Mathematics

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.

Courses

Undergraduate

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)
 

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.

Postgraduate

Taught

Mathematics MSc
Applied Statistics and Datamining PGDip/MSc
Data-Intensive Analysis MSc
Statistics MSc

 

PhDs

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

Visit St Andrews

If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at an open day to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Undergraduates

Booking for our autumn visiting days will open in early September 2017.

  • Wednesday 27 September 2017
  • Wednesday 4 October 2017
  • Wednesday 18 October 2017
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017

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Postgraduates

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
  • Wednesday 14 March 2018

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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:

Mathematics research centres

There are two research centres related to Mathematics at St Andrews.

CREEM develops and applies advanced mathematical and statistical methods to practical problems in biology, ecology and geography.

CIRCA undertakes mathematical research with computer assistance, develops new techniques for computation in abstract algebra, and develops and distributes software implementing these techniques.

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:

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.

Undergraduates

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

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduates

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

Awards

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.

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.

Contact

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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2344
Email: maths@st-andrews.ac.uk

Mathematics and Statistics website Mathematics research portal