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History and overview of School

Our School was founded as a single separate entity in 1987, by merging the existing departments of Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. For a while in the 1990s it also included Computer Science, now a school in its own right.

The School is a part of the ancient University of St Andrews (founded 1413), located on the scenic east coast of Scotland. It hosts a Regius Chair of Mathematics, established in 1668 for its first holder James Gregory (see right). Today we have over 30 academic staff, over 25 research staff, and 12 support staff.

We offer a range of basic (BSc and MA) and advanced (MMath) courses in Mathematics and Statistics, a large number of joint degree courses, and several specialised taught postgraduate (MSc) courses. Our sub-honours provision (levels 1000 and 2000) is supported by small group tutorials.

Our honours modules (levels 3000, 4000, 5000) are delivered in small or medium sized classes. They cover the breadth of mathematical sciences, and many reflect our research expertise. There are good opportunities for students to get an experience of mathematical research through projects and summer research programmes.

Our teaching provision is routinely ranked top in Scotland and among the top five in the UK by the leading national league tables.

We have internationally renowned research groups in Analysis, Algebra and Combinatorics, Solar and Magnetospheric Theory, Fluid Dynamics, Ecological Modelling and Statistical Inference. Our researchers publish in the leading international journals, attract considerable amounts of research funding, and contribute to three interdisciplinary research centres, CREEM, SOI and CIRCA.

All groups are active in recruiting and supervising PhD projects. Currently we have over 40 PhD students. The School regularly hosts a number of short- and long-term research visitors, as well as international conferences in its areas of expertise.

St Andrews hosts the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive - one of the world's largest resources in this area. This is visited by more than 150 000 users per week who download more than 2 000 000 pages.


You can find old photos of staff and students in our Picture gallery.