Undergraduate degree structure
The Modular System
The university operates a modular system. In mathematics most courses count as a half-module, and you must take the equivalent of twelve half-modules per year. These are usually split equally between the two semesters of the academic year. Examinations for most modules are taken at the end of each semester.
A half-module typically consists of two lectures of 50 minutes each plus one examples class plus private study. However, there are exceptions - for example, courses which contain a significant amount of project work. Such courses are generally restricted to years (or Levels) 3 and 4. Examples classes typically meet in smaller groups than lectures, and they provide opportunities to try out the theories presented during the lectures, to ask questions about the course and to discuss work with fellow students.
Certain of the modules have some continuous assessment and others, especially in Statistics and in Applied Mathematics, have projects which count as part of the assessment; otherwise most of the assessment is by examinations which take place in January and June, at the end of each semester. There is also a large project component in the fourth year of the MMath degree, which counts for a third of the credits for that year.
In the first and second years, there are resit examinations to provide a second chance for those who do not pass their examinations at the usual time.
The first year examinations are qualifying examinations and do not contribute to the final degree classification; all subsequent examinations count towards the final degree classification.
Pastoral Care: Personal Tutors
All students are allocated to a tutor within the School throughout their undergraduate studies. This provides a personal contact with a member of staff who can keep an eye on your progress and provide a listening ear in case any problems arise.
In the first semester of your first year, you will meet in small groups with your personal tutor every second week to discuss mathematical problems from one of the core modules. In subsequent semesters your personal tutor will be more restricted to a pastoral role, with mathematical support provided in larger tutorial groups by lecturers and other academic staff.