Exam Information

Exam Information for 2021/22

The Department of Mathematics will be communicating specific relevant information regarding assessments to students directly, via Email and/or Moodle. Please ensure you check these regularly for updates. Some key information can be found below, and this webpage will continue to be updated throughout the year as more details are confirmed.

General Queries: math.ugteaching@ucl.ac.uk

Urgent contact address during examinations: math.ugexams@ucl.ac.uk 

Extenuating Circumstances

(Link to the online Extenuating Circumstances webform)

‘Extenuating Circumstances’ (ECs) are events that are unexpected, significantly disruptive and beyond your control, such as a serious illness or bereavement, and the Extenuating Circumstances process is designed to help with any short-term problems that you might have with completing an assessment. You are responsible for letting us know about any event that might affect your performance in assessments (exams or assignments) at the time that it takes place, and must complete the application within 1 week of the EC. More information about applying for Extenuating Circumstances, and where to go for advice, can be found on the Mathematics Wellbeing Moodle site.

This year, UCL has agreed that students can self-certify if they have Extenuating Circumstances for two occasions of up to 14 days, with a minimum of 14 days between any separate self-certified EC periods. Further information for students is available hereAll EC applications are expected to meet the criteria set out in UCL's Grounds for ECs.

Approved applications for ECs for exams will result in the exam being deferred to the Late Summer Assessment period. It is not normally possible to grant extensions for examinations via the EC process. 

If you need to apply for Extenuating Circumstances during the exam period, please complete the webform linked below, and send an accompanying email to notify the department, to math.ugwelfare@ucl.ac.uk. You can contact us at any time at this address if you have any issues you wish to discuss. 


2021/22: The first-year exams in MATH0003, MATH0005, MATH0008, and MATH0010 will take place during the first week of Term 2, as will the second-year exams in MATH0013 and MATH0016. All other exams will take place in Term 3. All exams will be online in 2021/22.

2022/23: The first-year exams in MATH0003, MATH0005, MATH0008, and MATH0010 will take place during the first week of Term 2. All other exams will take place in Term 3. The format of exams for 2022/23 will be announced later on in 2022. 

Before the exams start, please check your timetable for the dates and times of your examinations. Please make sure that you carefully read and follow the instructions on the paper. Always read the rubric describing the structure of the paper. It is important to write legibly and follow the submission of handwritten answers guidance. Calculators are not permitted in most Mathematics exams.

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 section below). 

Updated information regarding the EC process for 2021/22, including the EC application form, can be found at the top of this webpage. Please also refer to the relevant section of the UCL Academic Manual for further information about extenuating circumstances. Please note that evidence that is not in English must be accompanied by an official translation and that medical evidence from alternative practitioners cannot be accepted.

Any information that you send us will be kept confidential and special circumstances will be discussed with discretion and anonymously where possible 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. You should also complete an Extenuating Circumstances Claim Form, and may be required to include certifiable supporting evidence, such as a doctor's note. Please refer to the section on Extenuating Circumstances above for more information. If the reason for absence is accepted as reasonable, you can be granted a deferral to the late summer assessment period in August/or in some cases until next May. If you are granted a deferral, you take a new paper and are awarded the full uncapped mark obtained.

Cheating and Plagiarism

Academic integrity Students must maintain the highest of standards of academic integrity whilst studying at UCL.  All work submitted for assessment must be your own work.  You will be asked to tick a Declaration of Integrity before you submit your assessment. For more information on UCL’s regulations: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/exams-and-assessments/academic-integrity

Cheating or attempts to cheat may lead to serious consequences, including the degree not being awarded. Please refer to the information on plagiarism in the student handbook.

Module Levels and Grades

Each module is assigned a level: introductory, (Level 4), intermediate (Level 5), advanced (Level 6), masters (Level 7), and it is a requirement of graduating with a BSc that at least 90 credits taken shall be at Level 6 or above, and no more than 150 credits at Level 4. In general terms, first year courses will be Level 4, most second year courses Level 5, some second/third year options Level 6, third year courses Level 6, and fourth year courses Level 7. The information about levels can be found on Portico. The pass mark for all Level 4/5/6 courses will be 40%; that for Level 7 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

The Mathematics Department aims to publish provisional results for final exams taken in January later on in the Spring Term. The department does not publish provisional results from the main exam period ahead of the official results day.

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 with the date confirmed in advance by the college. 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 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 UCL website for transcript information, including details of how to order e-transcripts. Please note that 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) Most resits will take place in the Late Summer Assessment period (August - September) and hence it may be necessary for you to be available during this period.
  • (ii) 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.
  • (iii) If you have met the conditions to graduate, you will be awarded a degree and cannot re-sit anything.
  • (iv) 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 30 credits) or to repeat the failed modules in the next year with attendance (if you have failed more than 30 credits).

You will be informed of your situation by e-mail in mid-July.

Please see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/exams-and-assessments/exams/late-summer-assessments for more information on late summer assessments.

Please also see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/maths/current-students/current-undergraduates/general-rules-and-progression for more information on progression.

Progression Problems

What happens if insufficient units are passed to allow immediate progression into the next year of your 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 60 credits, you will normally take late summer assessment(s) - please see the information above. 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 50% for master's level modules).
  2. If you have failed more than 60 credits, 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 the May exam period. 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

Normally, All module results count towards the final degree classification.

Please note that there have been some changes to how degree classification is calculated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic:

Students who were in year 1 in 2019/20: The first year of study will be zero weighted for the purposes of degree classification for all students in this cohort. 

BSc students who were in year 2, or MSci students who were in year 2 or 3 in 2019/20: The weighted year average will be calculated from the best 60 credits. If use of your best 60 credits results in a detrimental outcome, 2019/20 assessments will be excluded from the classification (weighted at 0).


Otherwise, the year averages will be calculated as follows:

Students who started before 2018:

  • Year 1: [Sum of best 60 credits + (1/2) sum of remaining 60 credits]/6.  (i.e. worst 4 half units-are half weighted)
  • Year 2 and 3: [Sum of best 90 credits + (1/2) sum of remaining 30 credits]/7.  (i.e. worst 2 half units-are half weighted)
  • Year 4: Mean of all 120 credits

The 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. Please see the table below for degree class details. 

Students who started in 2018 or later:

  • All Years: The year average is simply the mean of all 120 credits

The 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). Students that started in 2019 and took the first-year capstone assessment will have that year excluded from this weighting, as it does not carry a numerical grade. The final class of degree is based on this weighted average. The basic ranges are as follows:

  • 40 - 49%: Third
  • 50 - 59%: Lower Second
  • 61 - 69%: Upper Second
  • 70 - 100%: First

More precisely (including borderline criteria):

Overall MarkDegree Result
40.00 - 48.49%


48.50 - 49.49%

Borderline Lower Second/Third: 


Less than 60 credits in final year with a mark of 50% or better: Third

 At least 60 credits in final year with a mark of 50% or better: Lower Second
49.50 - 58.49%Lower Second
58.50 - 59.49%Borderline Upper Second/Lower Second: 
 Less than 60 credits in final year with a mark of 60% or better: Lower Second
 At least 60 credits in final year with a mark of 60% or better: Upper Second
59.50 - 68.49%Upper Second
68.50 - 69.49%Borderline First/Upper Second:
 Less than 60 credits in final year with a mark of 70% or better: Upper Second
 At least 60 credits in final year with a mark of 70% or better: First
69.50 - 100%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: Professor Dmitri Vassiliev (Chair of the Mathematics Sub-Board), Professor Helen Wilson (Head of Department), and Zak Liddell (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.