Mathematics BSc/MA/MSci/MA(SocSci)

Students in a Mathematics Lecture

Mathematics is a vast and ever-growing subject which incorporates successful explorations of numerical, geometrical and logical relationships.

It uses reasoned argument from basic postulates and principles to explain the pattern and structure of the world we observe, to suggest pattern and structure as yet unobserved, and in general, provide tools that can be used to understand and manage the universe in which we live. In Pure Mathematics these postulates often take the form of concepts from geometry or properties of numbers, whereas in Applied Mathematics the postulates typically take the form of laws that can be tested rigorously by experiment.

Mathematics provides practitioners with a sophisticated toolbox for use in the manipulation of information, and the means to impose pattern and structure on that information.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Mathematics BSc (Hons): G100 4 year degree
  • Mathematics MA (Hons): G102 4 year degree
  • Mathematics MSci: G101 5 year degree

Why study Mathematics?

  • Our ambassador scheme gives students the chance to spend time in schools, experiencing teaching at first hand and developing vital workplace skills
  • Our programme allows you to choose from a wide variety of courses in honours years
  • Our programmes are accredited by the Institute of Mathematics
  • The MacLaurin Society(or MacSoc), is the university's Mathematics and Statistics Society. Named after the Scottish mathematician Colin MacLaurin, it has been running since the 1950's and provides a supportive and friendly atmosphere for students in the School

Programme structure


Year 1

Core courses:

You will take a 40-credit course covering matrices, linear equations, complex numbers, vectors, calculus and groups. You will develop mathematical communication skills through regular small group problem-solving activities.



Year 2

Core courses:

Courses cover multivariable calculus, linear algebra, topics in applied mathematics, classical mechanics and mathematical modelling, introduction to real analysis, topics in pure mathematics including groups, transformations and symmetries. You can also choose to take optional mathematics courses on graphs and networks, and discrete mathematics.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.



Year 3

Core courses:



Year 4

If you progress to Honours, you will study a wide range of topics.

The Applied Mathematics courses allow students who prefer the practical and applicable aspects of the subject to concentrate on these elements. The Pure Mathematics courses are ideal for students who prefer the abstract and logical aspects of the subject. Most students take a mix of both.

In fourth year you will have the opportunity to specialise in your area of choice and undertake a project carried out under one-to-one supervision.

There is also an opportunity to take an MSci degree over five years, which explores mathematics topics in greater depth and includes an individually supervised research project.



Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Our international links

You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities as part of your degree. This won’t add any extra time to your studies; see Study abroad.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2022

Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

Summary of entry requirements for Mathematics

SQA Higher Entry Requirements

  • BBBB at S5 will be considered. Typically S6 entrants will have AAAAA at Higher. B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher.
  • Additional requirements:
    BSc: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science subject.
    MA: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Humanities subject.
    MA(SocSci): No entry from S5 and entry after S6 only

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S5 or S6)

  • MD20 – BBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40 – AABB*
  • Additional requirements:
    BSc: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Science subject.
    MA: Higher Mathematics and a Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements:
    BSc: A-level Mathematics.
    MA: A-level Mathematics and A-level Humanities subject.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements:
    BSc: HL Mathematics (Analysis & Approaches).
    MA: HL Mathematics (Analysis & Approaches) and HL Humanities subject.

Glasgow International College

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

English language requirements

Subject to confirmation for 2022 entry

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact External Relations

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates go on to careers in the financial services sector or computing, or undertake postgraduate study. Others are employed in industry, using the modelling and problem-solving skills gained on the programme. Our recent graduates have been employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton, Alexander Sloan, Cigna, Deloitte, Royal Bank of Scotland and Credit Suisse. 

Degrees and UCAS codes

Which degree should I choose for Mathematics?

Mathematics is offered as four different types of honours degrees: BSc/MSci, MA and MA (SocSci), with the MA (SocSci) available only for combined degrees. The Mathematics courses within these degrees are identical but the programme structure includes a selection of other subjects in years 1 and 2, which vary according to the degree. There are small differences in entry requirements between the degrees as well. This means that you should choose your degree according to the context in which you plan to study Mathematics and the subjects that you have studied previously. Here is some guidance.

Bachelor of Science/Master in Science (BSc/MSci)

These options are intended for students who have a background in Science. The BSc is a 4-year degree and the MSci is a 5-year degree, which is specifically aimed at students intending on further research study. The first year of all degree programmes comprises Mathematics and two other subjects, which are typically drawn from Science: often Physics, Statistics, Computing Science, Astronomy or Chemistry. This is the most common choice of degree, and students can proceed after year two with either a single or combined honours degree in Mathematics.

Master of Arts in Social Science (MA SocSci)

This option is intended for students who have a background in Social Sciences and are interested in a 4-year combined honours degree with Mathematics: for example Business & Management/Mathematics or Economics/Mathematics.

Master of Arts (MA)

This option is intended for students who have a background in Arts subjects such as English, History or languages.
The first year comprises Mathematics and two Arts courses, such as English Language and Philosophy. Students can proceed after year two with either a single or combined honours degree in Mathematics.

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BSc (Hons)

Mathematics: G100 (4 years)
Mathematics/Astronomy: FGM1 (4 years)
Mathematics/Business & Management: NG21 (4 years)
Mathematics/Chemistry: GF11 (4 years)
Mathematics/Computing Science: GGK1 (4 years)
Mathematics/Economics: LG1D (4 years)
Mathematics/Geography: FG81 (4 years)
Mathematics/Philosophy: GVD5 (4 years)
Mathematics/Physics: GF14 (4 years)
Mathematics/Psychology: CG81 (4 years)
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Applicants must meet the Psychology requirements
Mathematics/Statistics: GGC3 (4 years)

MA (Hons)

Mathematics: G102 (4 years)
Mathematics/Archaeology: GV14 (4 years)
Mathematics/Celtic Civilisation: GQ15 (4 years)
Mathematics/Celtic Studies: GQC5 (4 years)
Mathematics/Classics: GQ18 (4 years)
Mathematics/Digital Media & Information Studies: GGM1 (4 years)
Mathematics/English Language & Linguistics: QG3D (4 years)
Mathematics/English Literature: QG3C (4 years)
Mathematics/French: GR11 (5 years)
Mathematics/Gaelic: QG51 (4 years)
Mathematics/German: GR12 (5 years)
Mathematics/History: GV11 (4 years)
Mathematics/History of Art: GVC3 (4 years)
Mathematics/Italian: GR13 (5 years)
Mathematics/Latin: GQ16 (4 years)
Mathematics/Music: GW13 (4 years)
Mathematics/Philosophy: GV15 (4 years)
Mathematics/Portuguese: 4A9P (5 years)
Mathematics/Russian: GR17 (5 years)
Mathematics/Scottish History: GVC2 (4 years)
Mathematics/Scottish Literature: GQ12 (4 years)
Mathematics/Spanish: RG41 (5 years)
Mathematics/Theatre Studies: GW14 (4 years)
Mathematics/Theology & Religious Studies: GV16 (4 years)


Mathematics: G101 (5 years)
Mathematics/Astronomy: FG5D (5 years)
Mathematics/Chemistry: FG11 (5 years)
Mathematics/Computing Science: GG4C (5 years)
Mathematics/Physics: FGJ1 (5 years)
Mathematics/Statistics: GGH1 (5 years)

MA(SocSci) (Hons)

Mathematics/Business & Management: GND2 (4 years)
Mathematics/Business Economics: LG11 (4 years)
Mathematics/Economic & Social History: VG31 (4 years)
Mathematics/Economics: GL11 (4 years)
Mathematics/Politics: LG21 (4 years)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

RUK Excellence Scholarship

The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

RUK Access Bursary

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2021/22, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for one year of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the University. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow awards c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships each academic year to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.


Republic of Ireland (RoI) Access Bursary

Glasgow has a long and proud tradition of providing financial support to talented students who, for reasons of financial hardship, might not be able to take a place at university. Our RoI Access Bursary is part of our commitment to continue to attract and support students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The RoI bursary will be up to £2,000 for your first year of study and £1,000 for continuing years.

Payments of the RoI Access Bursary will be detailed in your Award Letter.

  • The RoI Access Bursary will be awarded as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Access Bursary will be paid in 10 instalments from October until July; this award is based on household income
  • The RoI Access Bursary will only be awarded in years where tuition fees of £9,250 apply (i.e. Normally Years 1,2 and 3. Bursary is not paid in Year 4 where no tuition fees are due).

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Excellence Scholarship

The RoI Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained at Irish Higher grades A1, A1, A1, A1 from the Irish Leaving Certificate.  Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine applicants are not eligible for this award.


  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be processed as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be paid in 2 instalments.
  • The first payment will be in October and the second payment will be in February.

These payments will be credited to the UK bank account held on your MyCampus profile; therefore, it is vital that this is up to date at the start of the session. By submitting your bank details on the MyCampus system, you are confirming that you agree with the terms and conditions of the award.

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

Cowrie Foundation Scholarship

The University of Glasgow and The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will offer a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically challenged backgrounds.  Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK and commencing an undergraduate study in the academic year 2021-2022.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation wants to fund 100 Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information on the Foundation can be found here.

Humanitarian Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering four scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2021/22. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

We are also offering eight scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £2,500 stipend towards study costs, per year of study.

The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society are offering an award to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who descend from Clan Gregor. Prospective students will be asked to submit an application highlighting areas of consideration such as academic excellence and financial need. The award is open to both Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 26 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website).
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

ATAS: Academic Technology Approval Scheme

Please note that this programmes in this subject at Masters level require ATAS. If you require a visa to study in the UK then you will need to apply for an ATAS certificate before applying for your visa or extension of stay, allowing at least four weeks (20 working days) in order to obtain it.

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) was introduced on 1 November 2007. It is used to help stop the spread of knowledge and skills that could be used in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery. This is in common with other governments around the world.

The ATAS is designed to ensure that people who are applying to study certain sensitive subjects in the UK do not have links to WMD programmes.

How to apply for Advanced Entry

Apply for year 2 (Y2) on your UCAS application. If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application for year 2 entry is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for year 1 entry. You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application.

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