In first year, teaching for each module centres on a daily lecture (100 to 250 students) and a weekly small group tutorial (8 to 12 students) where students undertake exercises and discuss each week’s topics. In addition, computer labs (25 to 60 students) are held once a week for each module, to assist with both computing and problem-solving skills.
In second year, each module typically comprises five lectures (100 to 250 students), one tutorial (8 to 12 students), one computer lab (25 to 60 students), and one examples class (25 to 60 students) per fortnight.
You will develop increasing independence and initiative as you progress through your degree programme so that by third and fourth year the average teaching load drops to around ten hours of lectures and four tutorials per week.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and computer labs, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- preparing coursework assignments
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing for examinations.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team with expertise and knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of tutorials, examples classes and computing classes under the supervision of the module leader.
You can find contact information for all Mathematics staff on the School of Mathematics and Statistics website.
In addition to your studies in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, optional academic support is available through practical study skills courses and workshops hosted within the University.
The University’s student services team can help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities, long term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities webpage.
Progress is monitored through tutorial assignments and sub-honours modules are assessed by a balanced combination of coursework and written exams. At Honours level modules may be assessed by written examination alone or a combination of written examination and coursework.
Examinations are held at the end of each semester during a dedicated exam diet with revision time provided beforehand.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics provides feedback on every assessment, with a view to improving your future performance, and aims to provide feedback on assessments and coursework within three weeks.
Undergraduates at the University of St Andrews must achieve at least 7.0 on the St Andrews 20-point grade scale to pass a module. To gain access to Honours-level modules, students must achieve the relevant requisites as specified in the policy on entry to Honours and in the relevant programme requirements. Please note that some Schools offer qualified entry to Honours, and this will be clearly specified in the programme requirements. To find out the classification equivalent of points, please visit the common reporting scale webpage.