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. The BSc and MA degree programmes are mathematically identical.
The MA in Mathematics is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews has a reputation for the high quality of its teaching. It was ranked first in Scotland for Mathematics in the Guardian University Guide 2021 and in the Complete University Guide 2021.
The School is ranked 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 most recent Research Excellence Framework.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% 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.
Find out more about studying mathematics at St Andrews.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take the Mathematics MA as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
You can take the Mathematics MA as part of a "with" Honours degree in which the majority of the course deals with the first named subject.
“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)