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How you will learn
You will learn from world-leading experts who will encourage you to become an independent thinker, a vital part of becoming a successful mathematician.
We will assign you a personal tutor who will support your academic progress, help you develop transferable skills and handle any welfare concerns. You will meet at least once per semester.
- Lectures to introduce subjects and ideas
- Small group tutorials to solve mathematical problems and discuss material from lectures
- Examples classes to check your learning with experienced mathematicians
- Supervision groups to work through problems
- Computer labs using computer algebra packages to solve problems, using programming languages to model mathematical situations or computer assessment systems to test your learning
- All modules are linked to iVLE - a virtual learning environment for lecture notes, additional learning units, self-tests and supplementary interactive information
You receive regular feedback in all of your modules through marked work, model answers, tutorials, examples classes and supervisions.
Less formal, more independent study is a vital part of becoming a mathematician. We encourage students to work together and have several popular study areas in and around the School where you can work with friends or individually.
Assessment varies across modules and can include:
- Examinations - usually taken at the end of the year in which the module is taught.
- Coursework - this could be continuous or at the end of the module, and is assessed in a variety of ways.
- Class tests - some lecturers set regular class tests which could be written tests, group presentations or computer-based tests providing instant feedback.
- Research projects are assessed by, for example, interim reports, a final written report and oral presentations.
At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed for that particular programme of study. You will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from, and build on, what you have done. You will be given feedback on any exams that you take.
For each 10 credits of maths modules there are 22 hours of lectures.
In addition as a whole, not per module:
- First year: 10 additional hours of support classes per term, 20 hours of computer labs per term, and 5 hours of personal tutorial meetings per term.
- Second year: 5 hours of examples classes for every 10 credits of module, plus 5 hours per term of personal tutorial meetings.
- Third year: there are 5 hours of examples classes for every 10 credits of module
- Fourth year: (MSci only): there are 5 hours of examples classes for every 10 credits of module
All Maths lecturers have a minimum of 1.5 office hours per week.
All modules are divided between two teaching terms. Examinations take place in the summer term.