Mathematics and Physics

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


First Year: Students take up to four mathematics courses. Three of these are compulsory: two introductory courses in Analysis (Calculus 1 and 2) and a course in Algebra. The fourth course, which is optional, covers a range of mathematical topics.

The Analysis courses begin with fundamental ideas concerning sets, functions and methods of proof. Then they discuss limits, differentiation and integration of functions in one variable. The Algebra course includes such topics as vectors, matrices, complex numbers and methods of counting. The optional course includes topics like symmetry, elementary number theory, functions and relations, elementary probability and elementary astronomy.

Second year: Students take up to five mathematics courses. Four of the courses are compulsory. Of these, two are Analysis courses, one is in Set Theory and Algebraic Structures and one is in Linear Algebra. The optional course is in Probability Theory.

Third Year (Junior Honours): In third and fourth year taken together, Mathematics students take a total of 14 courses (plus 2 courses of enhanced study). In Third Year, most of these are compulsory and cover topics which are essential for any further study, for example Complex Analysis, Group Theory, Ring Theory and Topology of Metric Spaces. There are further courses, some of which are optional, covering a variety of topics from Pure and Applied Mathematics, such as Mechanics, Mathematical Methods of Physics, Stochastic Processes and Linear Optimisation.

Fourth Year (Senior Honours): There are now even more options, and they depend to some extent on whether a student wishes to obtain a degree in "Mathematics" or in "Applied Mathematics". The programme includes courses on Measure Theory, Galois Theory, Mathematical Modelling and Nonlinear Dynamics, along with a range of optional courses (which may vary from year to year) from Pure and Applied Mathematics, reflecting the research interests in the Department. There is a major project which involves presenting an individual report.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBB (by end of S5) including Maths and Physics by end of S6 plus English, Maths and Chemistry or Physics at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

For second year entry you would require the above plus 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including Maths at A and Physics.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

1 Foundation Apprenticeship is accepted in place of a non-essential Higher.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General