Mathematics MA (Hons) 2021 entry
The MA (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 Faculty of Arts (MA) and the Faculty of Science (BSc). Students who have a background in the Arts or who wish to study Mathematics alongside Arts subjects at St Andrews should apply for the MA. For those interested in studying Mathematics alongside science subjects, the BSc in Mathematics may be of interest instead.
More information for 2021 entry will be available in September 2020. For information on the current year of entry for this course, see the 2020 page.
Master of Arts (single Honours degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: September 2021
- End date: June 2025
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 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 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 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, 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.
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 has a reputation for the high quality of its teaching and was ranked third in the UK for Mathematics in the Guardian University Guide 2020, and third in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2020.
The School is ranked as second in Scotland for research, 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 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students were satisfied with 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.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Mathematics as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
Alternative joint degree options are available for the BSc in Mathematics.
“The School provides plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with maths beyond lectures and tutorials. There are optional talks, research scholarships, mentoring and study support schemes and dedicated social events. St Andrews has an impressive number of sports clubs, music groups and societies, which means that there is always something to do when you are taking a break from studying.”
Tom (Dijon, France)