Exam Information


Before the exams start, please check your timetable for the dates, times and locations of your examinations. It is your responsibility to turn up to the right place at the right time with the right equipment (usually just pens, your candidate number card and your ID for a Mathematics examination). You will be provided with a candidate number - please make sure that you have this number with you, as it must be entered on your script. Your seat number also has to be entered on the script (this will change for each exam). Please make sure that you read and follow instructions on the paper. It is important to write legibly. Calculators are not permitted in most Mathematics exams.

Structure of Papers

ALWAYS READ THE RUBRIC. However Mathematics papers normally have the following structure given below:

All mathematics honours papers are 2-hour exams, with five questions: you may attempt as many questions as you wish, but only the best four solutions are counted.

Ancillary module examination papers have different structures.

For information about the criteria for passing a module, please see the assessment section of Teaching and Learning.

Papers set by other departments may have different structures and rubrics.

First Year Midsessional Examinations

MATH1101, MATH1201, MATH1301 & MATH1401 

Please click here for further information

Mark Roberts (Dept Tutor)
m.l.roberts AT ucl.ac.uk
January 2015

Who Writes and Marks Exams?

The examinations are normally set by the lecturer for the course, checked by a second internal examiner and also by a Visiting Examiner (from outside the college). The examinations are marked by the two internal examiners, and the marking checked by the Visiting Examiner. Examination scripts are marked anonymously. Recommendations about the results of individual courses and degrees awarded are made by the Mathematics Sub-Board to the College Board, which makes the final decisions. The Mathematics Sub-Board includes all the internal examiners and the four Visiting Examiners.

Extenuating Circumstances

If there are any circumstances which affect your examination performance, either during the period of study or during the exam period, and which you would like taken into account, please discuss this with the Departmental Tutor as early as possible and in any case no later than one week after the end of the examination period. Typical circumstances which might be taken into account are serious or prolonged illness, disability or bereavement. This includes being unable to take examination(s) due to these circumstances (please see Missing Exams https://www.ucl.ac.uk/maths/undergraduates/exam-info/exams-accordion/missing-exams).

Please see


for information about extenuating circumstances.  Please note that evidence which is not in English must be accompanied by an official translation, and that medical evidence from alternative practitioners cannot be accepted.

If you want extenuating circumstances taken into account, you must fill in and submit the Extenuating Circumstances form before the given deadline. Medical circumstances must be supported by a letter from a hospital. You should make sure you are registered with a GP in the UK.

Information will be kept confidential and special circumstances will be discussed by a small committee of examiners.

Missing Exams

If you miss an examination due to illness or some other unavoidable cause, please inform a member of staff, preferably the Departmental Tutor, as soon as possible. The Departmental Tutor should be given an Extenuating Circumstances Claim Form (found at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/maths/undergraduates/exam-info/ECform) to the Departmental Tutor together with certifiable supporting evidence, normally a doctor's note. If the reason for absence is accepted as reasonable, you can be granted a deferral to the late summer assessment period or in some cases until next May. Please see


for information about the late summer assessment period.  If you are granted a deferral, you take a new paper and you are awarded the full mark obtained.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Cheating or attempts to cheat may lead to serious consequences, including the degree not being awarded. Unless you are explicitly informed otherwise, you are not allowed to take any written material into the examination - for example, you are not allowed to write formulae on your timetable, which you take into the examination. Please also see information on plagiarism in the student handbook.

Module Levels and Grades

Each module is assigned a level: introductory, first, intermediate, advanced, masters, and it is a requirement of graduating with a BSc that at least three course-units taken shall be at advanced level, and no more than one course-unit at introductory level. In general terms, first year courses will be first level, most second year courses intermediate, some second/third year options advanced level, third year courses advanced and fourth year courses masters. The information about levels can be found on PORTICO. The pass mark for all but masters level courses will be 40%; that for masters level courses will be 50%.

The correspondence between grades and percentage marks for each (non masters level) course module is as follows:

< 40: F (Fail)
40 – 49: third
50 – 59: lower second
60 – 69: upper second
70 – 100: first

Marking Criteria

Please click here (pdf) for the marking criteria.

Results and Transcripts

Provisional results

These are expected to be published for Maths department students only on the Maths department exams moodle page on 28 June.  Results available at this stage will be: …

Provisional marks for each module

Information about progression status and late summer resits (if applicable)

3rd year BSc/4th Year MSci: provisional degree class

3rd year MSci: provisional nominal BSc class of degree (if progressing to year 4); provisional BSc degree awarded (if not eligible to progress)

Formal results on PORTICO

You will find your formal examinations results on the Registry PORTICO website at: www.ucl.ac.uk/portico, usually towards the end of July. This online facility replaces the paper notification sent out in previous years.

Withheld results

Please note that if you owe tuition fees to the college your degree results may be withheld.

Contact after results

Students should make sure that they can be contacted after the provisional exam results are issued. This is particularly important for anyone who has failed to meet the requirements to progress into the next year.


Transcripts are provided by the Registry of the College, usually from around the end of July. Transcripts are sent automatically to the home address of graduating students, and can also be provided to students not in their final year on request. Please see the College website for transcript information and note the Mathematics Department cannot provide transcripts.

Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony (for students who have completed their degree) normally takes place in late August/early September. Arrangements for this are made by the Registry, and not the Department, and you should receive your application form for places from the Registry, which you must return by the specified date if you wish to attend. Transcripts are also provided by the Registry, and not the Department.

Re-sits / Late Summer Assessments

Please note that the rules for re-sits have changed considerably from previous years. Please note the following points:

(i) Referrals will no longer take place (except for student re-sitting exams this May from last year).

(ii) Most resits will take place in the late summer examination period (20 August to 7 September) and hence it may be necessary for you to be in UCL during this period.

(iii) If you have met the conditions to progress, but have failed module(s), you will be offered the opportunity to re-sit these in the late summer examination period.  This will be the only chance to re-sit.

(iv) If you have met the conditions to graduate, you will be awarded a degree and cannot re-sit anything.

(v) If you have not met the conditions to progress/graduate, then you may be asked to re-sit failed modules in the late summer assessment period (if you have failed up to 2 units) or to repeat the failed modules in the next year with attendance (if you have failed more than 2 units).

You will be informed of your situation by e-mail by 9th July.

Please see


for more information on late summer assessments.

Please also see


for more information on progression.

Progression Problems

What happens if insufficient units are passed to allow immediate progression into next year of degree programme or to graduate?

Please note rules have changed considerably from previous years.

You should discuss things with the Departmental Tutor.

(1) If you have failed up to 2 units (60 credits in the new counting system), you will normally take late summer assesssment(s). (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/maths/undergraduates/exam-info/exams-accordion/re-sits) If you then have passed enough units to progress/graduate, you can progress to the next year as normal or graduate (with a slightly later graduation date e.g. 1 Oct).  If you fail to pass enough credits to progress/graduate, you will then have to abandon your degree at UCL.  Note that re-sits are now capped at the pass mark (40% for all UG modules except Leve7 - master’s level – modules).

(2) If you have failed more than 2 units (60 credits in the new counting system), you will normally have to repeat the failed units.  This means re-attending, paying proportionate fees, being a registered UCL student, attending lectures, submitting coursework, etc, and taking the exams in May 2019.  If you are in receipt of a student loan, you should contact the student loan company to find out the situation.

(3) You can give up the degree programme. If you are in the first year, you may be able to find another more suitable degree programme to start; if so, you may be able to obtain loans, etc. for the new degree programme, provided that the change of programme is supported by both institutions involved. It is your responsibility to find a new course, apply for it, discuss any matters to do with loans with student loan company, etc, although you may get advice from the Departmental Tutor or other staff.


If you are unhappy with your results, or with not being allowed to stay on the MSci degree, please discuss it in the first place with the Departmental Tutor (as soon as possible after the informal results come out). If you then wish to pursue matters further, there are procedures for formal appeals (please consult the Departmental Tutor and see the UCL Student Handbook). There is no provision for academic re-evaluation of papers.

Your Class of Degree

All module results count towards your final degree. The year averages will be calculated as follows:

Year 1: [Sum of best 4 half-units + (1/2) sum of remaining 4 half-units]/6
i.e. worst 4 half-units are half-weighted

Year 2 and 3: [Sum of best 6 half-units + (1/2) sum of remaining 2 half-units]/7
i.e. worst 2 half-units are half-weighted

Year 4: Average of all results.

Final mark for the degree programme is obtained as a weighted average of these year averages (weighted 1:3:5 for BSc students and 1:3:5:5 for MSci students). The final class of degree is based on this weighted average. Various factors are taken into account, but the following ranges of marks are taken as guidelines for the class of degree normally awarded:

40 - 49 Third

50- 59 Lower Second

60 - 69 Upper Second

70+ First

Firsts, upper and lower seconds and thirds are all Honours degrees.


 Any queries should be taken up in the first place with the Departmental Tutor, Dr Mark Roberts. Other relevant people are: Prof Gavin Esler (Chair of the Mathematics Sub-Board), Professor Robb McDonald (Head of Department) and Dr Caroline Essex (MAPS Faculty Tutor).

Past Exam Papers

The sale of the module solutions to previous years' examination papers ceased on 1 February 2013 as decided by Departmental Teaching Committee.
The solutions to most exam papers will now be freely available on the Moodle page of the module.

Other students taking Mathematics modules

Please see Information about referrals.

Please note that no results are released from the Mathematics Department. You will either get your results formally via Portico, or else your home department may release provisional results.