Learning Outcomes - Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics

Educational aims

The Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics is designed for you if you want to continue your studies by delving more deeply into particular aspects of pure and applied mathematics. The range of modules offered is sufficiently varied to interest mathematically inclined scientists and engineers as well as mathematicians.


Learning outcomes

The programme leading to this postgraduate diploma provides you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

When you have completed this postgraduate diploma you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • fundamental and advanced concepts, principles and techniques from a range of mathematical topic areas
  • specific knowledge and understanding will be determined by your particular choice of modules, according to your particular needs and interests.

Cognitive skills

When you have completed this postgraduate diploma you will be able to:

  • solve some problems using the methods taught
  • assimilate complex mathematical ideas and arguments
  • develop abstract mathematical thinking
  • develop mathematical and physical intuition.

Practical and/or professional skills

Key skills

When you have completed this postgraduate diploma, you will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • the ability to advance your own knowledge and understanding through independent learning
  • communicate clearly knowledge, ideas and conclusions about mathematics
  • develop problem-solving skills and apply them independently to problems in pure and applied mathematics
  • communicate effectively in writing about the subject
  • improve your own learning and performance.


Teaching, learning and assessment methods

All relevant material is provided and taught in the module texts and through the study of set books. You will build up your knowledge gradually, with sufficient in-text examples to support your understanding. You will be able to assess your own progress and understanding by using the in-text problems and exercises at the end of each unit. Opportunity to engage with what is taught is provided by means of the assignment questions and your understanding will be reinforced by personal feedback from your tutor in the form of comments based on the answers to your assignments.

Your understanding of principles and concepts will be assessed through tutor-marked assignments and the final three-hour examination. The programming skills in Advanced mathematical methods (M833) are assessed by tutor-marked assignments.