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Programme Aims and Modules (Mathematical Modelling)

Programme Aims

The Masters level programme in Mathematical Modelling has three main aims:-

  • To provide an understanding of the processes undertaken to arrive at a suitable mathematical model
  • To teach the fundamental analytical techniques and computational methods used to develop insight into system behaviour
  • To introduce a range (industrial, biological and environmental) of problems, associated conceptual models and their solutions.

Programme Structure

Academic Year 2020-21

The programme lasts for one calendar year formally starting in the last week of September. The programme is full time consisting of taught components which are usually examined in the Third Term (April 2021 - June 2021). The programme normally consists of 5 compulsory components, 3 optional components, plus an individual project. Each component corresponds to approximately 30 hours of lectures.  

Four of the compulsory components are held in the First Term (Monday 5 October 2020 - Friday 18 December 2020). The other compulsory component and optional components are usually taught in the Second Term (Monday 11 January 2021 - Friday 26 March 2021). Examinations for all components are held usually in the Third Term (April 2021 - June 2021). Some components may include assessment by an element of coursework in addition to an examination. After the examinations, all students will then embark on an individual project with the submission early in September. The taught modules account for 2/3 of the final mark with the project making up 1/3. The course is equivalent to 90 ECTS, on the European Credit Transfer Scheme. Please see the UCL Calendar 2020-2021 for more information.

If students are unable to, or do not wish to, complete the project element, they may register for the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Modelling which only covers the taught elements. They should see the MSc tutor to discuss this option.