Mathematics & StatisticsWays to study

Our degrees lead to an understanding of both the fundamentals of mathematics and statistics and of how these techniques are applied to solve practical problems, meaning you’ll learn the skills that employers need.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate courses

BSc degrees

All BSc degrees are offered as Pass degrees and Honours degrees, over three or four years. 

Single honours Mathematics degree:

Joint honours degrees:


MMath degree

The MMath in Mathematics is more challenging than the Honours degree can be obtained after four or five years, depending on the point of entry.

Find out more about our MMath Mathematics.


Mathematics within other degrees  

Mathematics can also be studied along with several other subjects. Please view our Course search for a full list.

If you require any additional information on these courses, please email:


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Postgraduate taught courses

Our Department offers an exciting portfolio of on-campus and online MSc programmes, all of which have been designed in collaboration with industry or the public sector. They are conversion degrees, focusing on practical application and the training of work-ready graduates.   

The one year MSc Quantitative Finance was developed to fully prepare students for careers in areas such as financial engineering and risk management, and for highly quantitative roles, such as hedge fund managers and financial analysts. The opportunity to undertake an industry based project provides an insight into careers in these areas.

Our one year MSc Actuarial Science degree also provides the opportunity for industry experience whilst working on the summer project. It was designed in consultation with our industry collaborators.  Students will receive expert input from Strathclyde Business School as well as our Department. The programme fully prepares students for careers within the actuarial profession, banking and finance. Those achieving sufficiently high levels in core classes will be eligible for exemption from two of the professional examinations of the IFoA, namely CS1 and CB2.

Our suite of applied statistics MSc programmes is founded on our expertise in the application of statistics in health, finance and data science. We offer MScs in Applied Statistics (on-campus and online), Applied Statistics in Health Sciences (on-campus and online), Applied Statistics in Finance (on-campus and online) and Applied Statistics with Data Science (online).  Students will gain skills in problem solving, working with big data sets and the use of statistical software for data analytics, programming and reporting. The programmes were developed to fully prepare students for careers within investment companies, financial institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, medical research, government organisations, retailers and internet information providers such as Google or Bing.

Our Department is also involved in the MSc Data Analytics, run by Strathclyde Business School and also involving Computer and Information Science. It combines modules in key areas of relevance to the new science of data analytics to address the needs of this fast growing industry. 

Postgraduate research degrees

We offer the following research degrees:

  • MPhil (one year)
  • MRes (one year)
  • PhD (three to four years)

Funding is available from various sources, including the EPSRC, University Scholarships, Carnegie Trust, Scottish Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme, UK industry and the EU.

Find out about the research projects that are currently available to study.

The Bennett PhD Scholarship

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is delighted to confirm that Nathan Burns has been awarded the 2020 Bennett PhD Scholarship. The Scholar will receive £20,000 per annum to cover his PhD fees and stipend, with the donor Pat Bennett providing £10,000 per annum and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics match funding the donation with an additional £10,000 per annum. The total amount awarded through the scholarship over three years will be £60,000.

Nathan Burns graduated in July 2020 from the University of Strathclyde with a First Class (Honours) degree in Mathematics and Statistics. Throughout his time at Strathclyde, Nathan excelled in both his academic studies and his contribution to student life and outreach. He was an active member of the Faculty of Science Outreach Programme – Strath Science Scouts. As part of this programme, he interacted with many school pupils, inspiring them to study mathematics at university. In his third year, he undertook volunteering mathematics tutoring at a school with a high proportion of young people from the most deprived areas in Scotland (SIMD quintile 1). The PhD research project that Nathan will work on is entitled: “The relationship between widening access and success at university: a data-driven statistical investigation.” This project will allow him to continue his work in relation to outreach, applying his statistical and mathematical knowledge to a very high profile element of the Scottish Government’s strategy on raising attainment.

‘I'm most grateful to the donor of my scholarship and to the Department of Mathematics & Statistics for awarding me this scholarship. It will enable me to devote all of my energy to my research and related projects within the University community.’

Professor John Mackenzie, Head of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics said, '​​​’Many congratulations to Nathan on being awarded the first Bennett PhD Scholarship at the University of Strathclyde. Thanks to the generosity of the donor, Pat Bennett, we are able to offer this award. We wish him every success in pursuing his research on the relationship between widening access and success at university.’

Find out about the research projects that are currently available to study.

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Continuing professional development/short courses

We have delivered a variety of training courses from basic statistics for those new to the subject through to advanced modelling techniques suitable for postgraduates and experienced professionals.

We can tailor training courses to meet the needs of your organisation.

Find out more about CPD and consultancy services offered by our dedicated unit SMART (Statistics and Mathematics Advice, Research and Training).

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2+2 Study

For 10 years we have run a successful programme of "2+2 degree courses" with a number of partner universities in China. Under this scheme students are able to come here to Strathclyde for the last two years of their degree course and graduate with a Strathclyde degree after spending their first two years of study at their home university.

The scheme started with the Department of Applied Mathematics at Donghua University, Shanghai but now has expanded to include the the School of Mathematics and Physics, Anhui Polytechnic University, Wuhu, Anhui; the Department of Mathematics, Shanghai Normal University; the Department of Mathematics, Harbin Institute of Technology Weihai; as well as the College of Mathematics and Informatics, South China Agricultural University.

We are actively expanding our provision of articulated degrees. Find out more about the scheme.