Applied Mathematics

BSc (Hons)

In the National Student Survey, Mathematics at Stirling consistently, scores well for student satisfaction.


This course achieved 95% student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey

There is a ready market for graduates with a mathematical training, in recognition of both their specific skills and their broad analytical expertise. In particular, there’s an ever-increasing need across professions for graduates who not only have quantitative skills, but also know how to use them – that combination is what this course delivers.

It does so by taking a new approach to teaching mathematics – evident in both our teaching style and our emphasis on real-world applications. For example, you’ll use the mathematics computing laboratories as an integral part of your learning process, making your study as much experimental as theoretical.

Possible careers after this course range from industry (especially the telecoms, financial and biotechnology sectors) to public service (as statisticians and teachers), as well as management and modelling roles in business and consultancy.

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree.

  • UCAS: G120
  • Qualification: BSc (Hons)
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time
  • Course Director: Kate Howie
  • Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
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Dr Bruce Graham

University of Stirling
Scotland UK

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points.

BTEC (Level 3):

Essential subjects:
To include Mathematics.

Three-year Honours degree

SQA Adv. Higher:

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
35 points.

Essential subjects:
To include Mathematics.

Other qualifications

Year one minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not available.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Foundation Apprenticeships

considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Essential subjects:
As listed above or equivalent.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Science, Computing and Engineering to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Alternative routes

Year 1
For entry to Year 1, Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Year 2
A Scottish HND in related subjects with BB in graded units in Year 2 can give direct entry to the second year of our degree courses.


Fees and costs

Fees 2018/19

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 12,140.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.


If you plan to commence your studies at the University of Stirling in January 2018, please note you will be subject to our 2017/18 fees. Please contact us for more information.

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You will take Mathematics plus two other subjects in Year 1.

Semesters 1 – 3

Year 1 teaching has been designed to make the transition from school to university as smooth as possible, with the material covered at secondary level reviewed, consolidated and applied before being developed further.

You will take core modules in the following:

  • Discrete mathematics: Boolean algebra, networks and logic
  • Calculus of one and several variables: differential equations
  • Vectors, matrices, complex numbers and their application in geometry and systems theory
  • Statistics and probability: exploratory data analysis and hypothesis testing

Semesters 4 – 8

The Mathematics Honours course covers a broad range of skills. You will take advanced modules covering the following key areas:

  • Mathematical techniques for solving a wide range of problems
  • The theory underlying these mathematical techniques
  • Model-building, i.e. converting real-world problems into mathematical form, and how to solve such problems using a computer
  • The incorporation of real-world features such as uncertainty into mathematical models

Delivery and assessment

Many of the course modules are assessed by means of class tests and an end-of-semester examination. Additional weekly marked assignments are used by tutors and students to monitor progress. In some modules class tests are replaced by projects in which you will solve problems based on real-world data.

Typically, in the final semester you will undertake a challenging project or series of problems under the guidance of a project supervisor.


Year 1

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Mathematics and its Applications II
  • Practical Statistics

Year 2

  • Mathematics and its Applications II
  • Linear Algebra
  • One of Optimisation in Theory and Practice or Numerical Analysis

Year 3 & 4

Eleven modules from the following:

  • Combinatorics
  • Algebra and Codes
  • Real Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Optimisation in Theory and Practice
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modelling with Differential Equations
  • Statistical Inference
  • Experimental Design and Mathematical Modelling
  • Time Series and Stochastic Processes
  • Special Topics
  • Special Topics II
  • Problem Solving in Mathematics and Statistics

Combined degrees

In addition to Single Honours in Mathematics and its Applications, the subject can be studied in combination with many other subjects.

Mathematics can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Accountancy GN14
Biology CG11
Computing Science G4G1
Economics GL11
Environmental Science F9G1
Finance GN13
French GR11
Professional Education GX11
Professional Education/Computing Science GX91
Psychology CG81

Mathematics can also be studied as a Bachelor's degree:

CourseUCAS Code
BSc Mathematics (4 years degree) G100

(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)

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Related degrees

Computing Science

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).

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Why Stirling?


Teaching provision in Mathematics and Statistics has been assessed by the Scottish Funding Council and rated as ‘highly satisfactory’.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.


The course places an emphasis of real-life motivation for both mathematical and statistical techniques, and provides course on pure and applied mathematics and statistics.

Academic strengths

There is strong and active research group within Mathematics at Stirling with an emphasis on mathematical biology.

The Mathematics and Statistics Group provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment. This gives our students the opportunity to develop mathematically  throughout the period of study.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

With its emphasis on applicable mathematics, a degree in Applied Mathematics BSc (Hons) from Stirling provides both the theoretical background and the quantitative skills required for the solution of real-world problems.

Mathematics graduates can be found in many areas of employment: in industry (especially the telecommunications, financial and biotechnology sectors); in public service (as statisticians and teachers); and also in business and consultancy as managers and modellers.

Of particular relevance at Stirling is the growing need for graduates with mathematical skills in the biological and environmental sciences. Stirling has a strong record of research in the application of mathematics to biological problems, for example, the spread of diseases in animals, and offers Combined Honours degrees in the relevant disciplines.

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