School of Mathematical Sciences

Seminars and training

Taught Academic Courses

All first year research students in the School must attend, and be examined on, postgraduate courses to a total of 30 credits. Modules are available at the London Taught Course Centre (LTCC). LTCC modules each count as 7.5 credits. . However, with the student’s supervisor and the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, MSc Mathematics modules may be taken, and a typical MSc module counts as 15 credits. Exceptions may be made for students who have already taken relevant postgraduate courses.

You should discuss with your supervisor which courses you should attend soon after you arrive. Sometimes it may be beneficial to take more than the minimum quota of postgraduate courses, up to a maximum of 60 credits. You should then contact the Module Convener to confirm that you can take the module, and agree an assessment method. The Postgraduate Research Programmes Officer (Katie Hale) should be informed early in the academic year of the courses being taken. Details of modules taken should be added to your Skills Points Database


PhD students are expected to attend the regular seminars and discussion or study groups run by relevant research groups. Details on seminars held at the School can be found here.

PhD students are encouraged to attend the Queen Mary Internal Postgraduate Seminar (QuIPS) which is a series of talks organised and given by postgraduate students in the School.

Most seminars held in the School of Mathematical Sciences are preceded by tea and coffee and/or by refreshments afterwards. There are numerous seminar series held jointly with other London institutions. Talk to your supervisor and others in your research area to investigate seminars and conferences of interest. All Research Council sponsored students should attend a subsidised Research Council Graduate School during their second or third year. Other students may also wish to investigate this possibility.

Skills and training

Research Councils recommend that postgraduate students undertake 10 days worth of transferable skills training per year. This can include computer skills, mathematical typesetting, language skills, communication skills and many other areas. You are expected to keep a record of all the courses and conferences you attend and record it on the Skills Points Database.

The Doctoral College provides cross-faculty training to PhD students from across the University. You can access information on training courses run centrally through the Doctoral College.

We encourage all our PhD students to attend our in-house Postgraduate Training & Mentorship Seminar. These sessions include soft-skills training specific to the effective and clear communication of mathematics and mathematical concepts, as well as learning to balance high-quality teaching with excellent research.

The School of Mathematical Sciences holds a Postgraduate Research Day each year in May. All third year research students give short talks on their research and all second year research students enter a poster in the Ann Cook Poster Competition. Both activities have been found to be very useful training opportunities by those who have taken part, whatever their intended careers.

London Taught Course Centre

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary is part of the consortium of universities that form the London Taught Course Centre (LTCC).

The LTCC was formed to foster the training of doctoral research students in the Mathematical Sciences. Its courses cover the areas of Statistics, Applied and Pure Mathematics, with the goals of providing students with an overview of these areas, and of acquiring a working knowledge of classical results and recent developments in their own broad research fields but outside the specialised domains of their individual research projects. There is a wide range of expertise among the staff of the institutions currently in the LTCC consortium: UCL, Queen Mary, Imperial College (Statistics), King's College, LSE, City, Kent and Brunel.