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MT5821 Advanced Combinatorics

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
Availability restrictions:Availability subject to confirmation
Planned timetable:12.00 noon Mon (odd weeks), Wed and Fri

Combinatorics underlies and interacts many topics in discrete mathematics including group theory, statistical design, and statistical mechanics, as well as being a lively subject in its own right. The module will give students a good grounding in the techniques and will engage students with research-level problems. It is designed to make a wide area of combinatorics available to students.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


At least three from MT5821, MT5823 - MT5830, MT5836 and MT5990 compulsory for MMath Pure Mathematics. At least 60 credits from MT5751 - MT5753, MT575 - MT5759, MT5802, MT5806, MT5809, MT5810, MT5821, MT5823 - MT5830, MT5836, MT5852, MT5990 and ID5059 compulsory for MMath Mathematics.

Optional for all other undergraduate programmes in the School.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT4514 or MT4516


Optional for all Postgraduate Programmes within the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5-hour lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1-hour tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 165

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2.5-hour Written Examination = 100%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%
Postgraduate Assessment :2.5-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof P J Cameron
Module teaching staff:Prof P J Cameron