• Nitrate Levels in a River Catchment

    River network

    The statistical model used for nitrate levels over a river monitoring network takes account of the flow connectedness of the monitoring sites.

  • Estimation of Historic Population Sizes

    Violin plots

    Genetic variability between modern individuals allows estimation of historic population sizes.

  • Quiz software


    The "Model Choice" and "Testing Statistics" software are web-based multiple-choice systems with a focus on detailed feedback to learners.

  • Brain activation

    MRI Scan

    Medical imaging provides fascinating insights into the workings of the brain and statistical modelling can help to identify interesting patterns from noisy data.

  • Ultradiscrete integrable systems

    Cellular automata

    Discrete time evolution of "soliton solutions" in a periodic cellular automaton: three strings of balls of length 1, 2 and 3 interact and emerge unchanged.

  • Wrinkled elastic sheets

    Equiangular spirals

    Work by Ciprian Coman illustrating equiangular spirals on wrinkled elastic sheets.

  • A deformation of a singularity


    The study of such objects brings together ring theory, topology and algebraic geometry and has applications in integrable systems and mathematical physics.

  • Busse columns of convection

    Busse columns sphere

    Thermal convection in rotating spherical shell is the fundamental model of the fluid inner core of the Earth.

  • Geometric group theory

    Geometric group theory

    The four colour pentagon

  • Modelling the mitrial valve

    Mitral valve model

    A human mitral valve model based on MRI, modelled with the Finite Element-Imersed Boundary method.

The School of Mathematics & Statistics combines world-leading research expertise in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the majority of our submission was judged 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent), with statistics achieving the highest 4* rating in Scotland.

If you study with us you can benefit from our excellent teaching standards and supportive learning environment – an impressive 97% of our final year undergraduate students rate themselves as satisfied with their overall experience, according to the 2011 National Student Survey, rating us 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK.