Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 22/07/2005
College College Eng and Physical Sci
School Mathematics
Department Mathematics
Partner College and School Computer Science
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Sci. Mathematics and Computer Science Full-time
Programme Code 5197
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The aim of this programme is
  • To provide students with an appreciation of the distinctive nature of mathematics as the language of science, a creative discipline that forms a systematic way of structuring thoughts and arguments, closely tied to a coherent body of associated knowledge.
  • To provide a solid foundation for a career or further study in computing with coverage of the core areas of computer science and a solid grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of contemporary developments in computer science.
  • To provide students with a broadly based education in mathematics, including statistics and computational mathematics, and computer science.
  • To provide a core understanding of mathematics and computer science in the first two years and a wide range of mathematics and computer science options, that reflect the research interests of the Schools, in later years.
  • To make students aware of the wide range of career options open to them and prepare them for professional, graduate level employment or further study.
  • To develop mathematical skills such as modelling, problem solving and the use of precise technical language.
  • To develop other key skills such as a capacity for independent study and learning, report writing, giving presentations and team work.
  • To prepare students for higher level research degrees.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Key mathematical concepts and topics including the foundations and applications of calculus and analysis, linear algebra, abstract algebra, and one of applied mathematics, mathematical optimisation, probability and statistics
The need for and techniques of proof and rigour and the ability to construct rigorous arguments
How to analyse and model both applied and abstract situations using the language of mathematics
How to solve problems arising from applied and abstract situations through both the creative and the routine application of mathematical techniques
Essential concepts, principles and theories relating to computing
How the Computer Science theory is related to modelling and design of computer-based systems
The scientific and other career options open to highly qualified mathematics and computer science graduates
Lectures and tutorials; computer practicals; projects.
Class tests, examinations, assignments, oral presentation, examination of thesis
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Ability to abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in a symbolic form
Analytical, numerical, computational, modelling and problem solving skills
Ability to select and apply appropriate mathematical methods for solving problems including those at an abstract level
Ability to construct and develop logical mathematical arguments with clear identification of assumptions and conclusions
To specify, design and construct computer-based systems
Ability to present arguments and conclusions clearly and accurately
Ability to independently solve a substantial problem and present a solution both orally and in a dissertation
Capacity for independent study and learning, report writing, giving presentations
Ability to undertake a significant independent research project
Lectures, tutorials, computer practicals and projects
Tests, examinations and oral presentations