Fast Track Mathematics MMath (Hons) 2018 entry

It is possible for students applying for the MMath in Mathematics to complete their degree in four years instead of five by taking the Fast Track degree route.

Fast Track students take the same modules required by the Mathematics MMath programme, but at an accelerated rate. This route allows students to take a mixture of first-year and second-year modules, giving them a gentle start to first year, but then progresses to an accelerated sequence of modules, meaning students will have an increasing workload over the remaining years of study to ensure advanced topics are reached by fourth year.

During your first year, you will take an additional first year module, Topics in Mathematics: Problem-solving Techniques, which is intended to strengthen the mathematical skills for those on the Fast Track route.

Fast Track students will have the opportunity to study abroad during their second year of study. 

To find out more information, or to discuss the possibility of taking the Fast Track route, please contact the School of Mathematics and Statistics




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

UCAS code


Course type

Master in Mathematics (Integrated Masters degree)

Course duration

Four years full time

  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • End date: 30 June 2022

Typical entry requirements

The following are likely grades considered for an offer. St Andrews considers all aspects of every application, including context, equivalent qualifications and the personal statement, and offers may be higher or lower than the grades stated here.

SQA Highers and Advanced Highers

BB at Advanced Highers (including Mathematics) and AAAB at Highers, including A in Mathematics and one additional Higher from the following:

  • Biology or Human Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science or equivalent
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Psychology.
GCE A-Levels A*AA, including A* in Mathematics.
IB points 38, including HL6 in Mathematics.

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.

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.

Find out more about international entry requirements.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

Applicants are expected to have studied Mathematics at SQA Highers and Advanced Highers, GCE A-Level, IB or equivalent. 

Faculty entry requirements

You must also meet the Faculty of Science minimum qualifications. These vary depending on which qualifications you hold.

Other qualifications

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 webpage.

Find out more about Faculty of Science entry requirements.


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.