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  • General

    SMS Support

    General information for Maths undergraduates

    Students by the Maths Building

    The information here is of general relevance to all undergraduate students taking Mathematical Sciences modules and may also be of interest to prospective students.

    The School of Mathematical Sciences also uses QMplus to support all its taught modules and you should be automatically enrolled in the QMplus site for each of your Maths modules. You can access the QMplus site for any undergraduate Mathematical Sciences modules via our undergraduate module list as a guest, although you can only post to fora, upload files, etc. if you are logged in.

  • Timetable

    Please note that as a student you are expected to be available for lectures, tutorials, other teaching and assessments between 9 am and 6 pm every weekday during term except after 1 pm on Wednesday.

    Your teaching timetable.  This may be updated near to the start of term.

    Click on the TIMETABLE link in the WELCOME block at the top right of this page (or the MODULE INFO block normally at the top right of any QMplus module page) to view your personal teaching timetable, but you must be logged into QMplus for this link to appear.

    For comprehensive timetable information please consult the main Queen Mary timetable; see also this list of room abbreviations used on the timetable.

    When does teaching start?

    Please see the Queen Mary calendar for semester dates. In each teaching semester, lectures start from week 1 and tutorials, which may be run as exercise classes, generally start from week 2. Students should attend all the timetabled lectures and usually one tutorial or exercise class per week for each module. If there is an additional computing lab session, as for some statistics modules, then students should also attend this.

    Please note that you should have 3 hours of lectures for all Mathematical Sciences lecture modules below level 7 (but not for non-lecture modules such as project modules and Teaching and Communicating Mathematics).


    If you have a clash between your modules then we strongly recommend that you view the module timetables and investigate what is clashing and when it is clashing. Module clashes are more likely if you are taking a module out of its target developmental year (e.g. taking a level-5 module in your final year) and with modules taught by other Schools. Mathematical Sciences staff have worked hard to create a timetable with as few clashes as is possible but if you have a clash please contact our Education Manager, Norman McBreen.

    Week 7

    There is a separate timetable for Week 7 for Mathematical Sciences modules below level 7; see i2 Keepin' it real - Maths student support.

    • Maths office / Staff contact details

      The Maths Office is room 101. Opening hours during term time are 9:00 am–5:00 pm (last admission 4:45 pm) every weekday except 9:30 am–10:30 am on Wednesdays. More limited opening hours may apply during vacations.

    • Student handbook

      Handbook for all undergraduate students taking modules taught by the School of Mathematical Sciences

      A good way to find information on a specific topic is to search the single-document version for a keyword (such as "resit") using your web browser's search facilities.

    • Module registration

      Module registration schedule and guidance for continuing students and advisers

      Registration for new modules (not resits or first sits) for continuing students who have optional modules takes place in several stages:

      1. Initial registration: 3 – 29 May 2016. You select all the optional modules you intend to take next academic year using MySIS. This is important because you may not be allowed to take a module if you did not initially register for it: for example, if the module becomes full before final registration opens or if the module requires validation. (Advisers cannot access module registrations during this stage.)
      2. Module organiser approval (MAA): 30 May – 5 June 2016. This stage is not normally used by the School of Mathematical Sciences.
      3. Adviser approval (PAA): 6 June – 3 July 2016. Advisers approve module registrations using MySIS. (Students cannot access module registrations during this stage.)
      4. Final registration amendment and approval: around 20 August – 9 October 2016. You can revise your choice of modules if necessary using MySIS. Students and advisers can access module registrations.
      5. Second-semester module registration amendment: 3 – 22 January 2017. You can revise your choice of modules if necessary for the second-semester only using a paper form.

      If you are a first-year student or a continuing student with no optional modules then your module registration is fixed by your degree programme and you do not need to (and cannot) register for your modules.

      Registration for resits of failed examinations uses a separate online task within MySIS that becomes available in the autumn.

      See also study programmes and modules in the two sections below.

      Note that from academic year 2016–17, a prize of £100 will be awarded for the best first-class mathematical sciences project submitted by a third-year student. Whilst the monetary value of this prize is not substantial, winning it will look very good on your CV! The MTH6138 Third-Year Project and MTH6103 Advanced Statistics Project modules are eligible. (The MTH717U MSci Project module is not eligible.)

    • Study programmes

      Information relating to all degree programmes run by the School of Mathematical Sciences

    • Module details

      Details of all modules taught by the School of Mathematical Sciences

    • Exams / Past exam papers

      Most exam administration is handled centrally by the exams team in ARCS, not by Schools; please see the information about exams on the Queen Mary web site for further details. There is also information relating to exams and revision support at i² Keepin' it real – Mathematical Sciences Student Support.

    • Writing reports and documents

      Guidance for writing Mathematical Sciences project reports and mathematical documents in general

    • Improve your employability

      Employability opportunities and information

    • Graduate attributes

      Graduate attributes are generic descriptors of the characteristics that we expect our graduates to have. They tell our students what they should aim for and employers what they can expect, in broad terms that are not intimately linked to specific degrees. In the School of Mathematical Sciences, we aim to equip our graduates with most of the attributes listed in the Queen Mary Statement of Graduate Attributes, which are summarized below.

    • Free Maple for student private use

      Queen Mary has agreed to pay an increased Maple licence fee to allow it to provide students with a free copy of Maple to download and install on one personal computer each. Please note that all downloads and installations are tracked. If this facility is abused then it may be withdrawn or access may be more closely controlled.

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    • Free online resources

      This information is offered without any endorsement by the School of Mathematical Sciences.

    • Additional costs

      Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences students will normally have to meet the following additional costs.


      All first-year students are required to buy a copy of Thomas’ Calculus packaged with MyMathLab (Pearson), which includes an access code for the MyMathLab website. This is required for Calculus I and II, which are compulsory modules for all Mathematical Sciences students. Students should buy the book plus access code from the Queen Mary bookshop. The full cost in September 2016 was £70.99, which was subsidised by the School of Mathematical Sciences and the bookshop so that students paid £60.99. You should not buy this textbook elsewhere because it may not include a valid MyMathLab access code and you will not receive the Queen Mary subsidy. There are no other compulsory textbooks at present, although buying a few other textbooks may be desirable.

      Statistical tables

      All first-year students are required to buy a copy of Lindley, D V and Scott, W F (1995), New Cambridge Statistical Tables, Cambridge University Press. This costs under £10 and is required for Introduction to Probability and Introduction to Statistics, which are compulsory modules for all Mathematical Sciences students.

      Scientific calculator

      All first-year students are required to buy a simple, battery-powered, hand-held, scientific calculator. This is required for the test(s) and examination for Introduction to Statistics, which is a compulsory module for all Mathematical Sciences students. The calculator should not be programmable or have graphical capabilities, and need not cost more than about £10. It will also be useful for other modules (although the examinations for most modules do not allow the use of calculators).


      Students have to pay their own computer printing costs once they have used their initial free allocation. Printing is currently charged at 4p for black and white and 20p for colour per A4 sheet. New students receive a complementary £4.00 of credit. However, students are increasingly reading documents online, often on their own laptops, tablets or mobile phones, and do not need to print many documents. We are also beginning to accept computer-generated coursework submissions by online or email submission of electronic documents, so that printing is often optional.

      • Start of year

        Induction and enrolment for new and continuing undergraduate Mathematical Sciences students


        Welcome Week 2016 begins on Monday 19 September 2016 and teaching for all students begins on Monday 26 September 2016.

      • Ephemera

        Cartoons, poems, humour and puzzles with a mathematical flavour

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