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Direct entry to second year Mathematics BSc (Hons) 2020 entry

It is possible for students applying for the single Honours BSc in Mathematics to enter directly into the second year of study, meaning you will complete your degree in only three years instead of four.

This popular option is offered to students with excellent Advanced Higher, A-Level or International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Students who enter directly to second year will take modules required by the Mathematics BSc programme from second year on, bypassing first-year modules entirely.

If your qualifications will be sufficient for second-year entry, you can either choose to apply for it directly or to apply for first-year entry and then upgrade on arrival. If you have a question about entry requirements or direct entry to second year, please contact Mathematics at

Joint degree options

Direct entry into second year is also possible for the following joint Honours degrees:

In taking a joint degree, you are required to take core modules in all of your subjects. Find out more about joint degrees.

The course information below is for single Honours direct entry only. For more information about direct entry to joint degrees, please contact Admissions at


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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3744

Mathematics and Statistics website

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Course type

Bachelor of Science (single Honours degree)

Course duration

Three years full time

  • Start date: 7 September 2020
  • End date: 30 June 2023

Entry requirements

These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry.

    • Advanced Highers: AA, including Mathematics
    • Highers: AAAAB
    • A*A*A, including A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics
    • 39 (HL 6,6,6), 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.

International applicants

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.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

Yes, applicants are expected to have studied Mathematics at SQA Higher and Advanced Higher, GCE A-Level, or equivalent.

General entry requirements

All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.

Other qualifications

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.