Your primary focus studying Mathematics will be understanding patterns and structure and developing the tools with which to analyse them. You will be able to describe and categorise processes involved in physical or biological phenomena.

At St Andrews, mathematics students can specialise in either pure or applied mathematics.

Math students in class


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of Mathematics and Statistics offers PhD programmes in the following research areas: 

  • applied mathematics (mathematical biology, solar and magnetospheric theory, and vortex dynamics)
  • pure mathematics (algebra, combinatorics, and analysis)
  • statistics (statistical ecology, statistical inference, and statistical medicine and molecular biology)
  • history of mathematics.  

To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.   

“The academics are great, and it is reassuring to know that they are there to help you with whatever you need. It is important to me that the maths that I do has the ability to be useful to the public and affect society for the better, therefore my interest is being piqued by the mathematics of medicine and mathematical modelling.”

- London, England


First in Scotland for mathematics

Guardian University Guide 2020

Third in the UK for mathematics

The Complete University Guide 2020

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Recognising the commitment to the advancement of gender equality