Mathematics, simply put, is the study and science of quantity, shapes and arrangement. Mathematicians find and understand patterns which can solve real-world problems or explain phenomena.

Maths fundamentals include:

  • number theory (quantity)
  • algebra (structure)
  • geometry (shapes)
  • mathematical analysis (change).

At the University of Stirling, you will study real-world applications of both mathematical and statistical techniques.

Our Maths degrees are highly rated. We're ranked Top 5 in Scotland and Top 20 in the UK for Mathematics (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).

Studying Maths helps you develop skills in logical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making. Our graduates are industry-ready, with skills sought-after by employers across many job sectors.

Mathematics courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

Undergraduate courses
CourseStart date
BSc (Hons) Applied MathematicsSeptember 2024
BSc (Hons) MathematicsSeptember 2024
Postgraduate courses
CourseStart date
MSc Mathematics and Data ScienceSeptember 2024, January 2025


We offer a variety of scholarship and funding options to help you finance your studies at the University of Stirling.

Undergraduate scholarships

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Postgraduate scholarships

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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.

Mathematics research

Our department of Computing Science and Mathematics produces internationally excellent research. 

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 Computing Science and Mathematics.