Department of Mathematics

Teaching methods and support

How will you learn and be supported?
  • We help you develop your understanding in a variety of ways: lectures, workshops, practicals.
  • All modules are supported by small-group teaching in which you can discuss topics raised in lectures or receive help in tackling problems.
  • All students are seen by their Academic Advisors at the beginning and end of each term. First-year students have a weekly academic session throughout the Autumn Term.
  • 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 terms.
  • All faculty have two office hours 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.
  • In the Spring Term, there are weekly peer-assisted learning sessions by second-year students for first-year students.
  • In addition to the workshops, the Department employs two postgraduate students as Student Support Assistants, one for Year 1 and one for Year 2, who provide additional help during two office hours each per week.
  • 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 computer as a versatile working tool and 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: MATLAB in applied maths modules; SAS in statistics modules. These provide you with advanced skills in handling numerical data.
  • General IT skills such as word processing and email.
  • 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.
Assessment
  • 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 term 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 year. These exams are taken in January for Autumn term modules and May/June for Spring term modules. Resits are available in August/September for those who fail.

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
BSc in Mathematics graduate