Taught Component (Year 1)
The first year of the NGCM doctoral programme comprises two semesters of taught material (60 CATS credits each) tailored to the needs and interests of each student, followed by an Industry Summer Project (60 credits).
Our motivation behind and more details about this programme are given provided in this blog entry.
90 of the 120 credits of taught material are a compulsory, introducing fundamental concepts, tools and methodologies, while the remainding 30 credits are optional modules that are chosen by the student to complement their research interests and background and prepare them for the research component of their doctorate. These optional modules cover research questions and approaches relevant in a particular problem domain (e.g., turbulence modelling), or introduce advanced modelling methods (e.g., agent-based modelling). The optional 30 credits can also be used, fully or partially, to carry out a small research project during the first year.
Optional modules teach advanced tools and methods and develop knowledge and understanding in specific domains, and can be used to engage with a new application domain via a small research study (15 or 30 credits worth). Students are free to consider advanced level modules taught across the University, e.g., Advanced Machine Learning (from Electronics and Computer Science), Chemical Informatics (from Chemistry), Turbulence I and II (from Engineering), etc. Not every option will be suitable for every student. Guidance from tutors and directors will help to ensure that a suite of suitable optional modules are chosen to help each student to prepare best for their particular doctoral research project.
By the beginning of the second semester, each student will choose an industry-motivated summer project. This choice will be informed by a series of guest lectures and workshop activities run as part of the Professional and Research Skills module (see above and list of seminars shown on our blog).
Each summer project will focus on developing computational modelling in the context of a particular real-world application domain. All ISP's will have been scoped in collaboration with relevant NGCM partners. Some will involve site visits and close collaboration with the partner organisation.
The aim of the summer project is to develop the students' skills for independent research, to expose them to the relevance of computational modelling to real-world problems, and to foster an understanding of constraints in non-academic environments.