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Information for incoming study abroad and Erasmus students

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London, welcomes study abroad and Erasmus students, who are often referred to at Queen Mary as associate students. The information here is not relevant to Queen Mary students wishing to study elsewhere.

Queen Mary is home to one of the largest mathematics departments in the UK. This means that you as a student will benefit from the wide range of mathematical topics covered by staff. The School embraces pure mathematics, probability and statistics, dynamical systems, and computing, and your modules are just as dynamic as the topics you study!

What programmes are described here?

Queen Mary operates two related but distinct programmes that both allow students to study at Queen Mary for either one semester or a full year:

Who is the current Mathematical Sciences study abroad and Erasmus coordinator?

Ilya Goldsheid: please feel free to contact me with any academic questions.

For administrative questions (application procedure, etc.) please get in touch with Harry Gibney (Study Abroad) or Wiebke Leugers (Erasmus).

Where can I find details of Mathematical Sciences modules?

You can access summary details of Mathematical Sciences modules, including timetabling, in the Queen Mary Directory of Modules by typing MTH into the search box. Full details, except timetabling, of all current Mathematical Sciences modules are also available online, but please check the academic year shown. If you are looking for modules for next academic year then the list may change a little; please check again after Easter. Teaching support information for our students is normally publicly available via QMplus, the Queen Mary Online Learning Environment, although during the summer transition to the next academic year some modules in QMplus may be hidden.

How are modules encoded?

All modules at Queen Mary have a code that begins with three letters that indicate the School that teaches the module. The codes for all modules taught by the School of Mathematical Sciences begin with MTH, which is followed by four characters, as follows:

  • All undergraduate Mathematical Sciences modules at level 3–6 have codes of the form MTHlabc, where l, a, b, c are digits and l is the level.
  • All undergraduate Mathematical Sciences modules at level 7 have codes of the form MTH7abU, where a, b are digits. These modules all have postgraduate analogues with different codes, which have the form MTH7abP or MTHMxyz, where x, y, z are digits. The only difference between the undergraduate and postgraduate versions of our level-7 modules is the grading scheme. If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student then you should normally register for respectively the undergraduate or postgraduate version of any level-7 modules.

Which modules can I take?

If you are an associate student then you can take modules that appear in the Queen Mary Directory of Modules with a tick in the Associates column. Equivalently, all current Mathematical Sciences modules are available to you except a handful that say "Not open to study-abroad students" under Restrictions. However, please note that all MTH modules are intended for Math-major students, i.e. students whose degree programme is at least 50% mathematics. More elementary modules are available in our Science and Engineering Foundation Programme and associate students can take most of those modules.

If you are an Erasmus exchange student then generally you can take only modules offered by the School with which you have made the exchange, so if you are a mathematics student you can take only MTH modules, apart from a few language modules that are available to all Erasmus students.

What is the level of difficulty of a module?

The level of difficulty of a module at Queen Mary is indicated by a number in the range 3–7: level 3 corresponds to pre-university or foundation level; levels 4–6 correspond to undergraduate years 1–3 respectively; level 7 corresponds to masters level. The first digit of an undergraduate Mathematical Sciences module code indicates the level.

What background do I need?

Most of our modules have a number of prerequisites that you should satisfy before you take the module. One prerequisite for any of our modules is that you would be accepted for a Math-major degree programme in your home country. Other prerequisites are expressed in terms of our own modules, but you should look up their details and ensure that you have studied similar material at a similar level. (Our study abroad coordinator will check this before confirming your module registration.)

What combinations of modules work together?

We gather combinations of modules that work well together into specific degree programmes to be followed by Queen Mary students. You can access summary details of Mathematical Sciences degree programmes in the Queen Mary undergraduate course finder by typing Mathematical Sciences into the search box. You can also access full details of Mathematical Sciences study programmes and subject stream diagrams, which indicate how our main modules are related and give a pictorial indication of prerequisites within four subject areas – Algebra and Discrete Mathematics, Analysis and Geometry, Applied Mathematics, Probability and Statistics – one per page of a PDF file.

Can I change my module registration?

You can change you module registration once you arrive at Queen Mary up to the end of the second week of teaching in semester A and you can change your semester-B module registration up to the end of the second week of semester B.

Where can I find reading lists?

You can find the reading lists for all our modules by searching Reading Lists Online or by selecting from the list of Reading Lists Online Mathematical Sciences modules. (But note that this list may include some modules that are not currently available.) You can also access reading lists via QMplus or our list of all current Mathematical Sciences modules. However, note that we do not normally rely heavily on a particular textbook. You will be expected to take your own notes in lectures, which are normally supported by notes provided during the semester by the module organiser via QMplus. For most modules, the reading list is primarily intended to provide additional background reading.

How does the timetable work and how many contact hours will I have?

Modules at levels 4 to 6 normally have 3 hours of lectures per week and 1 hour of exercise classes, hence 4 contact hours per week per module. For a module expected to have a large number of students the timetable may show more than one hour of exercise classes. You will be allocated a specific hour near the beginning of the semester, but you can negotiate a different hour if necessary. You should attend all the lectures and your allocated exercise class. Exercise classes normally start in the second week of teaching. Level-7 modules normally have 2 hours of lectures per week and 1 hour of exercise classes, hence 3 contact hours per week per module.

Is there a "reading week" in the middle of the semester?

The School of Mathematical Sciences does not operate a "reading week" but instead uses week 7 of each semester as a consolidation and test week. Modules at levels 4 and 5 normally have a "mid-term test" towards the end of week 7 that contributes 10% to the overall assessment and is often preceded by a revision lecture towards the beginning of week 7.

How are modules taught?

Most Mathematical Sciences modules are delivered via lectures and exercise classes, but some modules include computer labs. Independent study is also an important component of your studies and is in addition to your lectures and classes.

How are modules assessed?

Most modules (taught in both semesters) are assessed primarily by a written examination in May or June. Study abroad students who attend Queen Mary only during semester A will instead have a written examination in the last week of the semester. There may also be a contribution from a mid-term test. A small number of project-based modules are assessed entirely by work submitted during the semester. For details of the assessment pattern for a specific module click on the module code in the modules list available for all current Mathematical Sciences modules and look for Assessment in the Details section. You are permitted one resit exam in August for any module you fail, which must be sat at Queen Mary.

Do you offer real analysis?

Yes, but we don't call it real analysis! Our real analysis modules are MTH5104 Convergence and Continuity followed by MTH5105 Differential and Integral Analysis . Please see also Analysis and Geometry in our subject stream diagrams for other related modules.