Postgraduate study

School: Mathematics

About the School

By joining the University of Edinburgh’s School of Mathematics, you’ll follow in the footsteps of mathematical pioneers and study alongside some of the most exciting minds working in the field today.

Whether you wish to follow a taught masters programme or pursue your own line of investigation, we offer a dynamic academic environment, supported by excellent facilities. We have an outstanding reputation for mathematics teaching and research. We were judged ‘excellent’ in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 we had 85 per cent of our research in mathematical sciences rated either 4* world leading or 3* internationally excellent.

Rich heritage

The School boasts a rich heritage in pioneering mathematics. Our base, the James Clerk Maxwell Building, is named after one of the most celebrated mathematicians to study at the University. The 19th-century scientist is most famous for developing classical electromagnetic theory

Leaders in their fields

Our status as one of the most prestigious schools in the UK for mathematics attracts highly respected staff. Many of our 50 current academics are leaders in their fields and have been recognised with international awards. The School is home to two Fellows of the Royal Society, 14 Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and seven Philip Leverhulme Prize or Fellowship holders. Abel Prize winner and Fields medallist Professor Sir Michael Atiyah is an Honorary Professor and Professor Agata Smoktunowicz is a recent recipient of the European Mathematical Society Prize.

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We offer a range of options for postgraduate study: from professional qualifications to independent research, on-campus taught programmes to part-time, online study. Find out which graduate study option is right for you: