BSc (Hons) Mathematics


Program Description


Do you enjoy numbers the way others enjoy music, poetry or art? Do you enjoy using Mathematics to explain real-world phenomena and solve problems?

Mathematical training develops specific skills and broad analytical expertise, which are valued across all professions. There is also a particular demand for graduates who not only have quantitative skills but also know how to use them.

This course delivers that sought-after combination – through our teaching style, and our focus on real-world applications of both mathematical and statistical techniques. For example, you’ll use the mathematics computing laboratories as an integral part of your learning process, making your study as much experimental as theoretical.

Our Computing Science and Mathematics division provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment, and we have a strong and active research group. Its primary interest is the application of mathematics to biology, economics and life sciences, and we offer combined Honours degrees in the relevant disciplines.

Mathematical Contest in Modelling

Since 2011, the University of Stirling teams have been participating in an international competition run by COMAP (USA). In 2017 over 8,500 teams from all over the world took part. It's a great way to gain research and leadership skills. In 2017 four of our teams finished in the top 9% in the world.

The University of Stirling Mathematics Society

We have a vibrant Mathematics Society where you can develop further skills through team activities. It's run by students for students.

Stirling students have been highly successful participating in the international Mathematical Contest in Modelling. In 2017, four out of five of our teams were in the top 9% in the world.

Applied Mathematics can also be studied as a Bachelor's degree (UCAS Code G120).

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment with state-of-the-art computer facilities.

#2 Our course staff are active in research that freshens our course to reflect advances in computer and mathematics.

#3 Opportunity to enter worldwide mathematical competitions

Course details

In Semesters 1-3, you will take Mathematics plus two other subjects. Material covered at the secondary level is reviewed and applied before being developed further, ensuring a smooth transition from a school teaching approach to a university one.

You’ll take core modules in: Calculus of One and Several Variables; Vectors, Matrices, Complex Numbers and their Application in Geometry and Systems Theory; Statistics and Probability; and Analysis. You can also opt to take an additional mathematics module in Discrete Structures.

In Semesters 4-8, the course covers a broad range of skills. Advanced modules cover the following key areas: mathematical techniques for solving a wide range of problems; the theory underlying these mathematical techniques; and model building, for example, converting real-world problems into mathematical form. This will include projects that allow further development of skills in areas of applied mathematics.


The University of Stirling have been awarded five star excellence for teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2020. Many of the course modules are assessed by means of class tests and an end-of-semester examination.


Additional weekly marked assignments are used by tutors and students to monitor progress. In some modules, class tests are replaced by projects in which you will solve problems based on real-world data. Typically, in the final semester, you will undertake a challenging project or series of problems under the guidance of a project supervisor.

Work placement opportunities

We offer summer placements either with staff or companies.


Dr Anthony O'Hare

+44 (0)1786 467427

Fees - 2021/22

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £15,100
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £15,100*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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