Postgraduate Research Courses

Postgraduate Research Courses

Doctor of Philosophy

A minimum period of 3 years full time study, or of duration by arrangement for part time study. Study takes place under the direction of a member of staff (supervisor) whose work is in the area of research interest of the student. It is possible to do a PhD in Mathematics or Statistics combined with another subject. (e.g. Maths/Music, Maths/Medicine, Maths/Economics); this may require two or more supervisors.

Content
A significant original contribution to the chosen area of research culminating in the writing and submission of a thesis in English.

During their first year students are required to attend and will be assessed on selected taught courses.  For further information on these courses please refer to The Scottish Mathematical Sciences Training Centre (SMSTC) and the School's list of  postgraduate courses.

Prerequisite
A first or upper second class UK degree, or overseas equivalent, in a suitable discipline, normally mathematics or statistics.

Assessment
By thesis consisting substantially of original mathematics/statistical methodology to be assessed by an internal and an external examiner. The thesis must normally be defended in an oral examination.


Master of Science by Research

Between 1 and 2 years for full time study or between 2 and 3 years for part time study under the direction of a member of staff (supervisor).

Content
The award of the degree is based on a thesis on a topic chosen in collaboration with a supervisor. The thesis may be a record of original research, a critical review of existing knowledge or a mixture of both.

Prerequisite
A first or upper second class UK degree, or overseas equivalent, in a suitable discipline, normally mathematics or statistics.

Assessment
By thesis assessed by an internal and an external examiner. The thesis does not always require an oral defense.