The primary aim of this course is to educate you to MSc level in the theoretical and practical aspects of mathematical problem solving, mathematical model development, creating software solutions and communication of results.
This course provides training in the use and development of reliable numerical methods and corresponding software. It aims to train graduates with a mathematical background to develop and apply their skills to the solution of real problems. It covers the underlying mathematical ideas and techniques and the use and design of mathematical software. Several application areas are examined in detail. It develops skills in mathematical problem-solving, scientific computing, and technical communication.
Training is also provided in general computing skills, mathematical typsetting, mathematical writing, desktop and web-based mathematical software development, and the use of computer languages and packages including Mathematica, parallel computing, C#, 3D graphics and animation, and visualisation.
The MSC is now available fully online and can be taken over 12 months full time or 24 months part time.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- use the description of a real world problem to develop a reasonable mathematical model in consultation with the scientific literature and possibly experts in the area
- carry out appropriate mathematical analysis
- select or develop an appropriate numerical method and write a computer programme which gives access to a sensible solution to the problem
- present and interpret these results for a potential client or a non-technical audience.
The course places great emphasis on hands-on practical skills. There is a computer laboratory allocated solely for the use of MSc students. PCs are preloaded with all the required software and tools. Teaching hours, involving lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations, usually take place in the morning. The rest of the time, you are expected to do exercises, assignments and generally put in the time required to acquire key skills.
Unique Aspects of the Course
As one of the first programmes to go fully online this MSc reflects a philosophy of cutting edge teaching methods and pragmatism. As an online programme the course is extremely flexible and designed to fit around a busy lifestyle or can be combined with full-time employment. As well as providing you with a host of abilities which are in demand in industry, this MSc provides skills which are complementary to most scientific and engineering undergraduate courses. The MSc not only opens up new possibilities, you also gain a set of skills that sets you apart from the crowd in your original field of study. The final project is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your abilities to future employers or to undertake a detailed study in a new area of interest. The course is extremely flexible in helping you realise your ambitions.