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Information for Postgraduate Students

The following postgraduate training opportunities and resources are available to students in the Division of Mathematics at Dundee University.

Scottish Mathematical Training Centre:

The Scottish Mathematical Training Centre, run by a consortium of Scottish universities (Aberdeen Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St. Andrews, Strathclyde), offers a comprehensive programme of courses for UK PhD students. From September 2007, 8 course streams will be provided, covering the following areas:

- algebra,
- geometry and topology,
- pure analysis,
- applied analysis and PDEs,
- applied mathematics methods,
- mathematical modelling,
- probability,
- statistics.

Students will be typically required to take the courses of 3 streams in the first 6 months of their PhD programme. In addition, a number of advanced courses are organised informally. A web site with further information is found here .

Generic Skills Courses for Mathematics Postgraduates:

The aim of these courses, organised by the Edinburgh Mathematical Society and the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, is to provide generic skills training for postgraduate mathematicians in Scotland. Four courses are planned in an academic year; two for new postgraduate students and two for those beyond their first year of study. The content of the spring courses will be shaped by feedback from the autumn ones. A web site with further information is available at the ICMS .

Issac Newton Institute

The Issac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences is a national and international visitor research institute. It runs research programmes on selected themes in mathematics and the mathematical sciences, with applications in a very wide range of science and technology. It attracts leading mathematical scientists from the UK and from overseas to interact in research over an extended period. The institute offers a Junior Membership (Research Student or within 5 years of having received a PhD) and provides funds specifically to support Junior Member's involvement in Institute activities, i.e. to attend workshops, conferences, and summer schools. Contact the Newton Institute Correspondent for further information.

Generic Skills Dundee:

Generic Skills Dundee is the University of Dundee's response to the growing demands of Research Councils, employers and government bodies for improved generic skills training of the UK's Post-graduate and Post-doctoral research communities (SET for success), with a dedicated area for each. Generic Skills Dundee offers access to carefully tailored:

- Courses
- Workshops
- Conferences
- Seminars

As a resource, Generic Skills Dundee aims to support Post-Graduate research students, Post-Doctoral research staff, and individuals in equivalent research roles in developing their transferable skills to help them become more efficient and effective in their research, and assist them with professional and career development. For more information see Generic Skills Dundee.


Advance@Dundee is the Dundee University web portal for postgraduates and provides useful information on all aspects of being a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Reseach Students and the Thesis Monitoring Committee procedure

In line with University policy (see Code of Practice for Supervised Postgraduate Research) the School operates a Thesis Monitoring Committee (TMC) system. The TMC consists of two academics who are not directly involved in the supervision of the research project. The student meets the TMC twice a year, these meetings are held in December and June. The first TMC meeting takes places about 6 months after starting the research degree.

A full description of the School's TMC system can be found here (word file).

my PDP

my PDP is the Dundee University personal development planning (PDP) scheme for students. The scheme is delivered via the Universitys student e-Learning portal, My Dundee, as an on-line resource. It is meant to record students personality traits and achievements within an effective, customised CV that will enhance the students employability.

Career Service

The Careers Service aims to enhance the career development of all University of Dundee Students and Graduates.