Undergraduate Mathematics Options

General information

All students on Mathematics degrees have some options in year 3 or 4, and most have an option in year 2. To help you choose your options, please see your particular detailed degree structure. You may also find it helpful to use the module pathway information given below. A list of all modules offered by the department, including their syllabi, can be found by clicking here. On the 5th April, the department will host an online module information session to help students make their choices - you will have recieved details of this by email. 

Module pathways

The module pathways page shows all Mathematics honours modules within subject areas, and how they depend on each other. The unbroken lines show the normal required pre-requisites for each module and dotted lines the recommended pre-requisites. Please note that: (i) there will be alternative pre-requisites for students not on Mathematics degrees; (ii) if you are on a Mathematics degree and wish to take a module without having taken the required pre-requisites, you should discuss this with the lecturer and/or the Departmental Tutor.

Please click here to view the module pathways for Mathematics at UCL.

Module registration

Module registration will open in Portico from 3 April to 12 May 2023. You are advised to select your modules as early as possible, as there may be constraints caused by room sizes (although last year nearly all maths students were able to take the maths modules they wished). This is particularly true if you wish to select any non-mathematics modules. 

Students will receive confirmation of their registrations in mid-July. A re-selection process will take place following this for any students who have been not been successful in getting a place on their preferred module, or wish to request a change. 

Final deadlines for module changes

If you do need to change modules and are unable to make such changes yourself via Portico, please e-mail m.l.roberts@ucl.ac.uk, copied to math.ugteaching@ucl.ac.uk with the subject line “OPTION CHANGE” and include in your e-mail your name and student number as well as the module you wish to drop and the one you wish to add.

The normal deadline for changing mathematics modules is Reading Week of the first term. Due to the importance of material covered in the first few weeks of term, we encourage all students to ensure they are happy with their selections and registered to the correct courses early on - and before the start of term if possible. You will not be able to make any changes at all after the Christmas break, so will not be able to change any second term modules after they start. 

Advice and choice

You may seek advice from the Departmental Tutor Dr Mark Roberts (m.l.roberts@ucl.ac.uk), from your personal tutor, or from lecturers. There will also be general advice sessions open for students with queries. 

Please note that you can also click here to see short videos with lecturers introducing the module they are teaching on the Moodle page

Third year MSci students

The choice of options is particularly important for third year MSci students, as it affects which modules and project can be done in year 4.

Please note that if you are taking single honours Mathematics, or Mathematics with Economics/Management/Languages/Mathematical Physics, then you are required to choose one of three main topics (Group 1A Analysis/PDEs, Group 1B Algebra/Number Theory, Group 2 Applied/Applicable Mathematics/Methods) and choose at least four modules (three modules for Maths with * degrees) from your chosen group. Slightly different arrangements hold for Maths and Stats and Maths and Physics. Please see the specific degree structures for more detailed information on this.

Information about module registration process

More information from UCL about the module registration process and the timeline for this year can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/student-status/student-module-selection