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Assessment methods

You will be assessed on what you have learnt in a module in several ways.  The methods of assessment for individual modules and their weightings are detailed on the module information pages.

The deadlines for any coursework are detailed in the relevant module area on KEATS.  Deadlines must be adhered to: coursework will be considered as 'late' as soon as the deadline has passed. You must take the possibility of a delay due to technical errors into account when working to the deadline.

Written examinations

Written examination is the most common method of assessment in Mathematics. All exams for Mathematics modules are held in the Summer Exam Session in May, with the exception of 4CCM111A, 7CCMMS30, 7CCMFM01 and 7CCMFM02 which are held in January.

Almost all of the resit/replacement examinations take place in August.

Please note that for some postgraduate students the resit exam for 7CCMMS30 will be held in May. Please check the module handbook or speak to the module lecturer.

Specifications for written examinations vary; these will be explained to you by your lecturer and repeated on the examination paper's front cover. See the exam paper rubric for more information.

Use of calculators

For examinations in which the use of calculators is permitted, you are expected to bring your own calculator. You will not be provided with one at the examination. 

Only approved models as listed on the Exams Office Webpages can be used.

Bringing a non-approved calculator to an exam will be regarded as an examination offence.

If you are unsure of whether a calculator can be used in your exam please contact the module lecturer in advance.


Lecturers teaching first or second year undergraduate modules set homework exercises week by week. In the final years and during masters programmes exercises will be set as the module progresses, but not necessarily on a weekly basis.

For first and second year undergraduate students your attempts at the exercises will be graded weekly, and the results recorded.

Throughout your degree you are encouraged to talk about your assignments to your lecturers and the teaching assistants that run your tutorials. You can email them, or visit lecturers during their office hours.

Making a serious attempt to do the set questions is a crucial ingredient in developing your understanding of Mathematics: Mathematics is a subject where one learns by ‘doing'. Although studying lecture notes is a valuable activity, you will never really discover whether or not you understand a topic until you try to solve the weekly exercise problems. A sensible approach might involve studying the lecture notes, thinking about the theorems, trying to understand the proofs and so on. Following this it is advisable to attempt some questions from the weekly exercise; at this point you might find that you have to return to your lecture notes, or to read the relevant part of a textbook, and, ultimately, perhaps think more about a definition or a theorem which you previously thought you had understood.

Assessed coursework components and UG Cover Sheet

Assessed Coursework

Any coursework requirement for a particular module will be specified on the module page in the handbook and via KEATS. In cases where the requirement is based on weekly assignments you are responsible for keeping marked assignments in case of any appeals concerning their standard. If you have any queries about the marking of your assignments please raise these with the lecturer concerned as soon as possible. 

You should note that coursework marks only have relevance the first time round; if you fail to pass a module at the first attempt and have to resit an examination, your mark in the resit examinations will be determined solely on the basis of the written paper and the coursework mark will not be taken into account.

Deadlines must be adhered to: coursework will be considered as 'late' as soon as the deadline has passed. You must take the possibility of a delay due to technical errors into account when working to the deadline.

Late submissions within 24 hours of the deadline will be capped at the pass mark.  Late submissions after 24 hours will be given a mark of zero. For extensions to deadlines please see the deadline extension request page.


Written Submissions Cover Sheet

When submitting any written assignments for undergraduate modules within the Department of Mathematics the Submission Coversheet should be attached as the front page.

To make the submission form the first page in a PDF document

  • Go to Edit
  • Edit Texts and Images
  • Go to Pages
  • Combine files into PDF
  • Add the necessary files and rearrange with the submission page as page 1 (there is no need to include pages 2 and 3)
  • Save the new combined file


Postgraduate taught MSc projects

Following successful completion of the taught component of your programme, you will undertake a supervised research project for which you produce a written report of around 10,000 words (35-45 pages).

The project is worth 60 credits so contributes one third of your overall mark and must be successfully completed in order for you to be awarded an MSc.

Detailed information about the projects, including submission, will be available from KEATS.

Class tests

All first year modules have class tests as a form of assessment. Some modules in later years also have class tests.

Class tests are conducted under exam conditions and can be set during the semester or during the January exam period. The tests will be designed to gauge whether or not you have mastered the basic concepts.  Although the questions will not be trivial, neither will they be ‘difficult’. If you work diligently you should be able to approach the January and May/June examinations secure in the knowledge that you are well on the way to reaching the 40% pass mark. Class tests are a useful way of monitoring your progress both for you and for lecturers.

Please see the assessment list for each module in the module listings.

Please visit the KEATS page to read our guidance for students about class tests and the schedule.



21 August 2018


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