Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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Subject area: Mathematics

Why choose Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked in the UK's top 5 universities for mathematics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

    • [QS]: Quacquarelli Symonds
  • Our teaching fosters interactive engagement that promotes long-term understanding. We actively encourage collaborative working both in and out of the classroom; we provide bespoke support and study spaces to allow this. We also enhance our teaching through voting systems and online quizzes.

  • We offer many opportunities to develop your skills and CV alongside your academic work.

    Our outreach team leads projects such as building a fractal from 40,000 business cards and assembling a mathematical artwork for an exhibition.

    You can become a MathPALS Leader or Student Ambassador; apply for one of our project scholarships or get involved with external projects such as Hyperloop.

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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 BSc (Hons) Mathematics graduate
Jordana Black BSc (Hons) Mathematics graduate

Introducing Mathematics

Mathematics is central to everyday life and the way we see the world. It is an intellectual adventure in its own right but can also be useful to:

  • understand the physical world - from gravitational waves to climate change
  • find solutions in business and industry

Mathematics at university encourages you to think in an entirely different way. As well as helping you develop to a rigorous mindset, it introduces you to new concepts and delves into areas of mathematics you will not have explored at school.

This new way of approaching and analysing complex problems is a particularly valuable skill that applies to many exciting career paths. This makes mathematics graduates extremely employable.

Breadth of study

Our BSc and MA degrees take four years and our MMath degree takes five years to complete.

In Years 1 and 2, you will study courses from other subjects as well as your degree subject(s). These outside courses may be in related areas such as physics or informatics, or from the wide and varied range offered across the University, such as philosophy or languages.

From Year 3 onwards, you will study your degree subject(s) only.

In later years, you can choose classes from a wide range of mathematical disciplines. Our broad-ranging research supports advanced courses in areas such as:

  • analysis
  • algebra
  • geometry
  • statistics
  • operational research
  • finance
  • data science
  • mathematical education
  • mathematical biology


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

Second-year entry

Well-prepared applicants can enter a select number of our programmes in Year 2 and follow an accelerated programme. Our accelerated BSc degree takes three years, while the accelerated MMath degree takes four years.

On these challenging accelerated programmes, your studies will focus on mathematics from the beginning rather than include a range of subjects, in Years 1 and 2.

We support your Year 2 mathematics courses with extra courses covering the key ideas in algebra, calculus and proofs from Year 1 of the programme.


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

School of Mathematics scholarships