Department of Mathematics

Teaching methods and support

How will you learn and be supported?
  • You will develop your understanding in a variety of ways: lectures, workshops, practicals.
  • All modules are supported by workshops in which you can discuss topics raised in lectures or receive help in tackling problems.
  • All students meet with their Academic Advisors periodically throughout their course.
  • You will receive regular feedback on your work from your workshop tutor and from the results of tests in the middle of the Autumn and Spring semesters in years 1 and 2.
  • All faculty have 1 office hour per module per week, but are generally available throughout the week when you can call in for further help and advice either individually or as a group.
  • Improve your academic knowledge and university life skills with the MPS mentoring scheme, providing all students with support on a range of academic issues.
  • If you take a 'with' course such as Mathematics with Finance, many modules in these departments are taught in seminar groups and assessed by a series of essays or presentations.
  • We encourage you to use the computing laboratories at any time they are not being used for formal teaching. There are suites of computers in every building, with access to the University's main computer network, programming, the Library catalogue, word-processing and the internet. Our machines are networked and are frequently upgraded.
What will you achieve?
  • Knowledge of the core areas of pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Advanced knowledge in the areas you choose.
  • Use of a variety of statistical and mathematical techniques for problem solving and modelling.
  • Use of industry-standard software provides you with advanced skills in handling numerical data.
  • Time management through planning your work, meeting deadlines and organising your studies.
  • Experience in working as part of a team – plus developing your organisational skills by working on a group project.
  • End-of-term examinations are the main mode of assessment. Some modules are assessed on practical work, presentations or group projects. Many modules in Finance or Economics are assessed by essays or presentations as well as unseen examinations.
  • Short tests are set in the middle of the semester in years 1 and 2 to check your progress.
  • You can choose projects or dissertations for assessment at later stages of the degree programme.
  • The final degree result is based on the assessment for the second and later years only. It is necessary to pass the Year 1 exams to enter the second year and to pass the Year 2 exams to enter the third/fourth year. These exams are taken in January for Autumn semester modules and May/June for Spring semester modules. Resits for Autumn semester modules are scheduled straight after the assessment period for the Spring semester. Resits for Spring semester modules are scheduled during the summer vacation.

Jo's perspective

Jo Phillips

'I really enjoyed my degree, and although it was challenging at times I was well supported by my lecturers, workshop tutors, academic advisor and peers. I particularly enjoyed geometry and linear algebra as they  built on the things that I liked and succeeded in at A level. I thoroughly enjoyed the first year project; working in groups doing research and drawing on the huge resources available to us was exciting.'

Jo Phillips
Mathematics BSc graduate