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Analytic Number Theory - MAT00051M

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Christopher Hughes
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Additional information

Pre-requisite knowledge for MSc students: good knowledge of calculus; first courses in both real and complex analysis.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To show how analytic properties of the Riemann zeta function lead to results on prime numbers.

  • To understand properties of Dirichlet L-functions, and their relation to primes in arithmetic progressions.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:

  • To understand how complex analytic techniques enable number theoretic results to be deduced.

  • To know some of the analytic properties of the Riemann zeta function

  • Appreciate the connection between zeros of the Riemann zeta function and properties of prime numbers.

  • To know the prime number theorem and the relation between its error term to the location of zeros of the zeta function.

  • To understand Dirichlet characters and analytic properties of Dirichlet L-functions

  • To know Dirichlet’s theorem on primes in arithmetic progressions

Module content



  • Arithmetic functions, partial summation, Dirichlet series and Euler products.
  • The Riemann zeta function, its functional equation and analytic continuation. Evaluation at even integers.
  • Zeros of the zeta function, and the Riemann Hypothesis.
  • The Prime Number Theorem.
  • Dirichlet characters and Gauss sums.
  • Dirichlet L-functions, their analytic continuation and functional equations.
  • Primes in arithmetic progressions.


Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Analytic Number Theory
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Analytic Number Theory
N/A 100

Module feedback

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Indicative reading

  • Apostol, Introduction to Analytic Number Theory, (Springer-Verlag New York)
  • Miller and Takloo-Bighash, An Invitation to Modern Number Theory, (Princeton University Press) (S 2.81 MIL)
  • Edwards, Riemann's Zeta Function (Dover Publications) (S 7.36 EDW)
  • Iwaniec and Kowalski, Analytic number theory (American Mathematical Society) (S 2.81 IWA)
  • Montgomery and Vaughan, Multiplicative number theory I : classical theory (Cambridge University Press) (S 2.814 MON)
  • Mezzadri and Snaith (eds), Recent Perspectives in Random Matrix Theory and Number Theory, LMS Lecture Notes Series, 322. (S 2.81 MEZ)

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