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Final Year Project

Mathematical Sciences (MAS) undergraduates have the opportunity to undertake a Final Year Project (FYP) in mathematics research, under the supervision of a faculty member, culminating in a written research thesis and presentation. To be eligible to do an FYP, a student must have a minimum CGPA of 3.5. Currently, only students who receive a grade of A- or better in the FYP are eligible for receiving Honours (Highest Distinction).

The FYP consists of the module MH4900 (Final Year Project; 8 AUs). It may be read either during Year 3 or Year 4. The project will take two semesters; the student may choose to start the project at the beginning of either semester.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the FYP.

Applying for the FYP

It is up to each student to find a supervisor. Some FYP proposals can be found at the Final Year Project Proposal List, but this list is not exhaustive. If you choose an interdisciplinary project, you may have an external co-supervisor, but the main supervisor must be an MAS faculty member. (As an exception, for students majoring in Mathematics and Economics, a faculty member from the Division of Economics can be the main supervisor.) (For students majoring in Double Major in Mathematical Sciences and Economics, the main supervisor must be from MAS.)

Before the start of the semester in which you plan to start your FYP, the division will contact you via email with instructions about how to propose an FYP. Following the instructions in this email, you should prepare an FYP proposal, have it approved by your FYP supervisor, and submit it to the division before the start of the semester. If you did not receive the email, or have other queries, please contact the Division's undergraduate programme coordinator (Mr. Chris Tan).

Assessment

The assessment of the FYP is based on several components, listed in the table below:

 Component Deadline Remarks Grade
Submission to supervisor of a 5–7 page progress report. Submission will be followed by a short (approximately 20 min) oral presentation to the supervisor.

(Softcopy submission to be emailed to Supervisor and Mr. Chris Tan)
Week 1 of the FYP's second semester. The progress report must be submitted together with the final thesis to the Division. 35%
Submission of Thesis to the Division, for pre-examination by the FYP Committee.

(Softcopy submission to be emailed to Supervisor and Mr. Chris Tan)
Week 12 of the FYP's second semester. The supervisor and FYP Committee can provide suggestions on how to improve the thesis before final submission.  –
Final Presentation
(20 minutes for Presentation and Q&A)
Week 14 of the FYP's second semester (the week after the last teaching week). The presentation will be judged by the supervisor and another examiner (MAS faculty). 25%
Submission of Final Thesis

(Softcopy submission to be emailed to Supervisor and Mr. Chris Tan)
Week 15 of the FYP's second semester (one week after the Final Presentation). The student may revise the thesis based on feedback received during the pre-examination and Final Presentation.
40%

 

FYP and Professional Internship / Attachment

 

For students who matriculated in AY15/16 and earlier, those doing the FYP can still take MH4901 (Professional Attachment), but the latter must be read as an Unrestricted Elective rather than a Prescribed Elective.

For students who matriculated in AY16/17 and later, those doing the FYP can take MH4907 (Professional Attachment) as an Unrestricted Elective, but are not allowed to take MH4903 (Professional Internship).

Click here for more information about the internship/attachment programmes.