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MSCI5101: Mathematical Sciences Project A

Independent research can be a life changing experience. In this unit you will complete a research project in a discipline of the Mathematical Sciences, such as Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, or Financial Mathematics and Statistics. Together with your supervisor, you will identify a suitable research problem and develop a strategy to address it. This may include synthesizing and generalising results from the mathematical literature, generating new examples, proving new theorems, writing and applying new mathematical models or devising new statistical tests. Working on a research project will also provide broader opportunities such as being part of a research group, interacting with both your peers and discipIine experts, attending research seminars and workshops. Students in some disciplines, such as Applied Mathematics and Statistics, may also have the opportunity to interact with interdisciplinary teams as part of their research project. You will communicate the research plan and findings via an oral presentation and a 40 to 60 page thesis. Successful completion of your Master of Mathematical Sciences degree will clearly demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for either undertaking a PhD or any variety of future careers.

Code MSCI5101
Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
A major in mathematics, statistics, data science, or financial mathematics and statistics, with a WAM of 65 or equivalent

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Source, collate, synthesise and critically evaluate information from a range of relevant sources and identify knowledge gaps for investigation.
  • LO2. Develop a research question with creativity, lateral thinking and critical reflection.
  • LO3. Use appropriate mathematical or statistical research principles and methodologies to investigate a research question.
  • LO4. Communicate researchbmethodologies, findings and applications in written and oral form for a specialist audience.
  • LO5. Produce independent research which is an original contribution to the discipline.
  • LO6. Identify, manage and respond to challenges in research direction, and develop resilience, creativity and intellectual rigour.
  • LO7. Act with integrity in their research practice and professional relationships, working within established ethical and regulatory frameworks.
  • LO8. Establish collaborative and professional rapport with other students and staff.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.