University of St Andrews University of St Andrews

MT5861: Advanced Combinatorics

The next presentation is scheduled for 2021-22, Semester 2 (commencing January 2022).

There are three syllabuses for this module, available here. In 2020-21, the third syllabus, on topics such as strongly regular graphs, root systems, designs, finite geometries, and Hadamard matrices, will be covered.

Course material from previous presentations of the module can be found here.

At the moment we don't know what the teaching arrangements for Semester 2 will be.

Assessed coursework

There will be two pieces of assessed coursework, each worth 10% of the marks for the module. The examination will be worth 80%.


To be arranged. If lectures are on-line, slides and videos will be posted here. Please look at last year's page to see the kind of information that will be provided.

Supplementary material

I may post extra material about interesting topics related to the module, or PhD studentships that come to my attention, here.




Coursework sheets will be put here. You are welcome to hand in written work to be marked. I suggest on each sheet a maximum number of questions you should do. My solutions will be posted after the hand-in date.

Exam resources

Past exam papers on Syllabus 3 are available here. Note that the module was previously called MT5821: it was a 20-credit module and the exam was 2 hours 30 minutes.


If the lectures are on-line, then unlike my normal practice, I will make lecture notes available in advance of the lectures, so as to give you maximum flexibility in planning your time. But as usual I strongly advise you to attend the lectures, and then make use of the notes or slides to clarify things that were not clear from the lectures. Warning: The notes or slides may change, subject to correction of mistakes and comments from the audience!

Unlike in previous years, assessment will be 20% coursework and 80% examination.There will be a coursework sheet provided every week. These are optional except for two which will be clearly indicated in advance, which will be each worth 10% of the overall mark for the module.

Please do not hesitate to contact me by email if you have any questions.

Peter J. Cameron
11 November 2021