MAGIC053: Sheaf Cohomology

Course details


Spring 2018
Monday, January 22nd to Friday, March 16th; Monday, April 23rd to Friday, May 4th


Live lecture hours
Recorded lecture hours
Total advised study hours


11:05 - 11:55


Sheaves and their cohomology play a fundamental role in modern Algebraic, Arithmetic and Differential Geometry. The goal of this course is to give a thorough introduction to the basics of sheaf cohomology and to give a panorama of sheaf theoretic applications. Elementary sheaf theory hardly needs any prerequisites other than general mathematical language, the cohomology of sheaves will be introduced only after the main result of homological algebra has been recalled, and background in the respective area would be useful for the final applications.


See Course Description.


  • Elementary sheaf theory;
  • Cohomology of abelian sheaves;
  • Injective, flabby, acyclic, soft and fine sheaves;
  • Brief survey on sheaf cohomology for topological and differentiable manifolds, for Riemann surfaces and for algebraic varieties.


  • BK

    Dr Bernhard Koeck

    University of Southampton


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The assessment for this course will be released on Monday 7th May 2018 and is due in by Sunday 20th May 2018 at 23:59.

The assessment for this course will be via a single take-home paper with 2 weeks to complete and submit online. You will need at least 50 per cent to pass. The exam period is 7 May - 20 May, 2018.

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