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Seminars and training

Taught Academic Courses

Mathematical science courses are provided by the School of Mathematical Sciences and also by the London Taught Course Centre (LTCC) for PhD students in the Mathematical Sciences. Courses start from late September onwards and you should check start dates early.

See the following pages for more details of modules provided by the School: undergraduate modules; MSc Mathematics modules. Note that some modules are taken by both undergraduates and postgraduates and so may occur in more than one of these lists.

All first year research students in the School must attend, and be examined on, postgraduate courses to a total of 30 credits. As part of this, all first year PhD students in the Mathematics Research Centre are required to take at least four modules at the LTCC. LTCC modules each count as 7.5 credits for these purposes, and a typical MSc module counts as 15 credits. Exceptions may be made for students who have already taken relevant postgraduate courses.

You should discuss with your supervisor which courses you should attend soon after you arrive. Sometimes it may be beneficial to take more than the minimum quota of postgraduate courses, up to a maximum of 60 credits. You should then contact the Module Convener to confirm that you can take the module, and agree an assessment method. The Postgraduate Research Programmes Officer (Mike Witcombe) should be informed early in the academic year of the courses being taken. Include your exam results in the end of year report (see "Assessment and progression").

Seminars

As a PhD research student in mathematics or statistics, you are expected to attend the regular seminars and discussion or study groups run by relevant research groups. You are also encouragedto attend the Queen Mary Internal Postgraduate Seminar (QuIPS) which is a series of talks organised and given by postgraduate students in the Mathematics Research Centre.

Most seminars held in the School of Mathematical Sciences are preceded by tea and coffee available in the Common Room (room 102) and/or by refreshments afterwards. There are numerous seminar series held jointly with other London institutions. Talk to your supervisor and others in your research area to investigate seminars and conferences of interest. All Research Council sponsored students should attend a subsidised Research Council Graduate School during their second or third year. Other students may also wish to investigate this possibility.

Skills and training

Research Councils recommend that postgraduate students undertake 10 days worth of transferable skills training per year. This can include computer skills, mathematical typesetting, language skills, communication skills and many other areas. You are expected to keep a record of all the courses and conferences you attend and record it on the School’s Personal Development Plan form at the end of each year. You can find the form on the postgraduate web pages.

The Doctoral College provides cross-faculty training to PhD students from across the University. You can access information on training courses run centrally through the Doctoral College on their website. You can also find information on courses run internally by the School of Mathematical Sciences (the 'Postgraduate Training and Mentorship Seminar') through regular emails sent to all PhD students in the School.

The School of Mathematical Sciences holds a Postgraduate Research Day each year in May. All third year research students give short talks on their research and all second year research students enter a poster in the Ann Cook Poster Competition. Both activities have been found to be very useful training opportunities by those who have taken part, whatever their intended careers.

London Taught Course Centre

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary is part of the consortium of universities that form the London Taught Course Centre (LTCC).

The LTCC was formed to foster the training of doctoral research students in the Mathematical Sciences. Its courses cover the areas of Statistics, Applied and Pure Mathematics, with the goals of providing students with an overview of these areas, and of acquiring a working knowledge of classical results and recent developments in their own broad research fields but outside the specialised domains of their individual research projects. There is a wide range of expertise among the staff of the institutions currently in the LTCC consortium: UCL, Queen Mary, Imperial College (Statistics), King's College, LSE, City, Kent and Brunel.

For more information about the research interests of staff members in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary, please visit the pages for the appropriate research group through our Research page.