The BSc (Hons) in Mathematics will teach you to understand complex patterns and structures, and develop the tools with which to analyse them. Whether these patterns relate to physical or biological phenomena or the structure of mathematics itself, the primary aim is to describe, categorise, and understand the processes involved.
Students of Mathematics will acquire the analytical techniques, clear logical thinking and deductive reasoning necessary to explore some of these fascinating areas of research.
Mathematics is studied up to Honours level in both the Faculty of Science (BSc) and the Faculty of Arts (MA). Students who have a background in the sciences or who wish to study Mathematics alongside science subjects at St Andrews should apply for the BSc. For those interested in studying Mathematics alongside Arts subjects, the MA in Mathematics may be of interest instead.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
Standard entry grades: AAAAB, including A in Mathematics
Minimum entry grades: AABB, including A in Mathematics
Standard entry grades: A*A*A, including A* in Mathematics
Minimum entry grades: A*AB, including A* in Mathematics
Standard entry grades: 38 (HL 6,6,6), including HL6 in Mathematics
Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5), including HL6 in Mathematics
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.
For the BSc degree, well-qualified school leavers may be able to apply for admission directly into the second year. Find out more about direct entry to second year for Mathematics BSc.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject-specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.
Yes, applicants are expected to have studied Mathematics at SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, or equivalent.
Faculty entry requirements
You must also meet the Faculty of Science minimum qualifications. These vary depending on which qualifications you hold.
SQA National 5 (B) or equivalent in English and two SQA Highers from the following:
Computing Science or equivalent
GCSE (B or 5) in English, English Language or English Literature, and one GCE A-Level from the following:
Computing Science or equivalent
Passes in other examinations at equivalent levels and subjects may be accepted by the Dean of the Faculty. More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews is ranked as second in Scotland, with more than 91% of the research output by staff in the School rated as internationally excellent or world-leading in the recent Research Excellence Framework 2014.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2018 as 94% of St Andrews final year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
You can take the Mathematics BSc as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first named subject. St Andrews offers the following "with" degree for Mathematics:
The demand for mathematically trained graduates exceeds the supply, and therefore the career prospects for graduates in Mathematics from St Andrews are excellent in a variety of fields. Clear logical thinking, deductive reasoning, confidence in data handling, and IT skills are attributes that are highly prized by employers.
Over 50% of Mathematics graduates gain employment with:
the civil service
financial services organisations (for example, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, and PwC)
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Mathematics students may participate in the University-wide St Andrews Abroad programme. For information about study abroad options, please see the Study Abroad site.
From the outset, the University of St Andrews offers an array of events and opportunities which result in a truly unique student experience. Students participate in a range of traditions, notably, the red academic gown and the academic family, where older students adopt first year students as ‘children’ and help guide them in a system of mentoring. These traditions and the choice of over 150 sports clubs and student societies to choose from ensures a community feel amongst students from first year onwards.
Students of Mathematics may be interested in joining the Mathematics Society (SUMS), a society dedicated to bringing people together who are interested in maths. They hold regular socials and informative talks from guest speakers.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics is currently split between two sites – the Mathematical Institute on the North Haugh and the Scott Lang Building at the Observatory. Most of the Statistics staff and research students can be found at the Observatory.
The town of St Andrews itself has lots to offer. As the campus is located around town, walking around you encounter ancient and modern buildings and areas of greenery and seaside which provide a rich, beautiful backdrop to learning. If you want a change of scenery, St Andrews' position near surrounding towns and cities such as Anstruther, Dundee and Edinburgh make it ideal for getting to know more about Scotland.
“Mathematics has a great community spirit with plenty of support systems in place for students to help each other like Maths Base and the buddy system. There are lots of options available in different areas of statistics, pure and applied maths.”
Anna (Lincolnshire, England)
School of Mathematics and Statistics University of St Andrews Mathematical Institute North Haugh St Andrews KY16 9SS
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).