Core Courses

In the first term, MRes students take four core courses which have been created specially for the MPE CDT, which link mathematical tools with Earth system science. On these courses students will acquire a broad knowledge of Mathematics of Planet Earth topics. These courses have 20 lectures each. Each lecture is delivered by MPE CDT staff at either Imperial or Reading, and is streamed using interactive Access Grid technology to the other site.

The courses are:

  • Partial differential equations introduces modelling and analysis techniques that can be applied to Earth system models.
  • Systems provides probabilistic/stochastic tools for understanding dynamical systems.
  • Data and uncertainty provides tools to quantify uncertainty in forecasts and make statistical inferences about the Earth system.
  • Numerical methods introduces the basics behind numerical methods and scientific computing techniques that are used in ocean, weather and  climate models.

Elective Courses

In the second term, MRes students take one elective course to develop new specialisms in mathematics arising from the core courses. Students may attend courses at either site, choosing from a variety of courses offered in Masters level programmes at Imperial College London and University of Reading.