School of Mathematical Sciences

Incoming students

This information is for overseas students wishing to study at Queen Mary. If you are a current Queen Mary student, please visit our Departures page.

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London welcomes Study Abroad and Erasmus+ students who form a valuable part of our community.

Queen Mary is home to one of the largest mathematics departments in the UK. As a student at Queen Mary, you will benefit from the expertise of staff who specialise in a wide range of topics. Research interests in the School embrace pure mathematics, probability and statistics, dynamical systems and computing along with many other exciting areas of mathematics.

There are two programmes available for overseas students wishing to study at Queen Mary:

Study Abroad at Queen Mary

The Study Abroad programme is for undergraduate students from overseas universities who want to study at QMUL for a semester or year abroad.

Queen Mary offers a fully integrated Study Abroad programme so you would be living and studying alongside students from the UK and countries all over the world. Our Study Abroad students are immersed in culture and have a truly international experience.

Queen Mary's Study Abroad webpages contain a wealth of information about academic life at Queen Mary including information on entry requirements and how to apply.

For questions about Study Abroad at Queen Mary you can contact the Study Abroad team at study-abroad@qmul.ac.uk.

Erasmus+

The Erasmus+ scheme is an exchange programme for students enrolled at our partner institutions who want to study at QMUL for a semester or year abroad. The School of Mathematical Sciences partner institutions are:

Queen Mary's Erasmus+ webpages contain more information on applying from one of our partner institutions and what to expect from student life at Queen Mary.

For questions about Erasmus+ at Queen Mary you can contact the Erasmus+ team at erasmus@qmul.ac.uk.

Contact the School of Mathematical Sciences

Dr Felipe Rincon is the International Student Exchange Coordinator in the School of Mathematical Sciences and can answer questions about academic study and our degree programmes.

Email: f.rincon@qmul.ac.uk.

Where can I find details of Mathematical Sciences modules?

You can access summary details of Mathematical Sciences modules, including timetabling, in the Queen Mary Directory of Modules(link is external) by typing MTH into the search box. Full details, except timetabling, of all current Mathematical Sciences modules are also available online(link is external), but please check the academic year shown. If you are looking for modules for next academic year then the list may change a little; please check again after Easter. Teaching support information for our students is normally publicly available via QMplus(link is external), the Queen Mary Online Learning Environment, although during the summer transition to the next academic year some modules in QMplus may be hidden.

What do module codes mean?

All modules at Queen Mary have a code that begins with three letters that indicate the School that teaches the module. The codes for all modules taught by the School of Mathematical Sciences begin with MTH, which is followed by four characters, as follows:

  • All undergraduate Mathematical Sciences modules at level 3–6 have codes of the form MTHlabc, where labc are digits and l is the level.
  • All undergraduate Mathematical Sciences modules at level 7 have codes of the form MTH7abU, where ab are digits. These modules all have postgraduate analogues with different codes, which have the form MTH7abP or MTHMxyz, where xyz are digits. The only difference between the undergraduate and postgraduate versions of our level-7 modules is the grading scheme. If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student then you should normally register for respectively the undergraduate or postgraduate version of any level-7 modules.

Which modules can I take?

If you are an associate student then you can take modules that appear in the Queen Mary Directory of Modules(link is external) with a tick in the Associates column. Equivalently, all current Mathematical Sciences modules(link is external) are available to you except a handful that say "Not open to study-abroad students" under Restrictions. However, please note that all MTH modules are intended for Math-major students, i.e. students whose degree programme is at least 50% mathematics. More elementary modules are available in our Science and Engineering Foundation Programme(link is external) and associate students can take most of those modules.

If you are an Erasmus exchange student then generally you can take only modules offered by the School with which you have made the exchange, so if you are a mathematics student you can take only MTH modules, apart from a few language modules that are available to all Erasmus students.

What is the level of difficulty of a module?

The level of difficulty of a module at Queen Mary is indicated by a number in the range 3–7: level 3 corresponds to pre-university or foundation level; levels 4–6 correspond to undergraduate years 1–3 respectively; level 7 corresponds to Masters level. The first digit of an undergraduate Mathematical Sciences module code indicates the level.

What is the level of difficulty of a module?

Most of our modules have a number of prerequisites that you should satisfy before you take the module. One prerequisite for any of our modules is that you would be accepted for a Math-major degree programme in your home country. Other prerequisites are expressed in terms of our own modules, but you should look up their details and ensure that you have studied similar material at a similar level. (Our study abroad coordinator will check this before confirming your module registration.)

What combinations of modules work together?

We gather combinations of modules that work well together into specific degree programmes to be followed by Queen Mary students. You can access summary details of Mathematical Sciences degree programmes in the Queen Mary undergraduate course finder by typing Mathematical Sciences into the search box. You can also access full details of Mathematical Sciences study programmes and subject stream diagrams, which indicate how our main modules are related and give a pictorial indication of prerequisites within four subject areas – Algebra and Discrete Mathematics, Analysis and Geometry, Applied Mathematics, Probability and Statistics – one per page of a PDF file.

Can I change my module registration?

You can change you module registration once you arrive at Queen Mary up to the end of the second week of teaching in semester A and you can change your semester-B module registration up to the end of the second week of semester B.

Where can I find reading lists?

You can find the reading lists for all our modules by searching Reading Lists Online or by selecting from the list of Reading Lists Online Mathematical Sciences modules. (But note that this list may include some modules that are not currently available.) You can also access reading lists via QMplus or our list of all current Mathematical Sciences modules. However, note that we do not normally rely heavily on a particular textbook. You will be expected to take your own notes in lectures, which are normally supported by notes provided during the semester by the module organiser via QMplus. For most modules, the reading list is primarily intended to provide additional background reading.

Where can I find reading lists?

You can find the reading lists for all our modules by searching Reading Lists Online or by selecting from the list of Reading Lists Online Mathematical Sciences modules. (But note that this list may include some modules that are not currently available.) You can also access reading lists via QMplus or our list of all current Mathematical Sciences modules. However, note that we do not normally rely heavily on a particular textbook. You will be expected to take your own notes in lectures, which are normally supported by notes provided during the semester by the module organiser via QMplus. For most modules, the reading list is primarily intended to provide additional background reading.

Is there a "reading week" in the middle of the semester?

The School of Mathematical Sciences does not operate a "reading week" but instead uses week 7 of each semester as a consolidation and test week. Modules at levels 4 and 5 normally have a "mid-term test" towards the end of week 7 that contributes 10% to the overall assessment and is often preceded by a revision lecture towards the beginning of week 7.

How are modules taught?

Most Mathematical Sciences modules are delivered via lectures and exercise classes, but some modules include computer labs. Independent study is also an important component of your studies and is in addition to your lectures and classes.

How are modules assessed?

Most modules (taught in both semesters) are assessed primarily by a written examination in May or June. Study abroad students who attend Queen Mary only during semester A will instead have a written examination in the last week of the semester. There may also be a contribution from a mid-term test. A small number of project-based modules are assessed entirely by work submitted during the semester. For details of the assessment pattern for a specific module click on the module code in the modules list available for all current Mathematical Sciences modules and look for Assessment in the Details section. You are permitted one resit exam in August for any module you fail, which must be sat at Queen Mary.

Do you offer real analysis?

Yes, but we don't call it real analysis! Our real analysis modules are MTH5104 Convergence and Continuity followed by MTH5105 Differential and Integral Analysis . Please see also Analysis and Geometry in our subject stream diagrams for other related modules.