Our academic staff will guide and challenge you through your studies. You will benefit from the rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience here at Birmingham. Find out more about our
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How you will learn
Successful mathematicians and computer scientists are independent thinkers, and all of your studies will be geared towards encouraging you to learn, discover, explore and analyse for yourself, guided by our expert lecturers. Via a combination of lectures, tutorials and support classes, you'll be introduced to a range of subjects and ideas, problem-solving and analytical techniques, with regular assessment and feedback.
In your fourth year, you will shift your focus to research, working independently on a major research project and presenting your work - excellent preparation for your career or further study.
All modules are linked to Canvas - a virtual learning environment for lecture notes, additional learning units, self-tests and supplementary interactive information.
You will have access to a comprehensive support system to help you make the transition to higher education when you start at Birmingham. During your first year, we want you to have a smooth transition into university. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are any particular areas where you need support.
You will be assigned your own 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.
Alongside your personal tutor, you will also have access to dedicated wellbeing officers who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond if you need it.
Our Academic Skills Centre helps you to become a more effective and independent learner through a range of high-quality support services. The Centre offers workshops on a range of topics, such as note-taking, reading, academic writing and presentation skills.
The Academic Writing Advisory Service (AWAS) will provide guidance on writing essays and dissertations if you need it. You can receive individual support from an academic writing advisor and meet with postgraduate tutors who specialise in particular subjects too.
How will you be assessed
Developing your skills as a rounded mathematician means a variety of learning and assessment methods. On your course, you will take exams and class tests, plus carry out coursework and research projects. We'll give you regular feedback and assessment, helping you to build on your existing skills. Your fourth-year project will contribute to a third of your final year marks, and you'll be supported along the way by a personal academic supervisor.
At the beginning of each module, you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed for that particular module. 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.
Modules are worth either 10 or 20 credits, and you will take modules totalling 120 credits each year. For each 10 credits of modules you will have 22 hours of lectures.
- 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: in industry
- Fourth year: 5 hours of examples classes for every 10 credits of module