Algebra (G5144)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

Algebra gives you the tools to recognise when very different mathematical objects share the same underlying structure. Thanks to the concept of ‘group’, you will be able to treat in the same way the set of real numbers and the collection of symmetries of a Platonic solid.

You will also come to understand that there are situations where extremely useful properties, like being free to multiply numbers together in any order you like, are no longer true.


100%: Lecture


20%: Coursework (Portfolio, Problem set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 39 hours of contact time and about 111 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: