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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: GL11
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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Module details

Programme Year One

After passing the first year, you have the flexibility of transfer to G110 or Economics if you wish, subject to approval.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Calculus I (MATH101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    1.       To introduce the basic ideas of differential and integral calculus, to develop the basic  skills required to work with them and to  apply these skills to a range of problems.

    2.       To introduce some of the fundamental concepts and techniques of real analysis, including limits and continuity.

    3.       To introduce the notions of sequences and series and of their convergence.

    Learning Outcomes

     differentiate and integrate a wide range of functions;


    ​sketch graphs and solve problems involving optimisation and mensuration

    ​understand the notions of sequence and series and apply a range of tests to determine if a series is convergent

  • Calculus II (MATH102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    ·      To discuss local behaviour of functions using Taylor’s theorem.

    ·      To introduce multivariable calculus including partial differentiation, gradient, extremum values and double integrals.

    Learning Outcomes

      use Taylor series to obtain local approximations to functions; 

    ​obtain partial derivaties and use them in several applications such as, error analysis, stationary points change of variables

    ​evaluate double integrals using Cartesian and Polar Co-ordinates

  • Introduction to Linear Algebra (MATH103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims
    •      To develop techniques of complex numbers and linear algebra, including equation solving, matrix arithmetic and the computation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
    •      To develop geometrical intuition in 2 and 3 dimensions.
    •      To introduce students to the concept of subspace in a concrete situation.
    •    To provide a foundation for the study of linear problems both within mathematics and in other subjects.
    Learning Outcomes

     manipulate complex numbers and solve simple equations involving them   

    ​solve arbitrary systems of linear equations

    ​understand and use matrix arithmetic, including the computation of matrix inverses

    ​compute and use determinants

    ​understand and use vector methods in the geometry of 2 and 3 dimensions

    ​calculate eigenvalues and eigenvectors and, if time permits, apply these calculations to the geometry of conics and quadrics

  • Introduction to Statistics (MATH162)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To introduce topics in Statistics and to describe and discuss basic statistical methods.

    To describe the scope of  the application of these methods.

    Learning Outcomes

      to describe statistical data;


    ​ to use the Binomial, Poisson, Exponential and Normal distributions;

    ​to perform simple goodness-of-fit tests

    ​to use the package Minitab to present data, and to make statistical analysis

  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with a clear foundation of the purpose, scope and topics of microeconomic analysis. Students will develop their ability to think critically and analytically, and understand how to frame real world problems in an economic model. This module forms the starting point for all future courses in Microeconomics. 

    This module also emphasizes the role of mathematics in economics.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will have the ability to understand, explain, analyse and solve core problems in microeconomics.

    ​Students will be able to practice and develop their mathematical techniques and understand the role of mathematical analysis in Microeconomics.

    ​Students will be able to familiarise themselves with the principles of using an ''economic model'' and how to model individual decision-making for both consumers and producers.

    ​Students will be able to apply their understanding of economic decision-making, optimisation and equilibrium to real world situations.

  • The European Economic Environment (ECON159)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to introduce students to:

    1. the theoretical basis of economic integration
    2. the main economic features of the European Union
    3. the workings of the main institutions
    4. the major current policy issues.

    Learning Outcomesdescribe the main economic aspects and working of the EU in recent years
    identify major economic problems experienced by the EU

    use appropriate economic analysis to examine such problems

    followdebates on current developments within the EU

    cognitive skills of analysis and synthesis

    ability to identify major issues relating to the EU

    ability to conduct individual study by drawing onprimary sources especially access to the Europawebsite of the European Commission

    abilityto discuss current policy issues, particularly as they affect the UK.

Year One Optional Modules

  • Numbers and Sets (MATH105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    1. To bridge the gap in language and philosophy between A-level and University mathematics.

    2. To train students to think clearly and logically, and to appreciate the nature of definitions, theorems, and proofs.

    3. To give an appreciation of the richness and importance of the structures of the integer, rational, real and complex number systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should be able to:

    1. Use mathematical language and symbols accurately;

               

    ​Understand the nature of a definition, and show that simple definitions are or are not satisfied by given examples;

    ​ Use theorems to draw logical conclusions from given information

    ​Understand the logic of direct proofs and proofs by contradiction, and construct very simple proofs, including proofs by induction;

    ​Interpret statements involving quantifiers, and negate statements with one or two quantifiers

    ​Use the language of naive set theory

    ​Understand the integer, rational, real and complex number systems and the relationship between them.

  • Mathematical It Skills (MATH111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To acquire key mathematics-specific computer skills.

    To reinforce mathematics as a practical discipline by active experience and experimentation, using the computer as a tool.

    To illustrate and amplify mathematical concepts and techniques.

    To initiate and develop modelling skills.

    To initiate and develop problem solving, group work and report writing skills.

  • ​To develop employability skills​

  • Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module, students should be able to

    - tackle project work, including writing up of reports detailing their solutions to problems;

    - use computers to create documents containing formulae, tables, plots and references;

    - use MAPLE to manipulate mathematical expressions and to solve simple problems,

    - better understand the mathematical topics covered, through direct experimentation with the computer.

    ​​​

    ​After completing the module, students should be able to

    - list skills required by recruiters of graduates in mathematical sciences;

    - recognise what constitutes evidence for those skills;

    - identify their own skills gaps and plan to develop their skills.

Programme Year Two

In addition to one optional economics module you will choose three additional maths modules.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Basic Econometrics 1 (ECON212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
  • Econometrics is concerned with the testing of economic theory using real world data. This module introduces the subject by focusing on the principles of Ordinary Least Squares regression analysis. The module will provide practical experience via regular laboratory session.

     

  • ​This module also aims to equip students with the necessary foundations in econometrics to successfully study more advanced modules such as ECON213 Basic Econometrics II, ECON311  Methods of Economic Investigation: Time Series Econometrics and ECON312 Methods of Economic Investigation 2: Microeconometrics.

  • Learning OutcomesReinforce the  understanding of fundamental principles of statistics, probability and mathematics to be used in the context of econometric analysis

      ​Estimate simple regression models with pen and paper using formulae and with the econometric software EViews7

      ​Understand the assumptions underpinning valid estimation and inference in regression models

      ​Formulate and conduct intervals of confidence and tests of hypotheses

      ​Evaluate the impact that changes in the unit of accounts of variables and changes in the functional form of equations may have upon the results of OLS and their interpretation

      ​Assess the goodness of results by means of appropriate tests and indicators

      ​Assess predictions

      ​Extend analysis to the context of multiple linear regression

      ​Use EViews7 to estimate simple linear regression models  and multiple linear regression models

  • Microeconomics 1 (ECON221)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module, in accordance with Microeconomics 2, aims to provide a solid foundation of intermediate level microeconomic theory. It develops and extends three of the topics introduced in Principles of Microeconomics, namely, Consumer Theory, Producer Theory and General Equilibrium. It prepares the students for the more advanced modules in the second and third year like Microeconomics 2 and Game Theory.

    Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the core concepts and models used in consumer theory, producer theory and general equilibrium and an ability to apply these to arange of markets and settings.

    ​Students will be able to think and apply themselves analytically to problems in the above-mentioned topics.

    ​Students will be able to gain problem solving skills using verbal, diagrammatic and mathematical methods to problems in the above topics.  

    ​Students will be able to have a critical perspective regarding the assumptions underlying microeconomics models.

  • Microeconomics 2 (ECON222)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
  • This module, following on from with Microeconomics 1, aims to provide a solid foundation of intermediate level microeconomic theory. 

  • ​The module uses the theoretical foundations developed in the first semester and aims to extend the application of the skills acquired to more advanced topics such as welfare economics.

  • This module also aims to prepare students for the more advanced modules in the third year by introducing topics such as asymmetric information and game theory.

  • Learning OutcomesHave a thorough understanding of the core concepts and models used in Welfare Economics, Asymmetric Information, and Game Theory. 

    ​To prepare students to think and apply themselves to analyse a range of problems in the three areas mentioned above.

    ​To develop problem solving skills using verbal, diagrammatic and mathematical methods to problems in the above topics.  

    ​To deepen a critical perspective regarding the assumptions underlying microeconomics models.

  • Macroeconomics I (ECON223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To extend the study of macroeconomic theory to the intermediate level. To analyse the classical and Keynesian macroeconomic models, and their policy implications, in order to provide a context for subsequent developments in modern macroeconomics associated with monetarism, new classical and new Keynesian economics.

    Learning OutcomesUnderstand how employment, output, interest rate and the price level are determined in the classical model

    ​Understand the origin of economic growth in the short runand in the long run

    ​Understand the effects of fiscal and monetary policies in the IS-LM model

    ​Understand the effects of fiscal and monetary policiesunder different exchange-rate regimes

  • Macroeconomics II (ECON224)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To further extend the study of macroeconomic theory at the intermediatelevel by analysing business-cycle fluctuations in closed and open economiesusing the real business cycle model and also the new Keynesian model that arebased on solid microfoundation

    Learning Outcomes

    Understand the microfoundation of modern macroeconomic models

    ​Explain the implications of macroeconomic disturbances and fiscalpolicies using the real business cycle model

    Contrast the different implications of monetary policies in thereal business cycle model and in the new Keynesian model.

    Analyse business cycles in the open economy.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Securities Markets (ECON241)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • This module seeks to provide an understanding of

    the role of securities markets in the economy

  • ​their basic mechanics and technical features

  • ​the valuation of financial assets

  • ​the operational and allocative efficiency of the market.

  • Learning Outcomes appreciate the central role of securities markets in the economy.

    ​understand and apply appropriate economic theory to market organisation

    display an understanding of the usefulness of portfolio theory and the approaches to the valuation of financial assets.​

    ​read the financial press and appreciate issues relating to the study of the securities markets.

  • Mathematical Economics 2 (ECON211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims
  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to the use of mathematical models in the study of Economics

  • ​To build on the material of Year 1 Mathemetics and Economics and deepen students'' knowledge of mathematical techniques involved in Microeconomics and game theory

  • ​To develop more advanced mathematical skills

  • To develop an ability to use models to solve economic problems​

  • Learning OutcomesRevise univariate calculus

    ​Introduce matrix algebra

    ​Acquire skills with multivariate calculus

    Study optimisation​

    ​Apply these skills to microeconomic problems

    ​Apply these skills to macroeconomic problems

  • Microeconomics 2 (ECON222)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims
  • This module, following on from with Microeconomics 1, aims to provide a solid foundation of intermediate level microeconomic theory. 

  • ​The module uses the theoretical foundations developed in the first semester and aims to extend the application of the skills acquired to more advanced topics such as welfare economics.

  • This module also aims to prepare students for the more advanced modules in the third year by introducing topics such as asymmetric information and game theory.

  • Learning OutcomesHave a thorough understanding of the core concepts and models used in Welfare Economics, Asymmetric Information, and Game Theory. 

    ​To prepare students to think and apply themselves to analyse a range of problems in the three areas mentioned above.

    ​To develop problem solving skills using verbal, diagrammatic and mathematical methods to problems in the above topics.  

    ​To deepen a critical perspective regarding the assumptions underlying microeconomics models.

  • Macroeconomics II (ECON224)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To further extend the study of macroeconomic theory at the intermediatelevel by analysing business-cycle fluctuations in closed and open economiesusing the real business cycle model and also the new Keynesian model that arebased on solid microfoundation

    Learning Outcomes

    Understand the microfoundation of modern macroeconomic models

    ​Explain the implications of macroeconomic disturbances and fiscalpolicies using the real business cycle model

    Contrast the different implications of monetary policies in thereal business cycle model and in the new Keynesian model.

    Analyse business cycles in the open economy.

  • Ordinary Differential Equations (MATH201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To familiarize students with basic ideas and fundamental techniques to solve ordinary differential equations.

    To illustrate the breadth of applications of ODEs and fundamental importance of related concepts.    


    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should be: 

    - familiar with elementary techniques for the solution of ODE''s, and the idea of reducing a complex ODE to a simpler one;

    - familiar with basic properties of ODE, including main features of initial value problems and boundary value problems, such as existence and uniqueness of solutions;

    - well versed in the solution of linear ODE systems (homogeneous and non-homogeneous) with constant coefficients matrix;

    - aware of a range of applications of ODE.

  • Group Project Module (MATH206)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ·         To give students experience of working effectively in small groups.

    ·         To train students to write about mathematics.

    ·         To give students practice in delivering presentations.

    ·         To develop students’ ability to study independently.

    ·         To prepare students for later individual project work.

    ·         To enhance students’ appreciation of the connections between different areas of mathematics.

    ·         To encourage students to discuss mathematics with each other.

    Learning Outcomes

    Work effectively in groups, and delegate common tasks.

    Write substantial mathematical documents in an accessible form.

    ​Give coherent verbal presentations of more advanced mathematical topics.

     

    Appreciate how mathematical techniques can be applied in a variety of different contexts
  • Introduction to the Methods of Applied Mathematics (MATH224)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To provide a grounding in elementary approaches to solution of some of the standard partial differential equations encountered in the applications of mathematics.

    To introduce some of the basic tools (Fourier Series) used in the solution of differential equations and other applications of mathematics.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should:

    -               be fluent in the solution of basic ordinary differential equations, including systems of first order equations;

    -               be familiar with the concept of Fourier series and their potential application to the solution of both ordinary and partial differential equations;

    -               be familiar with the concept of Laplace transforms and their potential application to the solution of both ordinary and partial differential equations;

    -               be able to solve simple first order partial differential equations;

    -               be able to solve the basic boundary value problems for second order linear partial differential equations using the method of separation of variables.

  • Vector Calculus With Applications in Fluid Mechanics (MATH225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To provide an understanding of the various vector integrals, the operators div, grad and curl and the relations between them.

    To give an appreciation of the many applications of vector calculus to physical situations.

    To provide an introduction to the subjects of fluid mechanics and electromagnetism.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should be able to:

    -     Work confidently with different coordinate systems.

    -     Evaluate line, surface and volume integrals.

    -     Appreciate the need for the operators div, grad and curl together with the associated theorems of Gauss and Stokes.

    -     Recognise the many physical situations that involve the use of vector calculus.

    -     Apply mathematical modelling methodology to formulate and solve simple problems in electromagnetism and inviscid fluid flow.

    All learning outcomes are assessed by both examination and course work.

  • Mathematical Models: Microeconomics and Population Dynamics (MATH227)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    1.             To provide an understanding of the techniques used in constructing, analysing, evaluating and interpreting mathematical models.

    2.             To do this in the context of two non-physical applications, namely microeconomics and population dynamics.

    3.             To use and develop mathematical skills introduced in Year 1 - particularly the calculus of functions of several variables and elementary differential equations.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should be able to:

    -               Use techniques from several variable calculus in tackling problems in microeconomics.

    -               Use techniques from elementary differential equations in tackling problems in population dynamics.

    -               Apply mathematical modelling methodology in these subject areas.

    All learning outcomes are assessed by both examination and course work.

  • Classical Mechanics (MATH228)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To provide a basic understanding of the principles of Classical Mechanics and their application to simple dynamical systems.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​the motions of bodies under simple force systems, including calculations of the orbits of satellites, comets and planetary motions

    ​ motion relative to a rotating frame, Coriolis and centripetal forces, motion under gravitry over the Earth''s surface 

    ​rigid body dynamics using centre of mass, angular momentum and moments of inertia

  • Metric Spaces and Calculus (MATH241)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To introduce the basic elements of the theories of metric spaces and calculus of several variables.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should:

    Be familiar with a range of examples of metric spaces.

    Have developed their understanding of the notions of convergence and continuity.

    Understand the contraction mapping theorem and appreciate some of its applications.

    Be familiar with the concept of the derivative of a vector valued function of several variables as a linear map.

    Understand the inverse function and implicit function theorems and appreciate their importance.

    Have developed their appreciation of the role of proof and rigour in mathematics.

  • Complex Functions (MATH243)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    To introduce the student to a surprising, very beautiful theory having intimate connections with other areas of mathematics and physical sciences, for instance ordinary and partial differential equations and potential theory.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing this module students should:

     -  appreciate the central role of complex numbers in mathematics;

    -  be familiar with all the classical holomorphic functions;

    -  be able to compute Taylor and Laurent series of such functions;

    -  understand the content and relevance of the various Cauchy formulae and theorems;

    -  be familiar with the reduction of real definite integrals to contour integrals;

    -  be competent at computing contour integrals.

  • Linear Algebra and Geometry (MATH244)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To introduce general concepts of linear algebra and its applications in geometry and other areas of mathematics.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should be able to:

    • appreciate the geometric meaning of linear algebraic ideas,

    • appreciate the concept of an abstract vector space and how it is used in different mathematical

    situations,

    • apply a change of coordinates to simplify a linear map,

    • manipulate matrix groups (in particular Gln, On and Son),

    • understand bilinear forms from a geometric point of view.

  • Commutative Algebra (MATH247)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To give an introduction to abstract commutative algebra and show how it both arises naturally, and is a useful tool, in number theory.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should be able to:

    • Work confidently with the basic tools of algebra (sets, maps, binary operations and equivalence relations).

    • Recognise abelian groups, different kinds of rings (integral, Euclidean, principal ideal and unique factorisation domains) and fields.

    • Find greatest common divisors using the Euclidean algorithm in Euclidean domains.

    • Apply commutative algebra to solve simple number-theoretic problems.

  • Geometry of Curves (MATH248)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To introduce geometric ideas and develop the basic skills in handling them.

    To study the line, circle, ellipse, hyperbola, parabola,  cubics and many other curves.

    To study theoretical aspects of parametric, algebraic and projective curves.

    To study and sketch curves using an appropriate computer package.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing this module students should be able to:

    - use a computer package to study curves and their evolution in both parametric and algebraic forms.

    -determine and work with tangents, inflexions, curvature, cusps, nodes, length and other features.

    -calculate envelopes and evolutes.

    - solve the position and shape of some algebraic curves including conics.

     

    The first learning outcome is assessed by coursework, the others by both coursework and examination.

  • Introduction to Methods of Operational Research (MATH261)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims
    ​After completing the module students should:
    • Appreciate the operational research approach.
    • Be able to apply standard methods to a wide range of real-world problems as well as applications in other areas of mathematics.
    • Appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of particular methods.
    • Be able to derive methods and modify them to model real-world problems.
    • Understand and be able to derive and apply the methods of sensitivity analysis. 


    Learning Outcomes​​Appreciate the operational research approach.​Be able to apply standard methods to a wide range of real-world problems as well asapplications in other areas of mathematics.​
    Appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of particular methods.​
    Be able to derive methods and modify them to model real-world problems.​

    ​Understand and be able to derive and apply the methods of sensitivity analysis.  Appreciate the importance of sensitivity analysis. ​

  • Financial Mathematics II (MATH262)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

     to provide an understanding of the basic financial mathematics theory used in the study process of actuarial/financial interest,

     to provide an introduction to financial methods and derivative pricing financial instruments ,

     to understand some financial models with applications to financial/insurance industry,

     to prepare the students adequately and to develop their skills in order to be ready to sit for the CT1 & CT8 subject of the Institute of Actuaries (covers 20% of CT1 and material of CT8).

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should:

    (a) Understand the assumptions of CAMP, explain the no riskless lending or borrowing and other lending and borrowing assumptions, be able to use the formulas of CAMP, be able to derive the capital market line and security market line,

    (b) Describe the Arbitrage Theory Model (APT) and explain its assumptions, perform estimating and testing in APT,

    (c) Be able to explain the terms long/short position, spot/delivery/forward price, understand the use of future contracts, describe what a call/put option (European/American) is and be able to makes graphs and explain their payouts, describe the hedging for reducing the exposure to risk, be able to explain arbitrage, understand the mechanism of short sales,

    (d) Explain/describe what arbitrage is, and also the risk neutral probability measure, explain/describe and be able to use (perform calculation) the binomial tree for European and American style options,

    (e) Understand the probabilistic interpretation and the basic concept of the random walk of asset pricing,

    (f) Understand the concepts of replication, hedging, and delta hedging in continuous time,

    (g) Be able to use Ito''s formula, derive/use the the Black‐Scholes formula, price contingent claims (in particular European/American style options and forward contracts), be able to explain the properties of the Black‐Scholes formula, be able to use the Normal distribution function in numerical examples of pricing,

    (h) Understand the role of Greeks , describe intuitively what Delta, Theta, Gamma is, and be able to calculate them in numerical examples.

  • Statistical Theory and Methods I (MATH263)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    Aims

    To introduce statistical methods with a strong emphasis on applying standard statistical techniques appropriately and with clear interpretation.  The emphasis is on applications.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should have a conceptual and practical understanding of a range of commonly applied statistical procedures.  They should have also developed some familiarity with the statistical package MINITAB.

  • Statistical Theory and Methods II (MATH264)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To introduce statistical distribution theory which forms the basis for all applications of statistics, and for further statistical theory.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should understand basic probability calculus. They should be familiar with a range of techniques for solving real life problems of the probabilistic nature.

  • Numerical Methods (MATH266)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To provide an introduction to the main topics in Numerical Analysis and their relation to other branches of Mathematics

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module students should be able to:

    • write simple mathematical computer programs in Maple,

    • understand the consequences of using fixed-precision arithmetic,

    • analyse the efficiency and convergence rate of simple numerical methods,

    • develop and implement algorithms for solving nonlinear equations,

    • develop quadrature methods for numerical integration,

    • apply numerical methods to solve systems of linear equations and to calculate eigenvalues and eigenvectors,

    • solve boundary and initial value problems using finite difference methods.

  • Financial Mathematics I (MATH267)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    This module is to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts of financial mathematics, and how these concepts are applied in calculating present and accumulated values for various streams of cash flows. Students will also be given an introduction to financial instruments, such as derivatives, the concept of no-arbitrage.

    Learning Outcomes

      1. Understand and calculate all kind of rates of interest, find the future value and present value of a cash flow, and write the equation of value given a set of cash flows and an interest rate.

     

    ​2. Derive formulae for all kinds of annuities

    ​3. Given an annuity with level payments, immediate (or due) , payable m-thly, (or payable continuously), and any three of present value, future value, interest rate, payment, and term of annuity, calculate the remaining two items.

    ​4. Given an annuity with non-level payments, immediate (or due) , payable m-thly, (or payable continuously), the pattern of payment amounts, and any three of present value, future value, interest rate, payment, and term of annuity, calculate the remaining two items.

    ​5. Calculate the outstanding balance at any point in time.

    ​6. Calculate a schedule of repayments under a loan and identify the interest and capital components in a given payment.

    ​7. Given the quantities, except one, in a sinking fund arrangement calculate the missing quantity.

    ​8. Calculate the present value of payments from a fixed interest security, bounds for the present value of a redeemable fixed interest security.

    ​9. Given the price, calculate the running yield and redemption yield from a fixed interest security.

    ​10. Calculate the present value or real yield from an index-linked bond.

    ​11. Calculate the price of, or yield from, a fixed interest security where the income tax and capital gains tax are implemented.

    ​12. Calculate yield rate, the dollar-weighted and time weighted rate of return, the duration and convexity of a set of cash flows.

    ​13. Describe the concept of a stochastic interest rate model and the fundamental distinction between this and a deterministic model.

  • Operational Research: Probabilistic Models (MATH268)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
    Aims

    To introduce a range of models and techniques for solving under uncertainty in Business, Industry, and Finance.

    Learning Outcomes

    The ability to understand and describe mathematically real-life optimization problems.

    ​Understanding the basic methods of dynamical decision making.

    ​Understanding the basics of forecasting and simulation.

    ​The ability to analyse elementary queueing systems.

Programme Year Three

You will choose four economics modules and four maths modules.

Year Three Optional Modules

  • The Economics of Developing Countries (ECON306)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students to the theoretical perspectives andempirical debates within development economics and impart an in-depthappreciation of the issues related to economic development and its determinantsin less developed countries.

    Learning OutcomesTo understand the nature and determinants of economic development in the LDCs;

      To recognise both the strengths andlimitations of various alternative models of the development process

      To understand the determinants ofeconomic welfare in LDCs

      ​To recognise the implications fordeveloping countries of international exchange, trade liberalisation andglobalisation

      To appreciate the relationships betweenglobalisation and economic performance in low and middle income economies

      To critically evaluate the roles,achievements and failures of various international policy initiatives in thecontext of developing country measured economic performance and domesticeconomic welfare.

    • Quantitative Financial Economics (ECON308)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      This module provides a thorough overview of financial economics, starting from the decision-making under uncertainty and applying these concepts to optimal portfolio choice by the consumer, optimal investment by the firm, pricing contingent claims, term structure of interest rates and real option analysis.  In addition to standard asset pricing models, the efficient capital markets theory will be extensively  covered.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will be able to understand the role of capital markets

      ​Students will be able to use capital budgeting techniques

      ​Students will be able tounderstand and measure risk aversion

      ​Students will be able to calculate the optimal portfolio between two risky assets

      Students will be able to forecast asset return and volatility based on historical data

      ​Students will be able to forecast asset return and volatility based on historical data

      ​Students will be able tounderstand and use futures and forward contracts

      ​Students will be able tounderstand and be able to use options

    • Methods of Economic Investigation 1: Time Series Econometrics (ECON311)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      Theaim of this module is to give students an understanding of econometric timeseries methodology. The module will build upon the materials of ECON212 BasicEconometrics. Important extensions include volatility models of financial timeseries and multivariate (multiple equations) models such as vector errorcorrection and related cointegrating error correction models.

      Learning OutcomesSpecify and demonstratethe distributional characteristics of a range of time series models

      ​Estimate appropriate models for financial andeconomic time series for the purposes of forecasting andinference

      Understand a range ofunivariate and multivariate models of financial and economic time series processes.

      ​Applyunivariate and multivariate model selection and evaluation methods

      Understand theimplications of conditional heteroskedasticity, unit roots and    cointegration in economic andfinancial time series analysis

    • Game Theoretical Approaches to Microeconomics (ECON322)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
      Aims

      The objective of the module is to provide an introduction to game theory. This is the study of strategic interactions ie situations where outcomes depend not only on our own actions but also how others react to our actions. This module complements those in core macro and microeconomics and offers more insight into strategic decisions and competetive behaviour in general.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Explain game theoretical concepts

      Conduct advanced microeconomic analysis by formulating a game and its associated solution concepts and deriving solutions to games​

      ​Apply games in a range of economic, business and social contexts

      ​Explain the importance of game theoretic approaches in economic analysis

    • International Political Economy (ECON325)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      AimsThis module aims to familiarise students with rational choice and public choice theories and arguments, and with their applications in open economies and international political economy; theoretical concepts such as the Coase theorem, the Arrow impossibility theorem, and economic populism; key concepts of the New Institutional Economics and related applications to the theory of the firm; a modern economics’ view of globalisation; and the application of international political economy concepts to Latin America.

      The module also aims to deepen students'' understanding and awareness of the meaning and importance of national cultures, the relationship between rent seeking and protectionism; corruption; essential aspects of multinational corporations, foreign direct investment, and regulation; specific characteristics of the Argentine and Mexican economic policies and institutions and Chilean ‘exceptionalism’; and the possibility of applying ideas developed in this module to other geographical, national, regional and historical contexts.




      Learning OutcomesStudents will understand the concepts of rational choice and public choice in order to study aspects of a globalised world, which is in key respects different from that of elementary textbook models


      ​Students will gain a deep understanding of international business and the international political economy, in a way compatible with rigorous approaches to economic analysis

      ​Students will become familiar with theoretical concepts from rational choice and public choice theories, with emphasis on theories and models which apply to open economies in a context of globalisation

      ​Students will be able to apply these theoretical concepts in order to study some aspects of the political economy of international business.

      ​Students will be able to apply theoretical concepts to a Latin American case study.

      ​Students will be able to produce and deliver a coherent presentation.

    • Health Economics (ECON326)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to introduce third year economics students to the basic principles and tools of health economics. The module aims to show how the health care system differs from the economic textbook model of perfectly competitive markets. It will offer an overview of the issues of demand and supply for health care, supplier-induced demand, equity and inequality, health care financing and health insurance. It will emphasize the use of economic evaluation for assessing health care interventions as a way of making informed decisions in terms of costs and benefits.

      Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to recognize the main characteristics and important questions addressed in the health care market

      ​Students will be able to understand the main characteristics and differences of the type of studies used in economic evaluation

      ​Students will be able to examine economic evaluation papers and be able to identify and assess the main strengths and weaknesses of published studies

      ​Students will be able to understand the theoretical foundations of health economics

      ​Students will be able to understand the role of health economics in Health Technology Assessment

      ​Students will be able to assess the value of health economics in informing resource allocation decisions in both advanced and resource poor settings

    • Industrial Organisation (ECON333)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To apply the tools of microeconomics to the analysis of firms, markets and industries in order to understand the nature and consequences of the process of competition. These tools will also be applied to the evaluation of relevant government policy.  This will extend knowledge and skills of microeconomic analysis by covering recent advances in theory as well as empirical analysis of relevant microeconomic topics.

      Learning OutcomesStudents will be able to use economic principles, concepts and techniques to discuss and analyse government policy and economic performance with reference to standard frameworks in Industrial Organisation.

      ​Students will be able to apply standard frameworks, including verbal, graphical, mathematical and statistical representations of economic concepts and models, to explain and evaluate the effects of a range of competitive behaviours by firms and how they are influenced by economic incentives.

      ​Students will be able to analyse current issues and problems in business and industry.

      ​Students will be able to compare, contrast and critically evaluate alternative schools of thought in Industrial Organisation with reference to empirical evidence.

      ​Students will be able to conduct competent applied economic research by locating, selecting and analysing information relevant to the study of Industrial Organisation.


    • ​Students will be able to communicate effectively in writing and in accordance with a report specification

    • International Trade (ECON335)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
      Aims

      To develop an appreciation and understanding of basic principles determining the observed patterns of trade in the increasingly globalised world economy.

      Learning Outcomes

      After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

      understand the role of both absolute and comparative advantage in explaining observed patterns of trade in the global economy

      ​recognise both the strengths and limitations of the basic Ricardian approach

      ​understand the determinants of the terms of trade, in both theory and practice

      ​recognise the implications of the observed behaviour of the terms of trade for both developed and less developed economies

      appreciate the relationships between globalisation, economic performance ​

      critically evaluate the roles, achievements and failures of various international institutions in the context of international economic performance ​

    • Advanced Microeconomics (ECON342)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      This module aims to provide anunderstanding of the market failure resulting from asymmetric information. The course covers some of the canonical models of adverse selection and moral hazard focussing on the design of optimal contracts under informational asymmetries.
      Learning OutcomesSolvesimple economic models
      Understandunderlying assumptions

      ​Understandtheorems and key proofs

      Predictthe choices of economic agents​

    • Advanced Macroeconomics (ECON343)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      This module will build on the intermediate macroeconomics curriculum by developing some formal models in depth and widening the topics covered. The module will commence by considering the political economy perspective of macroeconomic processes. It will then proceed with an in-depth look at the Solow growth model, which will contain a full formal treatment. This will be followed by consideration of alternative views of the business cycle and lectures on the role of exchange rates and commodity prices.

      Learning Outcomes

      gained some proficiency in the use of formal modelling techniques.


       

      ​developed some perspective in judging the most common macroeconomic models against some alternative approaches

      ​able to discuss theoretical concepts in their political context.

    • Law and Economics (ECON360)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims

      This course does not require prior knowledge of the law, nor is itsobjective to teach students about the law. The main objective is to showstudents how they can apply the tools of economic analysis to understand thebasic structure and function of the law. The course focuses on the core commonlaw areas of torts, contracts, and property, along with a discussion of thelitigation process, the economics of crime, and antitrust law

      Learning Outcomes

      Students will be able to understand the use of economics to analyse the law

      ​Students will be able to understand the importance of the law in economics

      ​Students will be able to understand the use of model in law and economics

      ​Students will be able to develop the ability to do a positive analysis of liability rules

    • Further Methods of Applied Mathematics (MATH323)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To give an insight into some specific methods for solving important types of ordinary differential equations.

      To provide a basic understanding of the Calculus of Variations and to illustrate the techniques using simple examples in a variety of areas in mathematics and physics.

      To build on the students'' existing knowledge of partial differential equations of first and second order.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should be able to:

      -     use the method of "Variation of Arbitrary Parameters" to find the solutions of some inhomogeneous ordinary differential equations.

      -     solve simple integral extremal problems including cases with constraints;

      -     classify a system of simultaneous 1st-order linear partial differential equations, and to find the Riemann invariants and general or specific solutions in appropriate cases;

      -     classify 2nd-order linear partial differential equations and, in appropriate cases, find general or specific solutions.   [This might involve a practical understanding of a variety of mathematics tools; e.g. conformal mapping and Fourier transforms.]

    • Cartesian Tensors and Mathematical Models of Solids and VIscous Fluids (MATH324)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To provide an introduction to the mathematical theory of viscous fluid flows and solid elastic materials. Cartesian tensors are first introduced. This is followed by modelling of the mechanics of continuous media. The module includes particular examples of the flow of a viscous fluid as well as a variety of problems of linear elasticity.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module, students should be able to understand and actively use the basic concepts of continuum mechanics such as stress, deformation and constitutive relations, and apply mathematical methods for analysis of problems involving the flow of viscous fluid or behaviour of solid elastic materials.

    • Quantum Mechanics (MATH325)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      The development of Quantum Mechanics, requiring as it did revolutionary changes in our understanding of the nature of reality, was arguably the greatest conceptual achievement of all time.  The aim of the module is to lead the student to an understanding of the way that relatively simple mathemactics (in modern terms) led Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg and others to a radical change and improvement in our understanding of the microscopic world.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should be able to solve Schrodinger''s equation for simple systems, and have some intuitive understanding of the significance of quantum mechanics for both elementary systems and the behaviour of matter.

    • Population Dynamics (MATH332)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      - To provide a theoretical basis for the understanding of population ecology

      - To explore the classical models of population dynamics

      - To learn basic techniques of qualitative analysis of mathematical models

      Learning Outcomes

      ​The ability to relate the predictions of the mathematical models to experimental results obtained in the field.

      The ability to recognise the limitations of mathematical modelling in understanding the mechanics of complex biological systems.

      The ability to use analytical and graphical methods to investigate population growth and the stability of equilibrium states for continuous-time and discrete-time models of ecological systems.​

    • Group Theory (MATH343)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
      Aims

      To introduce the basic techniques of finite group theory with the objective of explaining the ideas needed to solve classification results.

      Learning Outcomes

      Understanding of abstract algebraic systems (groups) by concrete, explicit realisations (permutations, matrices, Mobius transformations).

      ​The ability to understand and explain classification results to users of group theory.

      ​The understanding of connections of the subject with other areas of Mathematics.

      ​To have a general understanding of the origins and history of the subject.

    • Combinatorics (MATH344)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
      Aims

      To provide an introduction to the problems and methods of Combinatorics, particularly to those areas of the subject with the widest applications such as pairings problems, the inclusion-exclusion principle, recurrence relations, partitions and the elementary theory of symmetric functions.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should be able to:    

      -           understand of the type of problem to which the methods of Combinatorics apply, and model these problems;

      -           solve counting and arrangement problems;

      -           solve general recurrence relations using the generating function method;

      -           appreciate the elementary theory of partitions and its application to the study of symmetric functions.

    • Analysis and Number Theory (MATH351)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To provide an introduction to uniform distribution modulo one as a meeting ground for other branches of pure mathematics such as topology, analysis and number theory.

      To give an idea of how these subjects work together in this context to shape modern analysis by focusing on one particular rich context.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should be able to:

      understand completions and irrationality;

      understand diophantine approximation and its relation to uniform distribution;

      appreciate that analysis has a complex unity and to have a feel for basic computations in analysis.

      calculate rational approximations to real and p adic numbers and to put this to use in number theoretic situations.

      calculate approximations to functions from families of simpler functions e.g. continuous functions by polynomials and step functions by trigonometric sums.

      work with basic tools from analysis, like Fourier series and continuous functions to prove distributional properties of sequences of numbers.

    • Applied Probability (MATH362)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To give examples of empirical phenomena for which stochastic processes provide suitable mathematical models. To provide an introduction to the methods of probabilistic model building for ‘‘dynamic" events occuring over time. To familiarise students with an important area of probability modelling.

      Learning Outcomes

      1. Knowledge and Understanding

      After the module, students should have a basic understanding of:

      (a) some basic models in discrete and continuous time Markov chains such as random walk and Poisson processes

      (b) important subjects like transition matrix, equilibrium distribution, limiting behaviour etc. of Markov chain

      (c) special properties of the simple finite state discrete time Markov chain and Poisson processes, and perform calculations using these.

      2. Intellectual Abilities

      After the module, students should be able to:

      (a) formulate appropriate situations as probability models: random processes

      (b) demonstrate knowledge of standard models

      (c) demonstrate understanding of the theory underpinning simple dynamical systems

      3. General Transferable Skills

      (a) numeracy through manipulation and interpretation of datasets

      (b) communication through presentation of written work and preparation of diagrams

      (c) problem solving through tasks set in tutorials

      (d) time management in the completion of practicals and the submission of assessed work

      (e) choosing, applying and interpreting results of probability techniques for a range of different problems.

    • Linear Statistical Models (MATH363)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      ·      to understand how regression methods for continuous data extend to include multiple continuous and categorical predictors, and categorical response variables.

      ·      to provide an understanding of how this class of models forms the basis for the analysis of experimental and also observational studies.

      ·      to understand generalized linear models.

      ·      to develop familiarity with the computer package SPSS.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should be able to:

              understand the rationale and assumptions of linear regression and analysis of variance.

      ·      understand the rationale and assumptions of generalized linear models.

      ·      recognise the correct analysis for a given experiment.

      ·      carry out and interpret linear regressions and analyses of variance, and derive appropriate theoretical results.

      ·      carry out and interpret analyses involving generalised linear models and derive appropriate theoretical results.

      ·      perform linear regression, analysis of variance and generalised linear model analysis using the SPSS computer package.

    • Measure Theory and Probability (MATH365)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
      Aims

      The main aim is to provide a sufficiently deepintroduction to measure theory and to the Lebesgue theory of integration. Inparticular, this module aims to provide a solid background for the modernprobability theory, which is essential for Financial Mathematics.

      Learning Outcomes

      ​After completing the module students should be ableto:

      ​master the basic results about measures and measurable functions;

      master the basic results about Lebesgue integrals and their properties;

      ​​​​to understand deeply the rigorous foundations ofprobability theory;

      ​to know certain applications of measure theoryto probability, random processes, and financial mathematics.

    • Networks in Theory and Practice (MATH367)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To develop an appreciation of network models for real world problems.

      To describe optimisation methods to solve them.

      To study a range of classical problems and techniques related to network models.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should

       .      be able to model problems in terms of networks.

      ·      be able to apply effectively a range of exact and heuristic optimisation techniques.

    • Chaos and Dynamical Systems (MATH322)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To develop expertise in dynamical systems in general and study particular systems in detail.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should be able to:

      understand the possible behaviour of dynamical systems with particular attention to chaotic motion;

        

      ​be familiar with techniques for extracting fixed points and exploring the behaviour near such fixed points;

      ​understand how fractal sets arise and how to characterise them.

    • Relativity (MATH326)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To impart

      (i)              a firm grasp of the physical principles behind Special and General Relativity and their main consequences;

      (ii)           technical competence in the mathematical framework of the subjects - Lorentz transformation, coordinate transformations and geodesics in Riemann space;

      (iii)          knowledge of some of the classical tests of General Relativity - perihelion shift, gravitational deflection of light;

      (iv)          basic concepts of black holes and (if time) relativistic cosmology.

      Learning Outcomes

      After  completing this module students should

      (i)              understand why space-time forms a non-Euclidean four-dimensional manifold;

      (ii)           be proficient at calculations involving Lorentz transformations, energy-momentum conservation, and the Christoffel symbols.

      (iii)          understand the arguments leading to the Einstein''s field equations and how Newton''s law of gravity arises as a limiting case.

      (iv) be able to calculate the trajectories of bodies in a Schwarzschild space-time.

    • Mathematical Economics (MATH331)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      ·      To explore, from a game-theoretic point of view, models which have been used to understand phenomena in which conflict and cooperation occur.

      ·      To see the relevance of the theory not only to parlour games but also to situations involving human relationships, economic bargaining (between trade union and employer, etc), threats, formation of coalitions, war, etc..

      ·      To treat fully a number of specific games including the famous examples of "The Prisoners'' Dilemma" and "The Battle of the Sexes".

      ·      To treat in detail two-person zero-sum and non-zero-sum games.

      ·      To give a brief review of n-person games.

      ·      In microeconomics, to look at exchanges in the absence of money, i.e. bartering, in which two individuals or two groups are involved.   To see how the Prisoner''s Dilemma arises in the context of public goods.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should:

      ·      Have further extended their appreciation of the role of mathematics in modelling in Economics and the Social Sciences.

      ·      Be able to formulate, in game-theoretic terms, situations of conflict and cooperation.

      ·      Be able to solve mathematically a variety of standard problems in the theory of games.

      ·      To understand the relevance of such solutions in real situations.

    • Riemann Surfaces (MATH340)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To introduce to a beautiful theory at the core of modern mathematics. Students will learn how to handle some abstract geometric notions from an elementary point of view that relies on the theory of holomorphic functions. This will provide those who aim to continue their studies in mathematics with an invaluable source of examples, and those who plan to leave the subject with the example of a modern axiomatic mathematical theory.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students should be familiar with themost basic examples of Riemann surfaces: the Riemann sphere, hyperelliptic Riemann surfaces, and smooth plane algebraic curves.

      Students should understand and be able to use the abstract notions used to build the theory: holomorphic maps, meromorphic differentials, residues and integrals, Euler characteristic and genus.


    • Number Theory (MATH342)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To give an account of elementary number theory with use of certain algebraic methods and to apply the concepts to problem solving.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing this module students should be able to understand and solve a wide range of problems about the integers, and have a better understanding of the properties of prime numbers.

    • The Magic of Complex Numbers: Complex Dynamics, Chaos and the Mandelbrot Set (MATH345)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims1. To introduce students to the theory of the iteration of functions of one complex variable, and its fundamental objects;
      2. To introduce students to some topics of current and recent research in the field;
      3. To study various advanced results from complex analysis, and show how to apply these in a dynamical setting;
      4. To illustrate that many results in complex analysis are "magic", in that there is no reason to expect them in a real-variable context, and the implications of this in complex dynamics;
      5. To explain how complex-variable methods have been instrumental in questions purely about real-valued one-dimensional dynamical systems, such as the logistic family.
      6. To deepen students'' appreciations for formal reasoning and proof.

      After completing the module, students should be able to:
      1.    understand the compactification of the complex plane to the Riemann sphere, and use spherical distances and derivatives.

      2.    use Möbius transformations to transform the Riemann sphere and to normalise complex dynamical systems.
      3.    state and apply the definitions of Julia and Fatou sets of polynomials, and understand their basic properties.
      4.    determine whether points with simple orbits, such as certain periodic points, belong to the Julia set or the Fatou set.
      5.    apply advanced results from complex analysis in the setting of complex dynamics.
      6.    determine whether certain types of quadratic polynomials belong to the Mandelbrot set or not.

      Learning Outcomes

      will ​understand the compactification of the complex plane to the Riemann sphere, and be able to use spherical distances and derivatives

      ​will be able to use Möbius transformations to transform the Riemann sphere and to normalise complex dynamical systems

      ​will be able to state and apply the definitions of Julia and Fatou sets of polynomials, and understand their basic properties

      will be able to ​determine whether points with simple orbits, such as certain periodic points, belong to the Julia set or the Fatou set

      will know how to ​apply advanced results from complex analysis in a dynamical setting

      will be able to ​determine whether certain types of quadratic polynomials belong to the Mandelbrot set or not

    • Differential Geometry (MATH349)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
      Aims

                     

      This module is designed to provide an introduction to the methods of differential geometry, applied in concrete situations to the study of curves and surfaces in euclidean 3-space.  While forming a self-contained whole, it will also provide a basis for further study of differential geometry, including Riemannian geometry and applications to science and engineering.

      Learning Outcomes

      1. Knowledge and understanding

      After the module, students should have a basic understanding of

      a) invariants used to describe the shape of explicitly given curves and surfaces,

      b) special curves on surfaces,

      c) the difference between extrinsically defined properties and those which depend only on the surface metric,

      d) understanding the passage from local to global properties exemplified by the Gauss-Bonnet Theorem.

      2. Intellectual abilities

      After the module, students should be able to

      a) use differential calculus to discover geometric properties of explicitly given curves and surface,

      b) understand the role played by special curves on surfaces.

      3. Subject-based practical skills

      Students should learn to

      a) compute invariants of curves and surfaces,

      b) interpret the invariants of curves and surfaces as indicators of their geometrical properties.

      4. General transferable skills

      Students will improve their ability to

      a) think logically about abstract concepts,

      b) combine theory with examples in a meaningful way.

    • Applied Stochastic Models (MATH360)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      To give examples of empirical phenomena for which stochastic processes provide suitable mathematical models. To provide an introduction to the methods of stochastic model building for ''dynamic'' events occurring over time or space. To enable further study of the theory of stochastic processes by using this course as a base.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should have a grounding in the theory of continuous-time Markov chains and diffusion processes. They should be able to solve corresponding problems arising in epidemiology, mathematical biology, financial mathematics, etc.

    • Theory of Statistical Inference (MATH361)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
      Aims

      To introduce some of the concepts and principles which provide theoretical underpinning for the various statistical methods, and, thus, to consolidate the theory behind the other second year and third year statistics options.

      Learning Outcomes

      After completing the module students should have a good understanding of the classical approach to, and especially the likelihood methods for, statistical inference. 

      The students should also gain an appreciation of the blossoming area of Bayesian approach to inference

    • Medical Statistics (MATH364)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
      Aims

      The aims of this module are to:

      • demonstrate the purpose of medical statistics and the role it plays in the control of disease and promotion of health
      • explore different epidemiological concepts and study designs
      • apply statistical methods learnt in other programmes, and some new concepts, to medical problems and practical epidemiological research
      • enable further study of the theory of medical statistics by using this module as a base.
      Learning Outcomes

      identify the types of problems encountered in medical statistics

      demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of different epidemiological study designs

      apply appropriate statistical methods to problems arising in epidemiology and interpret results

      explain and apply statistical techniques used in survival analysis

        critically evaluate statistical issues in the design and analysis of clinical trials

        discuss statistical issues related to systematic review and apply appropriate methods of meta-analysis

          ​apply Bayesian methods to simple medical problems.

        • Mathematical Risk Theory (MATH366)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
          Aims

           to provide an understanding of the mathematical risk theory used in the study process of actuarial interest,

           to provide an introduction to mathematical methods for managing the risk in insurance and finance (calculation of risk measures/quantities),

           to develop skills of calculating the ruin probability and the total claim amount distribution in some non‐life actuarial risk models with applications to insurance industry,

           to prepare the students adequately and to develop their skills in order to be ready to sit for the exams of CT6 subject of the Institute of Actuaries (MATH366 covers 50% of CT6 in much more depth).

          Learning Outcomes

          After completing the module students should be able to:

          (a) Define the loss/risk function and explain intuitively the meaning of it, describe and determine optimal strategies of game theory, apply the decision criteria''s, be able to decide a model due to certain model selection criterion, describe and perform calculations with Minimax and Bayes rules.

          (b) Understand the concept (and the mathematical assumptions) of the sums of independent random variables, derive the distribution function and the moment generating function of finite sums of independent random variables,

          (c) Define and explain the compound Poisson risk model, the compound binomial risk model, the compound geometric risk model and be able to derive the distribution function, the probability function, the mean, the variance, the moment generating function and the probability generating function for exponential/mixture of exponential severities and gamma (Erlang) severities, be able to calculate the distribution of sums of independent compound Poisson random variables.

          (d) Understand the use of convolutions and compute the distribution function and the probability function of the compound risk model for aggregate claims using convolutions and recursion relationships ,

          (e) Define the stop‐loss reinsurance and calculate the (mean) stop‐loss premium for exponential and mixtures of exponential severities, be able to compare the original premium and the stoploss premium in numerical examples,

          (f) Understand and be able to use Panjer''s equation when the number of claims belongs to the
          R(a, b, 0) class of distributions, use the Panjer''s recursion in order to derive/evaluate the probability function for the total aggregate claims,

          (g) Explain intuitively the individual risk model, be able to calculate the expected losses (as well as the variance) of group life/non‐life insurance policies when the benefits of the each person of the group are assumed to have deterministic variables,

          (h) Derive a compound Poisson approximations for a group of insurance policies (individual risk model as approximation),

          (i) Understand/describe the classical surplus process ruin model and calculate probabilities of the number of the risks appearing in a specific time period, under the assumption of the Poisson process,

          (j) Derive the moment generating function of the classical compound Poisson surplus process, calculate and explain the importance of the adjustment coefficient, also be able to make use of Lundberg''s inequality for exponential and mixtures of exponential claim severities,

          (k) Derive the analytic solutions for the probability of ruin, psi(u), by solving the corresponding integro‐differential equation for exponential and mixtures of exponential claim amount severities,

          (l) Define the discrete time surplus process and be able to calculate the infinite ruin probability, psi(u,t) in numerical examples (using convolutions),

          (m) Derive Lundberg''s equation and explain the importance of the adjustment coefficient under the consideration of reinsurance schemes,

          (n) Understand the concept of delayed claims and the need for reserving, present claim data as a triangle (most commonly used method), be able to fill in the lower triangle by comparing present data with past (experience) data,

          (o) Explain the difference and adjust the chain ladder method, when inflation is considered,

          (p) Describe the average cost per claim method and project ultimate claims, calculate the required reserve (by using the claims of the data table),

          (q) Use loss ratios to estimate the eventual loss and hence outstanding claims,

          (r) Describe the Bornjuetter‐Ferguson method (be able to understand the combination of the estimated loss ratios with a projection method), use the aforementioned method to calculate the revised ultimate losses (by making use of the credibility factor).

        • Numerical Analysis for Financial Mathematics (MATH371)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
          Aims

          1.

          To provide basic background in solving mathematical problems numerically, including understanding of stability and convergence of approximations to exact solution.

          2.

          To acquaint students with two standard methods of derivative pricing: recombining trees and Monte Carlo algorithms.

          3.

          To familiarize students with implementation of numerical methods in a high level programming language.

          Learning Outcomes

           

          Awareness of the major issues when solving mathematical problems numerically.

           

           

           

           

           

           

          Ability to analyse a simple numerical method for convergence and stability

          Ability to formulate approximations to derivative pricing problems numerically.

          ​Ability to program matlab for pricing options

        • Time Series and Its Applications in Economics (MATH372)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterSecond Semester
          Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
          Aims

          1.

          Give students an understanding of econometric time-series methodology.

          2.

          Give students an understanding of important extensions include volatility models of financial time-series and multivariate (multiple equations) models such as vector error correction and related co-integrating error correction models.

          3.

          Present interesting applications that econometric time-series methodology can be applied.

          Learning Outcomes

           

          To be able to specify and demonstrate the distributional characteristics of a range of time series models

           

           

           

           

           

           

          To be able to estimate appropriate models of financial and economic time series for the purposes of forecasting and inference

          To be able to apply univariate and multivariate model selection and evaluation methods

          To be able to accommodate conditional heteroskedasticity, unit roots and cointegration in economic and financial time series analysis
        • Projects in Mathematics (MATH399)
          Level3
          Credit level15
          SemesterWhole Session
          Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
          Aims

          a) To study in depth an area of pure mathematics and report on it; or

          b) To construct and study mathematical models of a chosen problem; or

          c) To demonstrate a critical understanding and historical appreciation of some branch of mathematics by means of directed reading and preparation of a report.; or

          d) To study in depth a particular problem in statistics, probability or operational research.

          Learning Outcomes

          a) (Pure Maths option) - After completing the report with suitable guidance the student should have

          · gained a greater understanding of the chosen mathematical topic

          · gained experience in applying his/her mathematical skills

          · had experience in consulting relevant literature

          · learned how to construct a written project report

          · had experience in making an oral presentation

          b) (Applied Mathematics) - After completing the project with suitable guidance the students should have:

          - learned strategies for simple model building

          - gained experience in choosing and using appropriate mathematics

          - understood the nature of approximations used

          - made critical appraisal of results

          - had experience in consulting related relevant literature

          - learned how to construct a written project report

          - had experience in making an oral presentation.

          c) (Applied Maths/Theoretical Physics) - After researching and preparing the mathematical essay the student should have:

          · gained a greater understanding of the chosen mathematical topic

          · gained an appreciation of the historical context

          · learned how to abstract mathematical concepts and explain them

          · had experience in consulting related relevant literature

          · learned how to construct a written project report

          · had experience in making an oral presentation.

          d) (Statistics, Probability and Operational Research) -

          After completing the project the student should have:

          · gained an in-depth understanding of the chosen topic

          · had experience in consulting relevant literature

          · learned how to construct a written project report;

          · had experience in making an oral presentation.

          e) Mathematics in Society Projects. Only available to G1X3 students

          Students interested in doing such a project should see Dr A Pratoussevitch and Dr T Eckl initially.

        The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


        Teaching and Learning

        Your learning activities will consist of lectures, tutorials, practical classes, problem classes, private study and supervised project work. In Year One, lectures are supplemented by a thorough system of group tutorials and computing work is carried out in supervised practical classes. Key study skills, presentation skills and group work start in first-year tutorials and are developed later in the programme. The emphasis in most modules is on the development of problem solving skills, which are regarded very highly by employers. Project supervision is on a one-to-one basis, apart from group projects in Year Two.


        Assessment

        Most modules are assessed by a two and a half hour examination in January or May, but many have an element of coursework assessment. This might be through homework, class tests, mini-project work or key skills exercises.