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Our well-thought-of programme consists of two main threads which progress throughout the four years of study; Analysis and Algebra. In addition, in the first two years we teach several courses on foundations. In the final two years we broaden our offer to other areas of Mathematics such as Topology and Geometry.

Mathematics is a powerful universal language used to describe situations in abstract terms. At the heart of manipulation with abstract mathematical objects are precision, logical thinking and reasoning skills. Studying and doing mathematics requires a high level of communication skills. Employers highly value these skills and the subsequent versatility of our graduates.

Both the MA and BSc Mathematics degrees study the same core courses. The difference comes in the choices that students can make through their optional courses.

Our well-thought-of programme consists of two main threads which progress throughout the four years of study; Analysis and Algebra. In addition, in the first two years we teach several courses on foundations. In the final two years we broaden our offer to other areas of Mathematics such as Topology and Geometry. Mathematics is a powerful universal language used to describe situations...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Calculus i (MA1005) - 15 Credit Points

Algebra (MA1006) - 15 Credit Points

Calculus II (MA1508) - 15 Credit Points

Set Theory (MA1511) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Linear Algebra i (MA2008) - 15 Credit Points

Analysis i (MA2009) - 15 Credit Points

Linear Algebra II (MA2508) - 15 Credit Points

Analysis II (MA2509) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Group Theory (MX3020) - 15 Credit Points

Metric and Topological Spaces (MX3036) - 15 Credit Points

Rings and Fields (MX3531) - 15 Credit Points

Analysis III (MX3035) - 15 Credit Points

Analysis Iv (MX3535) - 15 Credit Points

Differential Equations (MX3536) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Optimisation Theory (MX4086)
  • Geometry (MX4549)

Plus select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

Optimisation Theory (MX4086) - 15 Credit Points

Geometry (MX4549) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Group Theory (MX3020) - 15 Credit Points

Metric and Topological Spaces (MX3036) - 15 Credit Points

Rings and Fields (MX3531) - 15 Credit Points

Analysis III (MX3035) - 15 Credit Points

Analysis Iv (MX3535) - 15 Credit Points

Differential Equations (MX3536) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Optimisation Theory (MX4086)
  • Geometry (MX4549)

Plus select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

Optimisation Theory (MX4086) - 15 Credit Points

Geometry (MX4549) - 15 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Calculus i (MA1005) - 15 Credit Points Algebra (MA1006) - 15 Credit Points Calculus II (MA1508) - 15 Credit Points Set Theory (MA1511) - 15 Credit Points Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Optional...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

*Including good performance in Mathematics by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

*Including good performance in Mathematics by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

*Including good performance in Mathematics by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

*Including good performance in Mathematics by the end of your senior phase of education.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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