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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

MATH4072 Project IV

Each project is two terms' work for a group of typically 2 to 4 students who collaborate on an open-ended mathematical or statistical problem. Each student writes an individual report on an aspect of the work, and gives an oral presentation with accompanying poster during the Epiphany term. The presentation and poster are assessed and count towards 15% of the module mark.

There are no lectures; the emphasis is on developing understanding in depth and encouraging creativity through reading, discussion and calculation. The project supervisor gives general guidance and organizes tutorial meetings at least once a fortnight.

Outline of Course

A project is equivalent to two 4H options so you should devote on average one-third of your effort to it. The report deadline is the first Friday of the Easter term.

The project topics and supervisors, with further details, are available via the projects webpage and follow the prominent link.

Choose your preferred topics, via the web link, before the deadline given there. Definite project allocations will be announced before the start of the new academic year.


For details of prerequisites, corequisites, excluded combinations, teaching methods, and assessment details, please see the Faculty Handbook.

Assessment Information

For information about use of calculators and dictionaries in exams please see the Examination Information page in the Degree Programme Handbook.