The primary focus of Mathematics at St Andrews is understanding patterns and structure, and developing the tools with which to analyse them. Students of mathematics are able to describe, categorise and understand processes involved in physical or biological phenomena, as well as the structure of mathematics itself.

The study of Mathematics at St Andrews allows students to specialise in either pure or applied mathematics, from abstract theory to a range of applications in physics, computer science, biology and finance.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

Mathematics BSc (Hons)
Mathematics MA (Hons)
Mathematics MMath (Hons)
Applied Mathematics MMath (Hons)
Pure Mathematics MMath (Hons)
Statistics BSc (Hons)
Statistics MA (Hons)
Statistics MMath (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Science Pathway to BSc (Hons)

Joint degree options

The Mathematics BSc (Hons), the Mathematics MA (Hons), the Mathematics MMath (Hons), the Statistics BSc (Hons), the Statistics MA (Hons), and the Statistics MMath (Hons) programmes can be taken with another subject as part of a joint degree or a "with" degree.

International Foundation programmes - 2020 entry

International Foundation programmes prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Science September Foundation
Science January Foundation 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Mathematics MSc
Applied Statistics and Datamining PGDip/MSc
Data-Intensive Analysis MSc
Statistics MSc
Statistical Ecology PGDip/MSc
Digital Health MSc


Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

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Mathematics research areas

The School of Mathematics and Statistics promotes a friendly research atmosphere with a cross-flow of ideas while providing the depth and breadth necessary to pursue major scientific programmes at an international level. There are strong links between different research groups within the School as well as interdisciplinary links with theoretical computer science, biology, astronomy and geoscience.

Research in Mathematics is divided into two major areas:

Careers for graduates in Mathematics

Those who study a degree in Mathematics gain skills in clear logical thinking, deductive reasoning, data handling and IT skills. Consequently, graduates in Mathematics are in high demand and have a wide selection of employment opportunities, including:

  • academia
  • accountancy
  • actuarial profession
  • civil service
  • computing and information technology
  • intelligence (private sector)
  • investment banking and investment management
  • management consultancy
  • political risk analysis
  • research and development.

See recent graduate employment case studies.  

Work experience

Work experience is invaluable when it comes to securing graduate-level employment. There are a number of Mathematics-specific opportunities for students to gain work experience:

  • Gain work experience overseas by applying for a placement through IAESTE (the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience). 
  • Become a committee member of SUMS, a student-run mathematics society. 
  • Apply for summer research scholarships: Carnegie Trust or Nuffield Foundation.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.


There is a range of undergraduate funding opportunities offered by the University of St Andrews.

Undergraduate scholarships


The University of St Andrews offers various postgraduate funding opportunities.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students

Find out more about funding at PhD level.

Funding for PhD students


REF 2014

The School of Mathematics and Statistics was ranked joint fifth in the UK for the quality of research, with 91% of its research activity rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

University league tables

The School has a reputation for the high quality of its teaching and was ranked first in Scotland and third in the UK by both the Guardian University Guide 2020 and the Complete University Guide 2020.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The School of Mathematics and Statistics was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2014 for recognising and encouraging practices that reduce inequalities in the work place.


School of Mathematics and Statistics
University of St Andrews
Mathematical Institute
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9SS

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2344

Mathematics and Statistics website

Mathematics and Statistics research portal