Exam Information

Academic Year 2016-17

Undergraduate exam period: 27 April – 26 May 2017.

Some courses will be offered during the post-exam period (please click here for post-exam courses).

Students on Maths degrees (single or combined honours)

Please see the links below for more information on exams for honours students.

Note that it is expected that provisional results will be posted (by candidate number only) on the Mathematics Undergraduate Examinations Moodle page as follows:
Degree classes: 27 June 2017
Module results and progression for Years 1 and 2: 28 June 2017

Formal confirmed results will appear on portico later in the summer. Please see UCL information on exams.

If you want extenuating circumstances taken into account, you must fill in and submit an Extenuating Circumstances Form within 1 week of the relevant exam.


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:

Please note that in 2016-17 the number of questions in Year 1 and Year 2 honours exam papers will be five. This is a change from previous years.

(1) First year honours papers are 2-hour exams, with five questions; you may attempt as many questions as you wish, but only the best four are counted.

(2) Second year honours papers are 2-hour exams, with five questions; you may attempt as many questions as you wish, but only the best four are counted.

(3) 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.

N.B. The 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.

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 GP or hospital. You should make sure you are registered with a GP in the UK.

If you are a finalist, and there are special circumstances which you wish to be taken into account when considering your class of degree (or in relation to the resit penalty for any paper), you should ensure the Departmental Tutor is aware of them. This applies to circumstances during any of the previous years of study or the examination period.

A pdf version of the extenuating circumstances can be found here:

Extenuating Circumstances form (PDF)

or can be obtained from the Maths office (Maths Room 610).

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, arrangements for a deferred assessment may be made in the case of students who are not in the final year of their degree programme - this is normally an alternative exam taken later in the summer.

Withdrawal from Exams

If you wish to apply to withdraw from some or all your examinations, you must do so before the end of the first week of the summer term. You will need to see the Departmental Tutor, and fill in a form for approval by the Faculty Tutor. Withdrawal after this date is only permitted in exceptional circumstances, namely ill health supported by a medical certificate or the death of a near relative. Again you must see the Departmental Tutor.

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

Results available at this stage will be:

1st years BSc/MSci students: Marks for each module.
2nd years BSc/MSci students: Marks for each module. (MSci students: Information as to whether or not the conditions to continue on the MSci course have been met will be dealt with only by individual letter.)
3rd years BSc students: Marks for each module and class of degree (if awarded).
MSci students: Marks for each module and information as to whether or not the conditions to continue on the MSci course have been met (if not, class of BSc degree awarded). Information about the class of BSc degree that would be awarded if progression to year 4 of the MSci degree were abandoned will also be available.
4th years MSci students: Marks for each module, class of MSci (or BSc) degree.

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.


Academic Year 2015-16

If you are eligible for a referral this year, you will be contacted and asked to confirm if you wish to take up the referral: you will then be given the exact date.

Please read the relevant section below whether you are a Mathematics student, or from another department.

The July referrals (27-29 July) will all take place in room 706 (25 Gordon Street).

The September referrals (30 August - 2 September) will all take place in the Harrie Massey LT at 25 Gordon Street.

Please click here to go to the Referrals section.

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.


You can normally retake any module you have failed the following year (unless you have graduated). Normally only one retake is permitted. You must re-take at the first opportunity (normally one year later) and you cannot retake any module you have passed.

You can see from your PORTICO record which component(s) you should re-do: normally examination and/or course-work. Any failed modules should appear automatically, but it is very important that you check this and check which components are required.

If you are not re-attending the module, then you can only re-sit components which you have failed – this is normally either just the exam or the exam and course-work, but occasionally it may be only course-work (if you have obtained more than 40% on the exam but failed overall). In this case you may wish to discuss the situation with Dr Roberts.

If you are re-attending the module (i.e. you have not progressed and are attending as a PTR student) then you are expected to re-sit all components of the module.


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.