Mathematics (Arts and Social Sciences)

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.

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): In fourth year 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

2024 entry requirements:

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S5) including Maths by end S6 plus English at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

Entry to year 2 may be possible with 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including Maths at A.

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

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Arts and Social Sciences


Social Science

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General