Module Overview

Professional Development II

This module and the prior Stage 1 module develop the skills and attributes required by students and graduates in mathematical sciences to enhance their employability and develop their research skills and ability to work in a professional, technical environment.  This module focusses on research skills, specifically those required by mathematicians in academic writing, and employability skills required for entering the workplace. The module also gives practical experience of interview skills and writing curricula vitae showcasing the skills developed through the programme.

Module Code

PROF 2801

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Critically evaluating personal skillsets. Addressing deficiencies. Writing and maintaining curriculum vitae, cover letters and letters of introduction. Proof reading. Highlighting specialist mathematical skillsets, knowledge and prior learning. Researching the employment sector and employers.

Interview skills. Preparing for interview: knowing the context of the interviewer, addressing the questions and highlighting your strengths and skills. Emphasising your mathematics degree and specialist skillsets. Attitude, appearance and conduct.

Research skills

Finding information: use of libraries, databases, indexes and online sources. Critical evaluation of sources. Accessing publications. Note taking: accurate note taking and its importance.

Referencing: purpose of referencing, referencing systems, the referencing system in the School. Interpreting, summarising and quoting sources. Recognising and avoiding plagiarism. Style guides. Reviewing publications, critiquing and evaluating information. Writing synopses.

Writing a proposal: abstract, aims, methodologies, timelines, resources, outcomes and impact.

Writing dissertations and undertaking projects

The academic writing style. Planning and structuring the dissertation. Problem solving: defining the problem, solution strategies, reviewing progress, evaluating success. Time management.

Writing abstracts and synopses for the layman. Drawing conclusions.

Practical interview and presentation experience

The module will be delivered by a combination of lectures, interactive group work, student presentations and formal and informal feedback. It will make use of computing, online, library and other learning resources.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100