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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. In your first two years you will have a weekly meeting with your personal tutor in small groups of around 6-7 students. You will also meet once a term on an individual basis. In your third year you will meet with your tutor once a term although they will still be available for you to meet with more regularly if you require.
We offer all students a range of learning opportunities including:
- Lectures to introduce subjects and ideas
- Independent research on your MSci dissertation which is an extended research project on an area of mathematics of your choosing and which will make up a third of your final year marks. You are supported with weekly meetings from an academic supervisor whilst carrying out your project
- Small group tutorials to solve mathematical problems and discuss material from lectures
- Support classes to check your learning with experienced mathematicians
- Opportunities for group work when working on the Mathematical Modelling and Problem Solving (MMPS) and Maths in Industry (MI) modules in the first and second years. You?ll be given real-world problems to solve in groups using different mathematical skills and techniques, and you?ll also be challenged to explain your solutions to an audience which includes representatives from industry, who do not have a mathematical background. These modules are highly praised by employers and help to develop skills which will be useful in the world of work
- 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 Canvas - 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 each semester 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 15 working days, so that you can learn from, and build on, what you have done. You will be given generic feedback on any exams that you take and can have longer conversations about your performance with your personal tutor.
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, (this becomes year four if you are on a placement year.)
- 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.