Mathematics MSc dissertations

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics was host until 2014 to the MSc course in the Mathematics of Scientific and Industrial Computation (previously known as Numerical Solution of Differential Equations) and the  MSc course in Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere and Oceans. A selection of dissertation titles are listed below, some of which are available online:

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2014: Mathematics of Scientific and Industrial Computation

Amanda Hynes - Slow and superfast diffusion of contaminant species through porous media

2014: Applicable and Numerical Mathematics

Emine Akkus - Estimating forecast error covariance matrices with ensembles

Rabindra Gurung - Numerical solution of an ODE system arising in photosynthesis

2013: Mathematics of Scientific and Industrial Computation

Zeinab Zargar - Modelling of Hot Water Flooding as an Enhanced Oil Recovery Method

Siti Mazulianawati Haji Majid - Numerical Approximation of Similarity in Nonlinear Diffusion Equations

2013: Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere and Oceans

Yu Chau Lam - Drag and Momentum Fluxes Produced by Mountain Waves

Josie Dodd - A Moving Mesh Approach to Modelling the Grounding Line in Glaciology

2012: Mathematics of Scientific and Industrial Computation

Chris Louder - Mathematical Techniques of Image Processing

Jonathan Muir - Flux Modelling of Polynyas

Naomi Withey - Computer Simulations of Dipolar Fluids Using Ewald Summations

2012: Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere and Oceans

Jean-Francois Vuillaume - Numerical prediction of flood plains using a Lagrangian approach

2011: Mathematics of Scientific and Industrial Computation

Tudor Ciochina - The Closest Point Method

Theodora Eleftheriou - Moving Mesh Methods Using Monitor Functions for the Porous Medium Equation

Melios Michael - Self-Consistent Field Calculations on a Variable Resolution Grid

2011: Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere and Oceans

Peter Barnet - Rain Drop Growth by Collision and Coalescence

Matthew Edgington - Moving Mesh Methods for Semi-Linear Problems

Samuel Groth - Light Scattering by Penetrable Convex Polygons

Charlotte Kong - Comparison of Approximate Riemann Solvers

Amy Jackson - Estimation of Parameters in Traffic Flow Models Using Data Assimilation

Bruce Main - Solving Richards' Equation Using Fixed and Moving Mesh Schemes

Justin Prince - Fast Diffusion in Porous Media

Carl Svoboda - Reynolds Averaged Radiative Transfer Model

2010: Mathematics of Scientific and Industrial Computation

Tahnia Appasawmy - Wave Reflection and Trapping in a Two Dimensional Duct

Nicholas Bird - Univariate Aspects of Covariance Modelling within Operational Atmospheric Data Assimilation

Michael Conland - Numerical Approximation of a Quenching Problem

Katy Shearer - Mathematical Modelling of the regulation and uptake of dietary fats

Peter Westwood - A Moving Mesh Finite Element Approach for the Cahn-Hilliard Equation

Kam Wong - Accuracy of a Moving Mesh Numerical Method applied to the Self-similar Solution of Nonlinear PDEs

2010: Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere and Oceans

James Barlow - Computation and Analysis of Baroclinic Rossby Wave Rays in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Martin Conway - Heat Transfer in a Buried Pipe

Simon Driscoll - The Earth's Atmospheric Angular Momentum Budget and its Representation in Reanalysis Observation Datasets and Climate Models

George Fitton - A Comparative Study of Computational Methods in Cosmic Gas Dynamics Continued

Fay Luxford - Skewness of Atmospheric Flow Associated with a Wobbling Jetstream

Jesse Norris - A Semi-Analytic Approach to Baroclinic Instability on the African Easterly Jet

Robert J. Smith - Minimising Time-Stepping Errors in Numerical Models of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Amandeep Virdi - The Influence of the Agulhas Leakage on the Overturning Circulation from Momentum Balances

2009: Mathematics of Scientific and Industrial Computation

Charlotta Howarth - Integral Equation Formulations for Scattering Problems

David Fairbairn - Comparison of the Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter with the Ensemble Transform Kalman Smoother

Mark Payne - Mathematical Modelling of Platelet Signalling PathwaysMesh Generation and its application to Finite Element Methods

Mary Pham - Mesh Generation and its application to Finite Element Methods

Sarah Cole - Blow-up in a Chemotaxis Model Using a Moving Mesh Method

2009: Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere and Oceans

Danila Volpi - Estimation of parameters in traffic flow models using data assimilation

Dale Partridge - Analysis and Computation of a Simple Glacier Model using Moving Grids

David MacLeod - Evaluation of precipitation over the Middle East and Mediterranean in high resolution climate models

Joanne Pocock - Ensemble Data Assimilation: How Many Members Do We Need?

Neeral Shah - Impact and implications of climate variability and change on glacier mass balance in Kenya

Tomos Roberts - Non-oscillatory interpolation for the Semi-Lagrangian scheme

Zak Kipling - Error growth in medium-range forecasting models

Zoe Gumm - Bragg Resonance by Ripple Beds

2008: Mathematics of Scientific and Industrial Computation

Muhammad Akram - Linear and Quadratic Finite Elements for a Moving Mesh Method

Andrew Ash - Examination of non-Time Harmonic Radio Waves Incident on Plasmas

Cassandra Moran - Harbour modelling and resonances

Elena Panti - Boundary Element Method for Heat Transfer in a Buried Pipe

Juri Parrinello - Modelling water uptake in rice using moving meshes

Ashley Twigger - Blow-up in the Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation Using an Adaptive Mesh Method

Chloe Ward - Numerical Evaluation of Oscillatory Integrals

Christopher Warner - Forward and Inverse Water-Wave Scattering by Topography

2008: Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere and Oceans

Fawzi Al Busaidi - Fawzi_Albusaidi

Christopher Bowden - A First Step Towards the Calculation of a Connectivity Matrix for the Great Barrier Reef

Evangelia-Maria Giannakopoulou - Flood Prediction and Uncertainty

Victoria Heighton - 'Every snowflake is different'

Thomas Jordan - Does Self-Organised Criticality Occur in the Tropical Convective System?

Gillian Morrison - Numerical Modelling of Tidal Bores using a Moving Mesh

Rachel Pritchard - Evaluation of Fractional Dispersion Models

2007: Numerical solution of differential equations

Tamsin Lee - New methods for approximating acoustic wave transmission through ducts (PDF 2.5MB)

Lee Morgan - Anomalous diffusion (PDF-1.5MB)

Keith Pham -  Finite element modelling of multi-asset barrier options (PDF-3MB)

Alastair Radcliffe -  Finite element modelling of the atmosphere using the shallow water equations (PDF-2.5MB)

Sanita Vetra - The computation of spectral representations for evolution PDE (PDF-3.2MB)

2007: Mathematical and numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans

Laura Baker - Properties of the ensemble Kalman filter (PDF-3.8MB)

Alison Brass - A moving mesh method for the discontinuous Galerkin finite element technique (PDF-916KB)

Daniel Lucas - Application of the phase/amplitude method to the study of trapped waves in the atmosphere and oceans (PDF-1.1MB)

Duduzile Nhlengethwa - Petrol or diesel (PDF-1MB)

Rhiannon Roberts - Modelling glacier flow (PDF-406KB)

David Skinner -  A moving mesh finite element method for the shallow water equations (PDF-4.3MB)

Jovan Stojsavljevic - Investigation of waiting times in non-linear diffusion equations using a moving mesh method (PDF-538KB)

2006: Numerical solution of differential equations

Bonhi Bhattacharya - A moving finite element method for high order nonlinear diffusion problems

Jonathan Coleman - High frequency boundary element methods for scattering by complex polygons

Rachael England - The use of numerical methods in solving pricing problems for exotic financial derivatives with a stochastic volatility

Stefan King - Best fits with adjustable nodes and scale invariance

Edmund Ridley - Analysis of integral operators from scattering problems

Nicholas Robertson - A moving Lagrangian mesh model of a lava dome volcano and talus slope

2006: Mathematical and numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans

Iain Davison - Scale analysis of short term forecast errors

Richard Silveira - Electromagnetic scattering by simple ice crystal shapes

Nicola Stone - Development of a simplified adaptive finite element model of the Gulf Stream

Halina Watson - The behaviour of 4-D Var for a highly nonlinear system

2005: Numerical solution of differential equations

Jonathan Aitken - Data dependent mesh generation for peicewise linear interpolation

Stephen Arden - A collocation method for high frequency scattering by convex polygons

Shaun Benbow - Numerical methods for american options

Stewart Chidlow - Approximations to linear wave scattering by topography using an integral equation approach

Philip McLaughlin - Outdoor sound propagation and the boundary element method

Antonis Neochoritis - Numerical modelling of islands and capture zone size distributions in thin film growth

Kylie Osman - Numerical schemes for a non-linear diffusion problem

Shaun Potticary - Efficient evaluation of highly oscillatory integrals

Martyn Taylor - Investigation into how the reduction of length scales affects the flow of viscoelastic fluid in parallel plate geometries

Aanand Venkatramanan - American spread option pricing

2005: Mathematical and numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans

Richard Fruehmann - Ageostrophic wind storms in the central Caspian sea

Gemma Furness - Using optimal estimation theory for improved rainfall rates from polarization radar

Edward Hawkins - Vorticity extremes in numerical simulations of 2-D geostrophic turbulence

Robert Horton - Two dimensional turbulence in the atmosphere and oceans

David Livings - Aspects of the ensemble Kalman filter

David Sproson - Energetics and vertical structure of the thermohaline circulation

2004: Numerical solution of differential equations

Rakhib Ahmed - Numerical schemes applied to the Burgers and Buckley-Leverett equations

James Atkinson - Embedding methods for the numerical solution of convolution equations

Catherine Campbell-Grant - A comparative study of computational methods in cosmic gas dynamics

Paresh Prema - Numerical modelling of Island ripening

Mark Webber - The point source methods in inverse acoustic scattering

2004: Mathematical and numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans

Oliver Browne - Improving global glacier modelling by the inclusion of parameterised subgrid hypsometry within a three-dimensional, dynamical ice sheet model

Petros Dalakakis - Radar scattering by ice crystals

Eleanor Gosling - Flow through porous media: recovering permeability data from incomplete information by function fitting.

Sarah Grintzevitch - Heat waves: their climatic and biometeorological nature in two north american reigions

Helen Mansley - Dense water overflows and cascades

Polly Smith - Application of conservation laws with source terms to the shallow water equations and crowd dynamics

Peter Taylor - Application of parameter estimation to meteorology and food processing

2003: Numerical solution of differential equations

Kate Alexander - Investigation of a new macroscopic model of traffic flow

Luke Bennetts - An application of the re-iterated Galerkin approximation in 2-dimensions

Peter Spence - The Position of the free boundary formed between an expanding plasma and an electric field in differing geometries

Daniel Vollmer -  Adaptive mesh refinement using subdivision of unstructured elements for conservation laws

2003: Mathematical and numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans

Clare Harris - The Valuation of weather derivatives using partial differential equations

Sarah Kew - Development of a 3D fractal cirrus model and its use in investigating the impact of cirrus inhomogeneity on radiation

Emma Quaile - Rotation dominated flow over a ridge

Jemma Shipton - Gravity waves in multilayer systems

2002: Numerical solution of differential equations

Winnie Chung - A Spectral Method for the Black Scholes Equations

Penny Marno - Crowded Macroscopic and Microscopic Models for Pedestrian Dynamics

Malachy McConnell - On the numerical solution of selected integrable non-linear wave equations

Stavri Mylona - An Application of Kepler's Problem to Formation Flying using the Störmer-Verlet Method

2002: Mathematical and numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans

Sarah Brodie - Numerical Modelling of Stratospheric Temperature Changes and their Possible Causes

Matt Sayer - Upper Ocean Variability in the Equatorial Pacific on Diurnal to Intra-seasonal Timescales

Laura Stanton - Linearising the Kepler problem for 4D-var Data Assimilation

2001: Numerical solution of differential equations

R.B. Brad - An Implementation of the Box Scheme for use on Transcritical Problems

D. Garwood - A Comparison of two approaches for the Approximating of 2-D Scattered Data, with Applications to Geological Modelling

R. Hawkes - Mesh Movement Algorithms for Non-linear Fisher-type Equations

P. Jelfs - Conjugate Gradients with Rational and Floating Point Arithmetic

M. Maisey - Vorticity Preserving Lax-Wendroff Type Schemes

C.A. Radcliffe - Positive Schemes for the Linear Advection Equation

2000: Numerical solution of differential equations

D. Brown - Two Data Assimilation Techniques for Linear Multi-input Systems.

S. Christodoulou - Finite Differences Applied to Stochastic Problems in Pricing Derivatives.

C. Freshwater - The Muskingum-Cunge Method for Flood Routing.

S.H. Man - Galerkin Methods for Coupled Integral Equations.

A. Laird - A New Method for Solving the 2-D Advection Equation.

T. McDowall - Finite Differences Applied to Joint Boundary Layer and Eigenvalue Problems.

M. Shahrill - Explicit Schemes for Finding Soliton Solutions of the Korteweg-de Vries Equation.

B. Weston - A Marker and Cell Solution of the Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations for Free Surface Flow.

1999: Numerical solution of differential equations

M. Ariffin - Grid Equidistribution via Various Algorithmic Approaches.

S.J. Fletcher - Numerical Approximations to Bouyancy Advection in the Eddy Model.

N.Fulcher - The Finite Element Approximation of the Natural Frequencies of a Circular Drum.

V. Green - A Financial Model and Application of the Semi-Lagrangian Time-Stepping Scheme.

D.A. Parry - Construction of Symplectic Runge-Kutta Methods and their Potential for Molecular Dynamics Application.

S.C. Smith - The Evolution of Travelling Waves in a Simple Model for an Ionic Autocatalytic System

P. Swain - Numerical Investigations of Vorticity Preserving Lax-Wendroff Type Schemes.

M. Wakefield - Variational Methods for Upscaling.

1998: Numerical solution of differential equations

C.C. Anderson - A dual-porosity model for simulating the preferential movement of water in the unsaturated zone of a chalk aquifer.

K.W. Blake - Contour zoning.

M.R. Garvie - A comparison of cell-mapping techniques for basins of attraction.

W. Gaudin - HYDRA: a 3-d MPP Eulerian hydrocode.

D. Gnandi - Alternating direction implicit method applied to stochastic problems in derivative finance.

J. Hudson - Numerical techniques for conservation laws with source terms..

H.S. Khela - The boundary integral method.

K. Singh - A comparison of numerical schemes for pricing bond options.

1997: Numerical solution of differential equations

R.V. Egan - Chaotic response of the Duffing equation. A numerical investigation into the dynamics of the non-linear vibration equation.

R.G. Higgs - Nonlinear diffusion in reservoir simulation.

P.B. Horrocks - Fokker-Planck model of stochastic acceleration: a study of finite difference schemes.

M.A. Wlasek - Variational data assimilation: a study.

1996: Numerical solution of differential equations

A. Barnes - Reaction-diffusion waves in an isothermal chemical system with a general order of autocatalysis.

S.J. Leary - Mesh movement and mesh subdivision.

S. McAllister - First and second order complex differential equations.

R.K. Sadhra - Investigating dynamical systems using the cell-to-cell mapping.

J.P. Wilson - A refined numerical model of sediment deposition on saltmarshes.

1995: Numerical solution of differential equations

M. Bishop - The modelling and analysis of the equations of motion of floating bodies on regular waves.

J. Olwoch - Isothermal autocatalytic reactions with an immobilized autocatalyst.

S. Stoke - Eulerian methods with a Lagrangian phase in gas dynamics.


R. Coad - 1-D and 2-D simulations of open channel flows using upwinding schemes.

1994: Numerical solution of differential equations

M. Ali - Application of control techniques to solving linear systems of equations.

M.H. Brookes - An investigation of a dual-porosity model for the simulation of unsaturated flow in a porous medium.

A.J. Crossley - Application of Roe's scheme to the shallow water equations on the sphere.

D.A. Kirkland - Huge singular values and the distance to instability..

B.M. Neil - An investigation of the dynamics of several equidistribution schemes.

1993: Numerical solution of differential equations

P.A. Burton - Re-iterative methods for integral equations.

J.M. Hobbs - A moving finite element approach to semiconductor process modelling in 1-D..

L.M. Whitfield - The application of optimal control theory to life cycle strategies.

S.J. Woolnough - A numerical model of sediment deposition on saltmarshes.

1992: Numerical solution of differential equations

I. MacDonald - The numerical solution of free surface/pressurized flow in pipes..

A.D. Pollard - Preconditioned conjugate gradient methods for serial and parallel computers..

C.J. Smith - Adaptive finite difference solutions for convection and convection-diffusion problems.

1991: Numerical solution of differential equations

K.J. Neylon - Block iterative methods for three-dimensional groundwater flow models.


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