Mathematics, put simply, is the study and science of quantity, shapes and arrangement.  It is used to find and understand patterns which aid in solving real-world problems or explaining phenomena. Fundamental areas in Maths include number theory (quantity), algebra (structure), geometry (shapes) and mathematical analysis (change).

Studying Maths helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making, which are valued by employers across many job sectors.

At the University of Stirling our Maths courses focus on real-world applications of both mathematical and statistical techniques. You’ll be an industry ready graduate with many career pathways open to you.

Mathematics courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

Undergraduate courses
CourseStart date
BSc (Hons) Applied MathematicsSeptember 2022, January 2023
BSc (Hons) MathematicsSeptember 2022, January 2023
Postgraduate courses
CourseStart date
MSc Mathematics and Data ScienceSeptember 2022, January 2023
infographic: 2nd in Scotland

2nd in Scotland

and Top 10 in the UK for Mathematics

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Graduate careers in Mathematics

A degree in Maths from Stirling gives you the theoretical background and the quantitative skills needed to work in many different fields. There is a growing demand for graduates with mathematical skills in areas such as business, research and science. Industries may include health, business, space science, government, pharmaceuticals, engineering, finance and information technology.

Jobs related to a Mathematics degree include:

  • actuary
  • accountant
  • data scientist
  • statistician
  • investment analyst
  • research scientist
  • software engineer
  • teacher
  • financial trader

Specialist facilities

Our Mathematics computing laboratories are an integral part of the learning process, making studying as much experimental as theoretical.

Partnerships and industry

We are a member of The Data Lab, which is an Innovation Centre with the aim of developing data science talent and skills required by the industry in Scotland.


We have a vibrant Mathematics Society run by students. Stirling students have been highly successful participating in the international Mathematical Contest in Modelling. In 2017, four out of five of our teams were in the top 9% in the world.

Mathematics research

Our department of Computing Science and Mathematics produce internationally excellent research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) 90 percent was graded as 'Internationally Excellent', with the top five percent judged to be 'World-leading'.

The Computing Science and Mathematics research group has a primary interest in the application of mathematics to biology, economics and life sciences.

Postgraduate research opportunities

As a PhD student researching Mathematics at Stirling, you’ll benefit from the support and expertise of leading academics who encourage you to think outside the box and tackle real problems affecting industry and society. See our PhD and MPhil opportunities in:

Computational Mathematics and Optimisation Research Group

A research group focusing on the development of computational and mathematical methods to solve complex dynamic problems.