Taught course


University of St Andrews · School of Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

An undergraduate UK 2:1 degree (or equivalent) with a significant Mathematical element.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Mathematics prepares students with a background in pure or applied mathematics for further postgraduate study or a career in the private sector. The course covers a wide range of topics including group theory, computing in mathematics, combinatorics, fluid dynamics, solar theory, mathematical biology, and measure and ergodic theory.

Course highlights

  • The programme provides a wide range of advanced module choices across the School of Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Students have the possibility of enrolling into an independent study module or into Professional Skills for Mathematical Scientists, in which you self-study an advanced topic under the guidance.

Teaching format

The MSc in Mathematics is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics. This programme is particularly suited for those seeking a career in academic mathematical research or a mathematics-related career in the private sector.

The programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a dissertation (15,000 words) over the summer months. Most modules for the MSc in Mathematics are traditional semester-long lecture courses with end of semester exams, but some modules have a large element of continuous assessment. Class sizes range from 10 to 60 students, depending on the module.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is well equipped with computing facilities (including a large parallel computing cluster) and an on-site library.

Information for international students

A minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462344