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Teaching at Leeds

Maths subjects are taught by lectures supported by tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. As a mathematics undergraduate at Leeds you will enjoy extensive tutorial support. The course offers many modes of learning and assessment. You will have great freedom of choice, both in your workload and, depending on your programme, in the range of subjects you can study.

» Lectures and Tutorials

The most common way of imparting knowledge is the 50-minute lecture, with audiences ranging from more than 100 down to 5 students. Many core modules in the first two years are taught in large lectures, but they get smaller as the course diversifies and the range of options increases.

The lectures are are supported by tutorials in smaller groups and workshops. Each module typically has weekly or bi-weekly tutorials.

Other formats include computer-lab sessions, group work and directed self-study.

» Peer Mentoring

Under the peer mentoring scheme, students in higher years guide and support students in lower years.

» Personal Tutors

As an undergraduate you will have a Personal Tutor, who is usually an academic member of staff. Your tutor's role has three main strands: academic, pastoral, and administrative.

  • Your tutor will advise you on your course, helping you negotiate the many options.
  • Your tutor will be concerned about your personal welfare. If the going gets tough, your tutor will provide encouragement, a sympathetic ear and, if appropriate, impartial advice. For problems your tutor cannot deal with, there are professional advisors on campus.
  • Once you've completed your degree course, your tutor will be a good point of contact for letters of reference or advice on future careers and PG study options.

» The Electives System

With some degree programmes you have the option to take elective modules from across the University. Almost any subject taught in the University can be studied, allowing you to fashion your own academic profile as your interests develop. You may opt for 100% mathematics, or choose a strong second subject not unlike a joint degree, or study a broader spread of disciplines.

You can search the module catalogue for electives. Please note that it is not possible to guarantee the availability of particular modules in future years, and that you will normally only be permitted to take electives whose timetable does not clash with the rest of your degree programme.

» Getting Involved

While at the School of Mathematics you can also get involved with the Maths Society that works to bring students together with a range of social activities. There are also opportunities to raise ideas on Undergraduate teaching at the Staff/Student forum.

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