The University offers different entry requirements, depending on your background. Find out more about Standard and Minimum entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
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 entry requirements as outlined on their pages.
- 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.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
SQA National 5 (B) in English and one SQA National 5 (B) from the following:
- Computing science
- Lifeskills Mathematics (A grade)
GCSE (5) in English language or English literature, and one GCSE (5) from the following:
- Computing Science
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes. Please see our entry requirements for more information.
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.
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. Typical successful applicants will have studied Mathematics at SQA Advanced Higher, Further Mathematics as GCE A-level, or equivalent.
Alternative study options
Students interested in this course may also be interested in the following:
For those interested in studying Mathematics alongside science subjects, the BSc in Mathematics may be of interest instead. The BSc and MA degree programmes are mathematically identical.
Mathematics students can apply to participate in the University-wide St Andrews Abroad programme. For information about study abroad options, please see the study abroad site.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability. Find out more about approved English language tests and scores for this course.
The MA (Hons) in Mathematics is a four-year course run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics.
In the first two years, you will develop and reinforce your basic mathematical skills and refresh familiar material (for example, complex numbers, matrices, vectors, differential equations) in preparation for more specialist study at Honours level.
Alongside Mathematics, in the first year of your studies you will be required to study up to two additional subjects. From second year onwards, you may choose to study mathematics exclusively, or you may carry on at least one of these additional subjects, sometimes two. Find out more about how academic years are organised.
At Honours level, students may select modules from a range of options on advanced and specialist specific topics. Specialist subject areas may include:
- fluid dynamics
- group theory
- history of mathematics
- mathematical biology
- pure analysis
- statistical ecology
- statistical inference.
Final-year students must also complete a project on a topic chosen in consultation with teaching staff at the School of Mathematics and Statistics.
The University of St Andrews operates on a flexible modular degree system by which degrees are obtained through the accumulation of credits. More information on the structure of the modules system can be found on the flexible degree structure web page.
In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours) you will take the required modules in Mathematics alongside modules in at least one other subject.
Typically, you will take a total of three or four modules per semester during your first two years, and four modules per semester during your third and fourth year (known as Honours).
For your convenience, here is a list over 80 Mathematics and Statistics modules offered - some are available annually, some biannually. See also the details below.
Students will take between one and three first-year modules in mathematics. There is one core compulsory module, 'Mathematics', that can be studied in either semester.
- Mathematics: introduces the ideas and techniques required for further study of mathematics or applications to other sciences.
Students who do not possess at least a B at Advanced Higher or A-Level Mathematics will need to take 'Introductory Mathematics' in their first semester before taking the compulsory 'Mathematics' module. This option is popular for students on different degree routes who wish to study Mathematics.
- Introductory Mathematics: designed for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the first-year 'Mathematics' module. Provides a secure base in elementary calculus.
First-year students can, in addition, take one or both of the optional modules in Pure and Applied Mathematics as well the module 'Statistics in Practice':
Students will take between four and eight modules from the following selection depending on their chosen degree path.
- Abstract Algebra: explores the key concepts of modern abstract algebra: groups, rings and fields.
- Analysis: introduces key concepts of real analysis: limit, continuity and differentiation.
- Combinatorics and Probability: introduces counting techniques for finite structures and the behaviour of random variables.
- Linear Mathematics: introduces the theory of vector spaces, linear independence, linear transformations and diagonalisation.
- Mathematical Modelling: investigates the translation of physical problems into mathematics.
- Multivariate Calculus: extends the techniques of calculus in a single variable to the setting of real functions of several variables.
- Statistical Inference: introduces techniques for drawing inferences about population characteristics from observed data.
- Vector Calculus: introduces the theory of scalar and vector fields and associated techniques for the modelling of problems arising in the physical world.
In the third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options. Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Bayesian Inference
- Classical Mechanics
- Fractal Geometry
- Linear and Nonlinear Waves
- Real and Abstract Analysis
- Sampling Theory
- Solar Theory
In your third and fourth (Honours) years, you will choose from a range of 3000-level, 4000-level and (optionally) 5000-level modules.
Here are the modules offered during the current session and in previous years:
- Mathematics and Statistics 3000-level modules
- Mathematics and Statistics 4000-level modules
- Mathematics and Statistics 5000-level modules
In your final year, you also undertake a project on a topic chosen in consultation with the teaching staff at the School of Mathematics and Statistics. You will be required to investigate the topic, submit a report and give a presentation.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules appropriate to the programme for the current academic year can be found in the programme requirements.
In first year, teaching for each module centres on a daily lecture ( around 100 to 300 students). Each fortnight, you will have one small group tutorial (8 to 12 students) and one examples class (25 to 60 students) where students undertake exercises and discuss each week’s topics.
In second year, each module typically comprises five lectures (around 100 to 300 students), one tutorial (8 to 12 students), and one examples class (25 to 60 students) per fortnight. Half of the modules also feature computer lab sessions (25 to 60 students).
You will develop increasing independence and initiative as you progress through your degree programme so that by third and fourth year the average teaching load drops to around ten hours of lectures and four tutorials per week, supplemented by private study.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and computer labs, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- preparing coursework assignments
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing for examinations.
Progress is monitored through tutorial assignments, and sub-honours modules are assessed by a balanced combination of coursework and written exams. At Honours level, modules may be assessed by written examination alone or a combination of written examination and coursework.
Examinations are held at the end of each semester during a dedicated exam diet with revision time provided beforehand.
The School aims to provide feedback on every assessment within three weeks to help you improve on future assessments.
Undergraduates at the University of St Andrews must achieve at least 7.0 on the St Andrews 20-point grade scale to pass a module. To gain access to Honours-level modules, students must achieve the relevant requisites as specified in the policy on entry to Honours and in the relevant programme requirements. To find out the classification equivalent of points, please see the common reporting scale.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team with expertise and knowledge of mathematics. Postgraduate students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of tutorials, examples classes and computing classes under the supervision of the module leader.
Find contact information for all Mathematics staff on the School of Mathematics and Statistics website.
The University’s Student Services team can help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities, long-term medical conditions or learning disabilities. More information can be found on the students with disabilities web page.
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Channel Islands, Isle of Man
EU and overseas
More information on tuition fees can be found on the undergraduate fees and funding page.
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Funding and scholarships
Joint Honours degrees
You can also take Mathematics as part of a joint Honours degree in which you will take core modules of your chosen subjects.
|Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biology and Mathematics
|Bachelor of Science (Honours) Chemistry and Mathematics
|Bachelor of Science (Honours) Computer Science and Mathematics
|Bachelor of Science (Honours) Economics and Mathematics
|Bachelor of Science (Honours) Financial Economics and Mathematics
|Bachelor of Science (Honours) Geography and Mathematics
|Bachelor of Science (Honours) Mathematics and Philosophy
|Bachelor of Science (Honours) Mathematics and Physics
|Bachelor of Science (Honours) Mathematics and Psychology
|Master in Physics (Honours) Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Ancient History and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Arabic and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Arabic and Mathematics (With Integrated Year Abroad)
|Master of Arts (Honours) Art History and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Biblical Studies and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Classical Studies and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Economics and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) English and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Financial Economics and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) German and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) German and Mathematics (With Integrated Year Abroad)
|Master of Arts (Honours) Hebrew and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) International Relations and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Italian and Mathematics (With Integrated Year Abroad)
|Master of Arts (Honours) Latin and Mathematics
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Medieval History
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Modern History
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Philosophy
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Psychology
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Russian
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Russian (With Integrated Year Abroad)
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Scottish History
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Spanish
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Spanish (With Integrated Year Abroad)
|Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics and Theological Studies
Joint degrees taken with Arabic, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish are also available 'With Integrated Year Abroad'.
Alternative joint degree options are available for the BSc in Mathematics.
You can take Mathematics as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first name subject. St Andrews offers the following "with" degrees in Mathematics:
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) Mathematics with Geography - UCAS code G1F8
- Master in Chemistry (Honours) Chemistry with Mathematics - UCAS code F1G1
- Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics with Russian (With Integrated Year Abroad) - UCAS code G1R9
- Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics with Russian - UCAS code G1RT
- Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics with Spanish (With Integrated Year Abroad) - UCAS code G1RX
- Master of Arts (Honours) Mathematics with Spanish - UCAS code G1RL
"With" degrees taken with Russian or Spanish are also available 'With Integrated Year Abroad'.
Alternative "with" degree options are available for the BSc in Mathematics.
Demand for mathematically trained graduates vastly outstrips the supply, and hence career prospects are excellent in a variety of fields.
Recruiters seek numerate graduates who are literate, think logically, write and present well, and can work with relevant technology – St Andrews degrees develop all of these skills.
A mathematics degree is recognised as a substantial achievement in a demanding discipline.
Around 30% of St Andrews graduates continue on to postgraduate study, either in mathematics or related disciplines such as computer science, finance, or physics.
The majority of the remaining graduates gain employment in areas such as:
- technology firms or computer consultancies
- financial services organisations (for example, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, and PwC)
- insurance companies
- merchant banks
- the civil service
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.
What to do next
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