BSc (Hons) in Applied Mathematics


Program Description


Mathematics is about profound beauty, the rush-like excitement of the 'ah ha' moment and finding elegant solutions. It’s the relationship in patterns, systems, big data, technologies and science.

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.

We also offer you the choice and flexibility to study Mathematics in combination with subjects such as Accountancy, Computing or Finance.

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 so that our course reflects advances in mathematics.

#3 Our course receives 100% satisfaction from our students (National Student Survey 2016)

Course details

In Semesters 1-3, you’ll 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 Applied Mathematics Honours 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.

Employers increasingly look for research experience and extracurricular activities in addition to a good degree. We’ve been entering teams of students in The Mathematical Contest In Modeling with great success since 2011. This offers students the chance to develop skills that employers are looking for.

Our Mathematics and Statistics Group provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment for you to develop your mathematical techniques.


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18. 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’ll solve problems based on real-world data. Typically, in the final semester, you’ll 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 - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU) £ 12,140.00
  • Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
  • Students from the rest of the UK £9,250
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society.

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society. Read less