The Complex Systems Modelling MSc is an innovative study course that explores the latest research in the rapidly developing and exciting interdisciplinary field of complex systems.
Modern societies rely on a broad range of infrastructures, institutions and technologies, and their complexities have grown dramatically in the recent past. Consequently, there is a rapidly expanding demand for expertise in complex systems modelling as a foundation for understanding, maintaining and further developing such systems.
The course offers you the choice to study either full or part-time. You must take a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete. You will study the required modules and some optional modules in the first year, and a further selection of required and optional modules including the complex systems modelling project in your second year.
You will learn advanced mathematical tools which allow you to study complex systems as emerging in natural, biomedical, economic and social sciences. We also offer the opportunity to study an additional zero-credit module called Foundations for Complex Systems Modelling & Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Non- equilibrium Systems which is designed as a refresher module covering vital mathematics and physics skills.
We use lectures and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15-credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, independent study, coursework and preparation for examinations. For example, for one module you could typically expect:
3 hours lecture (some modules may have 2 hours)
1 hour tutorial
6 hours self-study and coursework (depending on your background, some modules may require more hours).
During your work on the MSc Project you will have regular meetings with your project supervisor, but you are expected to spend the majority of your time in self-study to complete the project work.
The primary method of assessment for this degree is written examination. You may also be assessed by essays, practical examination, oral presentation, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module. Resit opportunities (for modules failed in May) are normally offered in August.