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Riemannian Geometry - MAT00052M

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

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Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Additional information

Pre-requisite knowledge for MSc students: standard calculus, first courses on linear algebra, vector calculus, and differential geometry.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To introduce the concept of a manifold as a space with a locally Euclidean smooth structure.

  • To examine Riemann's notion of an intrinsic method for measuring distance on a manifold.

  • To study the curvature and geodesics of Riemannian manifolds and obtain some geometric consequences.

Module learning outcomes

  • The concept of a manifold, the intrinsic idea of tangent vector fields and differential 1-forms, and how these provide a framework for differential calculus with many applications (for example in General Relativity).

  • The notion of a Riemannian metric, and how it generalises the first fundamental form of surfaces in Euclidean space.

  • Connections (or covariant derivatives), parallel transport and curvature, and how to apply them in Riemannian geometry.

  • The local theory of geodesics, and their interaction with the global structure of the manifold.

  • Simple aspects of the notion of Riemannian curvature.

Module content



  • Manifolds and smooth functions, with examples.

  • Tangent vector fields and the tangent bundle.

  • The differential, of maps and 1-forms.

  • Connections and covariant derivatives of vector fields and other tensors.

  • Riemannian metrics and the Levi-Civita connection: the fundamental theorem of Riemannian geometry.

  • Geodesics and parallel transport; geodesic completeness.

  • Riemannian and sectional curvature.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Riemannian Geometry
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Riemannian Geometry
N/A 100

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Indicative reading

I Chavel, Riemannian geometry - a modern introduction, CUP 1995 (S3.85 CHA).

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