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Pure Mathematics MMath Hons
The MMath (Hons) in Pure Mathematics will teach you to understand complex patterns and structures, and develop the tools with which to analyse them. Whether these patterns relate to physical or biological phenomena or the structure of mathematics itself, the primary aim is to describe, categorise, and understand the processes involved.
Students of Pure Mathematics will acquire the analytical techniques, clear logical thinking and deductive reasoning necessary to explore and understand mathematical problems. In addition, there are many connections between pure mathematics and computer science, and you will be able to learn about these, if you wish.
The MMath allows you to combine undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single five-year program, graduating with a Masters degree. Students can also take Mathematics as a standard four-year BSc or MA degree.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students will take between one and three first-year modules in mathematics. There is one core compulsory module, 'Mathematics', that can be studied in either semester.
Students will take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
- Abstract Algebra
- Combinatorics and Probability
- Linear Mathematics
- Mathematical Modelling
- Multivariate Calculus
- Statistical Inference
- Vector Calculus
If you decide to take Pure Mathematics in your final three years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options. Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Graph Theory
- Fractal Geometry
- Number Theory
As an MMath student, you will also be able to take Masters-level modules. In the past, these have included:
- Advanced Combinatorics
- Galois Theory
- Hyperbolic Geometry
- Measure and Probability Theory
- Topics in Group Theory.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and computer labs, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
Demand for mathematically trained graduates vastly outstrips the supply, and hence career prospects are excellent in a variety of fields.
Recruiters seek numerate graduates who are literate, think logically, write and present well, and can work with relevant technology – St Andrews degrees develop all of these skills.
A mathematics degree is recognised as a substantial achievement in a demanding discipline.
Around 30% of St Andrews graduates continue on to postgraduate study, either in mathematics or related disciplines such as computer science, finance, or physics.
The majority of the remaining graduates gain employment in areas including:
- technology firms or computer consultancies
- financial services organisations (for example, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, and PwC)
- insurance companies
- merchant banks
- the civil service
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University of St Andrews
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