MPhil/PhD in Mathematics

Programme code: RPMA

In addition to progressing with their research, students are expected to take the listed training and transferable skills courses.  Students may take courses in addition to those listed, and should discuss this with their supervisor.

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Year 1

Training courses - Compulsory (not examined)
Courses designed for research students in Mathematics, chosen in consultation with their lead supervisor. Discrete Mathematics and Algorithms and Game Theory students  will attend four courses organised by the London Taught Course Centre (www.ltcc.ac.uk), but there are separate arrangements for students in Financial Mathematics, where courses are provided by the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance (www.londonmathfinance.org.uk). Students also have the option of attending or auditing LSE Taught Masters modules, where appropriate.

Transferable skills courses - Compulsory (not examined)
MA500   Mathematics Seminar - students required to attend.
MA501   Research Student Seminar - students to attend and to make presentations.

Optional (not examined)
MA422   Research Topics in Financial Mathematics

Year 2

Training courses - Optional (not examined)
Students have the option of attending advanced courses organized by the London Taught Course Centre or the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance

Transferable skills courses - Compulsory (not examined)
MA500   Mathematics Seminar
MA501   Research Student Seminar

Optional (not examined)
MA422   Research Topics in Financial Mathematics

Year 3

Training courses - Optional (not examined)
Students have the option of attending advanced courses organized by the London Taught Course Centre or the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance

Transferable skills courses - Compulsory (not examined)
MA500   Mathematics Seminar
MA501   Research Student Seminar

Optional (not examined)
MA422   Research Topics in Financial Mathematics

Year 4

Training courses - Optional (not examined)
Students have the option of attending advanced courses organized by the London Taught Course Centre or the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance

Transferable skills courses - Compulsory (not examined)
MA500   Mathematics Seminar
MA501   Research Student Seminar

Optional (not examined)
MA422 Research Topics in Financial Mathematics

Teaching opportunities
All students are offered the opportunity to teach for the department, subject to a successful interview and language requirements.

Progression and upgrade requirements
Students are initially registered for the MPhil, and will be able to upgrade to PhD registration during their second year, dependent on satisfactory progress. Progress is assessed regularly by the student's supervisors, in consultation with the Doctoral Programme Director, on the basis of the extent to which the agreed research goals have been achieved. Any upgrade is dependent on the successful completion of a Major Review, the date of which is determined by the Doctoral Programme Director in consultation with the lead supervisor.