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Mathematics (MSc)

Course Description

MSc in Mathematics

• The Mathematics programme is aimed at individuals with a strong background in pure mathematics, applied mathematics or a closely related subject, typically with the intention of either (a) preparing you for further postgraduate studies, or (b) providing you with the necessary qualifications and skills for a future career in the private sector.

• Graduates of this programme might be seeking a career in mathematical research.

• This programme permits a wide range of advanced module choices across the School of Mathematics & Statistics.

• There are two semesters of taught courses, followed by a dissertation 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.
• You have the possibility of enrolling into an Independent Study Module in either semester or into the Professional Skills for Mathematical Scientists module for the whole academic year. In both modules you self-study an advanced topic under the guidance of a member of staff. Both modules are assessed by continuous assessment.


* Opportunities to work closely, and undertake project work, within a research group.

* Access to a wide range of advanced MMath courses across the entire spectrum of Mathematics and Statistics.

* The School is well equipped with personal computers and laptops, a parallel computer and an on-site library, and has attracted substantial amounts of external funding.


Our graduates hold positions at leading universities or companies in areas as diverse as business administration, computer science and modelling, fisheries laboratories and pure mathematics. In short, a postgraduate degree in mathematics or statistics from St Andrews opens the way for a variety of careers.
Our recent graduates at Masters and Doctoral level have, amongst other things:
• Moved on to postdoctoral studies.
• Joined the academic staff of leading UK and international universities.
• Found highly-paid positions in analysing futures/finance for large consulting firms and major financial institutions, for example: Scottish and Southern Energy, RBS, Capital One, Aquila Insight, Aviva, PwC, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Tesco Bank.
• Found rewarding and challenging positions in the computer industry.
• Found academically rewarding positions and careers in government agencies, including, for example, GCHQ.
• Joined government and non-governmental organisations to advise wildlife and conservation managers, including, for example, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
• Improved their mathematics qualifications, hence enhancing their positions and prospects in the secondary and tertiary education sectors.

Visit the Mathematics (MSc) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

(Student Profile)


I was very happy with my decision to come and study my MSc here. One important advantage of this programme is that it is flexible, and I could adjust to what I was most interested in. I felt that my teachers truly cared about my progress and gave me all the orientation I needed. Apart from studying, life in this town is peaceful and full of beauty. For me two things are certain: I have learned a lot, and I greatly enjoyed my year.


Entry Requirements

Our minimum academic requirement for entry to most programmes is a 2:1 degree classification from a recognised UK university or the equivalent in a subject-related area

Course Fees

2017/18: Home/EU £7,500; Overseas £17,090

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