How do we organise our teaching?
We offer about 70 different undergraduate modules in various areas of pure, applied and computational mathematics and statistics. Most modules are based around a series of lectures, but there are also some reading and project modules that involve more self-directed study.
Lectures take place in our Maths lecture theatre (pictured above left) and in other venues around campus. Lecturers will use a variety of different media to teach, ranging from notes written on a blackboard, whiteboard or visualizer to computer-based presentations and videos. Lecture notes, exercises and solutions are available in QMplus, our Online Learning Environment, for most of our modules.
Students normally take 8 modules per year as 4 modules per semester. Most modules comprise 3 hours of lectures plus 1 hour of exercise class or computing laboratory per week, which corresponds to about 4 × 4 = 16 timetabled hours of teaching per week.
How will you be assessed?
Most modules are assessed primarily by a written exam at the end of the academic year in May or June, although for modules in the first and second years there is usually a contribution of about 10% from assessed coursework or tests. Students are allowed 2 attempts at each exam but the second attempt is a resit in August of the final exam alone that can only give a bare pass.
What must you do to progress?
Essentially, you must pass 7 out of 8 modules to progress to the second year; a total of 14 out of 16 modules to progress to the third year, and a total of 21 out of 24 modules to be awarded a BSc degree.
How do we classify your degree?
We use a weighted average of all your module marks as the basis for awarding you a first, upper-second, lower-second or third class degree. The first, second and final years count with weights respectively 1:3:6 towards the BSc degree classification.