, under the supervision of an allocated supervisor.

Module learning outcomes

Students are expected to write a dissertation with the following aspects in mind:

  1. Clarity and coherence: students should understand the ideas involved in the subject at an appropriate level. In a project developing some piece of theory, the work should develop the theory in a logical order, with clear definitions and explanation of how these ideas could be useful in practice. In a project applying existing mathematical theories/methods/models to a practical question/data, a clear explanation of why and how these theories/methods/models are applied in the practical example(s) should be included.

  2. At a suitable level of difficulty, depth and breadth of ideas expressed. Students are expected to have sufficient depth of understanding for an MSc dissertation – in particular, the material should have little or no overlap with that in students’ course lectures. Original material or insights are not required, but are very welcome, and often students are expected to give different examples than those in original sources.

  3. In good quality of English and word processing. Mathematical formulas, figures and tables should be presented clearly and accurately in the dissertation. The resources, such as books, papers, online resources should be properly cited and listed as references.

  4. Include a section of literature review in the area of the project.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   MSc Dissertation  04/09/2024  100% 

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

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Vasileios Giagos, email:



External examiner

Dr Yinghui Wei
University of Plymouth
Available via Moodle
Of 1 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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