Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for a range of frequently asked questions related to current and future students of the School of Mathematical Sciences.
- I'm a first year student and I need some help with my assignment
Go to Help for first year students.
- I'd like to contact my Maths 1A tutor for some extra help
Casual tutors are only contracted for the hours they teach. For extra help, if you are a first year student then you need to look at Help for first year students. For second and third year students contact your lecturer.
- I'm a second or third year student and I need some help with my assignment
Contact your lecturer. If you don't know their name, first find your course on the undergraduate page and then select course outline. Under the section heading Course Staff you will be given the course coordinator. You can click on the name or rightclick and copy the email address. Your course coordinator will direct you to help.
- I'd like the contact details of my lecturer and their consulting hours
Your lecturer's contact details can be found on the People page. You can contact them for their consulting hours.
- The course descriptions don't give me enough information. How do I find more?
In the first instance visit a course advisor who will help you choose courses to achieve your goals. Otherwise you can contact the lecturer directly.
- I'd like to do a double degree
Please visit the course advisors.
- How do I apply for scholarship?
The Scholarships page will have information.
- What prizes can I get if I study hard?
The prizes page gives details of eligibility and amount of prizes.
- Is there any maths related work that I can get paid for in the holidays?
Try a Summer Scholarship.
- I just *love* maths! Where can I find like-minded people to do puzzles and hang out with?
- I've done my Undergraduate Degree and want further study
Look through the Future Students pages on our website.
- What do all the terms Honours, MPhil, PhD mean?
- The Honours Year is an extra year of coursework.
- The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a two year degree comprising mainly or all research (depending on your previous study).
- The Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) is a three to four year degree purely research.
- If I want to do a PhD do I have to do both Honours and MPhil?
No. First see the question which explains the lengths of the degrees. Suppose you have completed your Undergraduate Degree which usually takes three years of coursework. If you achieve an average credit standing in your third year, you can choose to do an extra year of coursework called the Honours Year, and after that you may choose to do a research degree MPhil or a PhD. Alternatively, if you achieve an average distinction standing in your third year, you can choose to do a two year coursework/research degree mixed MPhil and then a PhD.
- I'm interested in doing honours. Where can I find information?
- What's the difference between Honours and Masters (MPhil)?
Look at the section titled Honours vs Master of Philosophy.
- What's the difference between Masters (MPhil) and Doctorate (PhD)?
There are actually two types of MPhil, but basically an MPhil is a two year degree comprising mainly or all research and a Doctorate is a three to four year purely research degree.