Undergraduate student handbook

Using this handbook

This Handbook is intended for students following a degree programme offered by the School of Mathematics in the academic year 2013-2014. You should read the Handbook carefully at the start of the academic year and then refer to it at various times during the year.

The contents of this Handbook are correct at the time of going to press. However, some changes may be unavoidable and so, if necessary, you will be notified of any corrections by e-mail. It is very important that you check your university e-mail regularly, as information and reminders are often sent to your university e-mail address. (Note that university e-mail is always sent to your university e-mail address, not to any personal e-mail addresses you might have.) Information about individual lecture courses (for example, about the nature of the coursework or the dates of coursework tests) will be announced during lectures.

If you have any questions not covered in the following pages, then do see your Academic Advisor or Programme Director. If you require any further information, please call in and discuss it with the Senior Tutor of the School of Mathematics (Dr. Ruth Thomas, Room 1.108, Alan Turing Building).

Up-to-date information about the University of Manchester and its Schools and facilities can be found here.

My Manchester provides quick and easy access to various University services, including your e-mail, your personal file storage space (your P-drive), University news and calendars, Blackboard (the University’s virtual learning environment) and the Crucial Guide (see below). You will need your University username and password to log into My Manchester.  It can be found here.

The Crucial Guide contains essential advice, information and guidance for students at The University of Manchester. It can be found here.

You can also obtain the Crucial Guide by logging into My Manchester and then selecting the My Campus Life tab, followed by the Crucial Guide portlet.

The Student Charter, developed jointly by the University and the Students’ Union, is an important part of how the University establishes and maintains clear mutual expectations for the experience of all students.  It sets out what we can expect from each other as partners in a learning community.  It can be found here.

Up-to-date information about the School of Mathematics can be found at the School of Mathematics home page.

Essential information about your degree programme can be found at here.

For example, this site contains course unit descriptions (syllabuses) for all Mathematics course units (lecture courses) offered by the School of Mathematics, as well as timetables, the electronic version of this Handbook and lots of other information about your degree programme.

For those who want to download all 103 pages of the UG Handbook, excluding the appendices, you can do so from UGHandbook13. Otherwise you can download individual sections from the list below.

1. General Information

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  • Recent History of the School,
  • The Alan Turing Building.
    Dates of Semesters for 2013-2014
    School Communication
  • Student Counselling Service,
  • Fire Safety,
  • Fire Information,
  • First Aid,
  • Health and Safety Staff.


2. Programme Overview

    Degree Programmes offered by the School.
  • Level 1 Units offered by the School,
  • Level 1 units offered to each degree programme.
  • Level 2 Units offered by the School,
  • Timetable constraints,
  • Outside Course Units,
  • Compulsory and Optional Units for each Honours Degree Programme,
  • Ordinary degree Programmes.
  • Level 3 Units offered by the School,
  • Level 4 Units offered by the School,
  • Level 2 Mathematics Course Units and Outside Course Units,
  • Compulsory and Optional Units for each Honours Degree Programme,
  • Ordinary degree Programmes.
    Self-registration on My Manchester.
    BSc Honours Degree Programme in Actuarial Science and Mathematics: Exemption Arrangements.
    Royal Statistical Society Accreditation.
    The School of Mathematics has agreements with some overseas universities so that students can enter the Second Year of the BSc Honours degree programme in Mathematics and Statistics.
    Study Abroad
  • Course Units and Credits,
  • Lectures,
  • Feedback Tutorials (Examples Classes),
  • Feedback Supervisions,
  • Coursework,
  • Private Study,
  • Solving Mathematical Problems,
  • Learning Theorems,
  • Using Textbooks,
  • Revision Techniques,
  • Examination Technique.


3. Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • Deadlines for submitting evidence about Mitigating Circumstances.
  • Mathematics Examinations,
  • Examination Timetables,
  • Examination Regulations,
  • Disclosure of Marks and Transcripts.
  • Marking Scheme for Examined Course Units (Lecture Courses),
  • Progression Rules,
  • Compensation and Resits (First and Second Year Students only).
  • Marking Scheme for Examined Course Units (Lecture Courses),
  • Progression Rules.
  • Plagiarism,
  • Collusion,
  • Fabrication or falsification of results.
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    Appeals and Complaints
    External Examiners for Undergraduate Programmes


4. Attendance and Changing your Degree Programme

  • Attendence requirements,
  • Attendence monitoring census for International Students.
  • Transfer between degree programmes,
  • Interruption (or suspension) of Studies,
  • Repeat of studies,
  • Withdrawing from your degree programme,
  • Tuition Fees for Students who Withdraw or Interrupt.


5. Student Support and Guidance

  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies,
  • The Director of Undergraduate Teaching,
  • The Senior Tutor,
  • Programme Directors.
  • Operation of the Academic Advisor System,
  • Objectives,
  • Content of Meetings with Academic Advisor,
  • Minimum Suggested Requirements of Academic Advisors,
  • Minimum Suggested Requirements of Advisees.
  • Teaching and Learning Office,
  • School Disability Coordinator.
  • Sickness and Absence
  • Peer Mentoring,
  • Peer Assisted Study Scheme,
  • Personal Development Planning (PDP)
  • Overseas Students
  • Student Services Centre,
  • Students' Union Advice Centre,
  • Student Counselling Service,
  • Disability Support Office,
  • Student Guidance Service,
  • Accommodation Office,
  • Careers Service,
  • Childcare,
  • Mature Students,
  • Nightline.

6. Student Representation and Feedback

  • School Board,
  • Undergraduate Teaching Committee,
  • Staff-Student liaison Committee,
  • Programme committees,
  • Student Questionnaires,
  • National Student Survey (NSS).

7. Learning Resources and Student Facilities

  • University of Manchester Library,
  • The Joule Library,
  • Alan Gilbert Learning Commons,
  • Computing Facilities,
  • MathSoc, Galois Group and Actuarial Society,
  • The Students' Union,
  • The Manchester Aquatic Centre.


  • Members of Staff of the School of Mathematics


All students commencing their studies from September 2012 will be subject to the regulations in this Appendix.

  • Credit and Award framework,
  • Accreditation of prior learning,
  • Assessment and Progression,
  • Compensation,
  • Reassessment,
  • Carrying Forward Failed Credit,
  • Repeating the year,
  • Exit Awards,
  • Final Year of an Undergraduate Programme,
  • Classification of the MMath,
  • Classification in Bachelors Programmes,
  • Examination Board Arrangements,
  • Undergraduate Degree Classification Scheme,
  • Variations applying to the School of Mathematics.


All students who commenced their studies before September 2012 (and have not interrupted, repeated a year or transferred from a different School) will be subject to the regulations in this Appendix. 

  • Credit framework,
  • Award framework,
  • Accreditation of prior learning,
  • Titles of awards,
  • Minimum and maximum study periods,
  • Assessment,
  • Progression,
  • Mitigation,
  • Classification,
  • Variations applying to the School of Mathematics.


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