Information for Part A Students

This page contains information for second year students and is primarily for Mathematics, and Mathematics and Philosophy students. You are also encourage to consult the undergraduate handbook (and supplements) and examination conventions for your course. The information may be of interest to other joint school students but please also consult the website of the Department of Statistics or the Department of Computer Science as appropriate. 

Key Dates

Lectures

Options for Part B 2018-19

Key Dates 

Michaelmas Term

 

Week 1, Thursday (5.00pm) Undergraduate Welcome Party (all students welcome)                                                                        
Week 7, Tuesday Jobs for Mathematicians Event

Hilary Term

 
Week 2, Monday 5pm     

Deadline for Mathematics & Philosophy students to apply to be examined in an optional subject requiring special approval.

Week 4                                             Online examination entry will usually need to be completed this week

Trinity Term

 
Week 2, Friday Finals forum - revision advice                                                                             
Week 3, Friday Trinity term lectures finish
Week 4, Monday Part B options fair - provisional date
Week 8, Monday Provisional start date of the Mathematics exams
Week 10, Friday (5pm) Deadline for registering for Part B options 

Lectures

The lecture list will be published termly and a timetable specific to your year of study will be made available online.

Options for Part B 2018-19

Mathematics

Part B Mathematics students must offer 8 units for examination selected from the schedule of units for Part B.  The draft list of courses will be published in Trinity term 2018 and you will be asked to register for the options you intend to take by the end of week 10.  You may alter the options you have registered for after this but it is helpful if your registration is as accurate as possible.   An options fair will be held in Trinity term and at this representatives from the subject panels will be available to discuss the courses offered and answer any questions you have.

Every effort will be made when timetabling lectures to ensure that lectures do not clash. However, because of the large number of options this may sometimes be unavoidable. In the event of clashes being necessary, then students will be notified of the clashes by email and in any case options will only be allowed to clash when the take-up of both options is unlikely or inadvisable.

Mathematics and Philosophy

Part B Mathematics and Philosophy students must offer the following for examination:

  • four units from mathematics schedule 1 (of which two must be B1.1 Logic and B1.2 Set Theory);
  • three subjects in philosophy (of which two must be 122 and either 101 or 102);
  • either two further mathamematics units from schedules 1 and 2 combined or one further subject in philosophy.

The draft mathematics schedules will be published in Trinty term 2018 and you will be asked to register for the mathematics options you intend to take by the end of week 10.  You may alter the options you have registered for after this but it is helpful if your registration is as accurate as possible.   An options fair will be held in Trinity term and at this representatives from the subject panels will be available to discuss the courses offered and answer any questions you have.

The list of Philosophy subjects will be published in the Examination Regulations.

Registering for Courses

You will regsiter for courses through the department's website.  You will be send an email to let you know when registration is open. 

Students who register for a course or courses for which there is a quota should consider registering for an additional course (by way of a "reserve choice") in case they do not receive a place on the course with the quota. They may also have to give the reasons why they wish to take a course which has a quota, and provide the name of a tutor who can provide a supporting statement for them should the quota be exceeded. Where this is necessary students will be contacted by email after they have registered. In the event that the quota for a course is exceeded, the Mathematics Teaching Committee will decide who may have a place on the course on the basis of the supporting statements from the student and tutor, and all relevant students will be notified of the decision by email. In the case of the "Undergraduate Ambassadors' Scheme" students will have to attend a short interview in Week 0, Michaelmas Term. 

Pathways

By and large Part B options lead naturally to one or more related Part C options in the fourth year. The most obvious exceptions to this are the options

  • BSP Structed Projects
  • BO1.1 History of Mathematics
  • BN1 Mathematics Education and Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme

Any student taking two of these three options (taking all three is not permitted) should realize that this may limit or make difficult a choice of options in the fourth year. The only current means of continuing with the history or pedagogy of mathematics in the fourth year is via a dissertation.