Understanding patterns and structure, and developing the tools with which to analyse them, is the primary focus of all mathematics. Whether the patterns relate to physical or biological phenomena or to the structure of mathematics itself, the primary aim is to describe, categorise, and understand the processes involved.

A student of statistics will be concerned with developing the analytic techniques and skills necessary to explore some of these fascinating areas of research.


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

Statistics BSc (Hons)
Statistics MA (Hons)
Statistics MMath (Hons)
Mathematics BSc (Hons)
Mathematics MA (Hons)
Mathematics MMath (Hons)
Applied Mathematics MMath (Hons)
Pure Mathematics MMath (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Arts Pathway to MA (Hons)
FE-HE Pathway to Science Pathway to BSc (Hons)

Joint degree options 

The Statistics BSc (Hons), the Statistics MA (Hons), the Mathematics BSc (Hons), the Mathematics MA (Hons) and the Mathematics MMath (Hons) programmes can be taken with another subject as part of a joint degree or a "with" degree. 

International Foundation programmes - 2020 entry

International Foundation programmes prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Science September Foundation
Science January Foundation 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Statistics MSc
Applied Statistics and Datamining PGDip/MSc
Data-Intensive Analysis MSc
Statistical Ecology PGDip/MSc
Mathematics MSc


Please contact a supervisor in your research area to inquire about PhD opportunities.

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Statistics research areas

The School of Mathematics and Statistics promotes a friendly research atmosphere to exchange ideas. It provides the depth and breadth necessary to pursue major scientific programmes at an international level. There are strong links between different research groups within the School as well as interdisciplinary links with theoretical computer science, biology, astronomy and geoscience.

Research in Statistics is divided into two major areas:

Careers for graduates in Statistics

Statistics postgraduates hold positions at leading universities or companies in areas as diverse as business administration, financial markets, biomedical research, fisheries laboratories, wildlife conservation and many more.

Those who study a degree in Statistics gain skills in clear logical thinking, deductive reasoning, data handling and IT skills. Therefore, graduates in Statistics are in high demand and have a wide selection of opportunities, including:

  • research
  • teaching
  • merchant banking
  • insurance
  • computer consulting
  • civil service
  • finance.

See recent graduate employment case studies.

Work experience

Work experience is invaluable when it comes to securing graduate-level employment. There are a number of Mathematics-specific opportunities for students to gain work experience:

  • Gain work experience overseas by applying for a placement through IAESTE (the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience). 
  • Become a committee member of SUMS, a student-run mathematics society. 
  • Apply for summer research scholarships: Carnegie Trust or Nuffield Foundation.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available to prospective undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students.


Various scholarships are available to prospective undergraduate students.

Undergraduate scholarships

Postgraduate students

The University of St Andrews offers various postgraduate funding opportunities.

Postgraduate taught scholarships

PhD students  

Find out more about funding for postgraduate research. 

Funding for PhD students


REF 2014

The School of Mathematics and Statistics was ranked second in Scotland for the quality of research, with 91% of its research activity rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

University league tables

The School 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.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The School of Mathematics and Statistics was awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in 2014 for recognising and encouraging practices that reduce inequalities in the work place.


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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2344

Mathematics and Statistics website

Mathematics and Statistics research portal