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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics

Programme code:MSC-AODYNUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Stephen Griffiths Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Upper-second class degree or equivalent in mathematics, or in a physical science degree with a substantial mathematics component.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Mathematics

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Mathematics

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research.

Programme specification:

The proposed programme is unusual in that it provides training in both modern applied mathematics and atmosphere-ocean science. This is achieved by offering modules and project supervision from both the School of Mathematics and the School of Earth and Environment, the latter being undertaken by members of the School's Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, part of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science. Only a handful of UK universities are positioned to offer similar interdisciplinary training.

The proposed programme is also highly flexible. Beyond a compulsory core of applied maths and fluid dynamics, students are free to choose options from applied maths, atmosphere-ocean science, numerical methods and scientific computation.

The dissertation may also be supervised by staff in the School of Mathematics or the School of Earth and Environment.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates must enrol on 180 or 185 credits overall with at least 135 credits at Level 5M.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to complete the following compulsory module, worth 60 credits:

MATH5000MDissertation in Mathematics60 credits1 Jun to 30 Sep

The dissertation for MATH5000M should be on some aspect of atmosphere-ocean dynamics, and the title will need to be approved by the Programme Manager.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to take 120 or 125 further credits, from the list below. At least three modules chosen must be from Mathematics (MATH), and at least two must be from Earth and Environment (SOEE).

COMP5711MPractical Programming15 creditsSemester 1
COMP5930MScientific Computation15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3365Mathematical Methods15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3374Linear and Non-Linear Waves15 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH3375Hydrodynamic Stability15 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH3396Dynamical Systems15 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH3397Nonlinear Dynamics15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3414Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3424Introduction to Entropy in the Physical World15 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH3459Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3474Numerical Methods10 creditsSemester 1
MATH3475Modern Numerical Methods15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3620Fluid Dynamics 215 creditsSemester 1
MATH5366MAdvanced Mathematical Methods20 creditsSemester 1
MATH5373MAdvanced Linear and Nonlinear Waves20 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH5376MAdvanced Hydrodynamic Stability20 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH5395MAdvanced Dynamical Systems20 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH5398MAdvanced Nonlinear Dynamics20 creditsSemester 1
MATH5424MAdvanced Entropy in the Physical World20 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH5458MAdvanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics20 creditsSemester 2
MATH5459MAdvanced Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics20 creditsSemester 2
MATH5476MAdvanced Modern Numerical Methods20 creditsSemester 2
MATH5825MIndependent Learning and Skills Project15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3700Practical Weather Forecasting10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE5680MDynamics of Weather Systems15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5685MWeather, Climate and Air Quality30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SOEE5821MEnvironmental Modelling15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE5835MAdvanced Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics15 creditsSemester 1

All module choices are subject to approval by the Programme Manager. Students who have not previously taken MATH3458 or MATH5458M will be required to take MATH5458M. Students may also be required to substitute some of their modules with MATH5001M (Reading Project in Mathematics, 10 credits) or MATH5002M (Reading Project in Mathematics, 20 credits), if instructed to do so by the Programme Manager.

Last updated: 26/04/2017


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