Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Mathematics

Why choose Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 5 universities for mathematics the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Our broad-ranging research supports advanced courses including analysis, algebra and geometry, and applied topics such as statistics, operational research, finance, data science and mathematical biology.

  • We invest greatly in our learning community. You will be supported by MathPALs, higher-year students who will provide help and advice. Our MathsBase and MathsHub provide common areas for socialising and study.

  • Our teaching focuses on fostering interactive engagement that promotes long-term understanding. In early years particularly, you will engage in small group discussion on problems that are answered via online voting systems. We actively encourage collaborative working and use open book exams in early years to emphasise understanding.

  • There are many opportunities to develop your skills and CV alongside academic work. Our outreach team leads projects such as building a fractal from 40,000 business cards and assembling mathematical artwork for an exhibition. You can become a MathPALs Leader or Student Ambassador, or apply for one of our project scholarships to work with a lecturer during the summer or get involved with external projects such as Hyperloop One.

Study abroad

Studying here has been an absolute privilege. The flexibility between programmes allowed me to explore a huge variety of topics and specialise in those I am most interested in.

Jordana Black 4th year BSc (Hons)Mathematics
Jordana Black 4th year BSc (Hons)Mathematics

Introducing Mathematics

Mathematics is central to everyday life and to the way we see the world. It is an intellectual adventure in its own right but it is also used to understand the physical world - from gravitational waves to climate change - and to find solutions in business and industry.

All of our students take the same compulsory courses in their early years and it is normally possible to switch between our different programmes in Years 1 and 2. Due to this flexibility, we recommend applying for only one of our programmes.

In later years you can choose from our wide range of courses in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, operational research and financial mathematics.

Broad and accelerated programmes

All of our programmes can be taken in broad form, where you will also study other subjects in Years 1 and 2. These may be in related areas such as physics or informatics, or from the wide range offered across the University. On a broad programme, the BSc and MA take four years and the MMath takes five.

For some programmes, well-prepared applicants can choose Year 2 entry and follow an accelerated programme which concentrates on mathematics from the outset. We support this with extra mathematics courses covering the key ideas from the Year 1 programme.


Scholarships are available to full-time undergraduates studying at the School of Mathematics. Scholarships are offered to students of outstanding ability for the duration of their studies, subject to satisfactory academic progress each year.

School of Mathematics Scholarships