MAMMPEW-MPE Wednesdays

Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 14 [7 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: MAMCDTE Partial Differential Equations and MAMCDTS Dynamical Systems and MAMCDTN Numerical Methods and MAMCDTU Data & Uncertainty
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Tristan Pryer


Summary module description:

MPE Wednesdays will take place each week during term-time. The full MRes cohort will meet, alternating between Reading and Imperial. The Mathematics of Planet Earth seminar will take place on this day. The morning will begin with a two hour tutorial, in which students will work together on openended tasks arising from the material of the core courses, often with an applications focus. In the second term, this will be replaced by a two hour journal club, training students how to read journal papers and build up a bibliography. In the third term this time will also be used for students to present progress from their MRes projects, and throughout the year one slot per month will be used for bespoke transferable skills training in collaboration with our Graduate Schools. Students will then have lunch with the seminar speaker (either internal or external). After lunch, the students will spend an hour preparing for the seminar, with guided discussion on background material needed to understand the seminar. After the seminar, discussion will continue with the speaker. MPE Wednesdays contribute 7 ECTS towards the MRes.


To build the cohort and engage in social and collaborative activities.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Equip students with a range of mathematical skills:

• in problem-solving, extended project work, computation and presentation;

• to enable them to take prominent roles in a wide spectrum of employment and research.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

MPE seminar speakers will engage you with various topics from the core themes in the subject area of Mathematics of Planet Earth. In addition to this student seminars will be conducted, journal club, tutorials for core courses and external site visits to ECMWF and the Met Office.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Weekly seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 11 11 8
Guided independent study 40 40 30
Total hours by term 51.00 51.00 38.00
Total hours for module 140.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 100

Other information on summative assessment:

This is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:


Requirements for a pass:

Attendance and participation in the CDT Wednesdays.

Reassessment arrangements:

Attendance at CDT Wednesdays in the next year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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