UK Nonlinear News, May 1996

Heriot-Watt University
University of Edinburgh

MSc in the Mathematics of Non-Linear Models

This is a one-year course, organised jointly by the Department of Mathematics of Heriot-Watt University and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Edinburgh University, and provides postgraduate training in the mathematics of nonlinear structures. While developing the appropriate theory, much emphasis is placed on applied examples and the both theoretical analysis and practical modelling are central to the course.

The joint involvement of the Departments of Mathematics at both Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities makes available to students the combined expertise and diversity of research interests in the two Universities.

The course has three main components, a core attended by all students, a variety of special topics and a project. The core forms the background for future developments and consists of lectures on ordinary differential equations and dynamical systems, analysis, mathematical modelling, partial differential equations and variational methods. The heart and flavour of the course comes from the special topics and a project. The special topics are chosen from a list of options such as chaotic dynamics, optimization, nonlinear waves and reaction diffusion problems.

The project may be group based so as to allow students the opportunity to work as a team on more realistic problems. The subjects of study are selected from a range of both theoretical and more applied problems. The latter include questions arising in the oil industry through the Department's links with Edinburgh Petroleum Services (which is based at the Riccarton Research Park) and Schlumberger.

A number of EPSRC Studentships are available for U.K. students taking this course.

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For further details, contact:

Dr. Andrew Lacey (
Department of Mathematics,
Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK.
Telephone: 0131-451 3228.

See also courses at: [Bath] [Edinburgh] [U.C.L.] [Michigan]

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