School of Mathematics Teaching

A brief introduction

A brief introduction to teaching in the School of Mathematics.

New Staff Induction Slides

UG Degrees

For official information on degree requirements see DRPS

User-friendly view of courses in maths and a couple of related schools see Path

At undergraduate level the standard UG degree is four years:

  • In Year 1 and Year 2 (Prehonours) students spend a little more than half their total time on mathematics and use their remaining time to take courses from across the university.
  • In Year 3-5 (Honours, Year 5 MMath only) students typically study entirely or almost entirely their principal subject.
  • We have a number of combined (joint) degrees. Typically students study each of two subjects approximately equally throughout. 
  • Our in-house degree programmes include Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics, and  Applied Mathematics.


  • We take a proportion (15-20%) of well-qualified entrants directly into Year 2 (named direct entry or accelerated programme) where they do mainly mathematics from the start.
  • We have an Integrated Masters (MMath) degree where students study an extra UG year at masters level.
  • The School has an agreement with some Chinese universities to do 2 years in China and 2 years in the UK for their degree.


  • We take around 150 students per year into the School of Maths. These are students doing degrees in Mathematics or combined degrees that we run (which are those where Mathematics is the first named subject). There are also students on combined degrees owned by other Schools, for example, Computer Science and Mathematics, and Economics and Mathematics.
  • A typical breakdown of our 150 is 55 Scottish, 45 Rest of UK, 20 Rest of EU, 30 Rest of World.

MSc Degrees

Our MSc degrees are primarily centred on Operational Research, and Financial Mathematics and Statistics. Total numbers recently are around 100 per year.

Teaching administration

MTO Contact information

Learn is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and is where course information for students and tutors is located


A full-time year of study consists of 120 credits. Courses are usually in units of 10, 20 or 40 points.


University teaching and vacation dates

Information about the teaching times

  • Web timetables and room bookings are available through MyEd.
  • Please do not over-run, students have other places they need to get to.
  • All our Year 1 teaching is in the Central Area, also known as George Square.  (Most Year 1 teaching across the University is located there since many students are taking courses in different schools).
  • Almost all of our teaching from Year 2 onwards is at King's Buildings, usually in the JCMB.  

Year 1 courses

What courses students take in Year 1

Please note that many students in these courses are in other degrees not within the School of Mathematics. Please refrain from saying things like "later in your mathematics degree".


Most contact hours in most courses are in the form of 50-minute lectures. 

  • Most lecture theatres are well-equipped with boards and lecture recording.
  • You can check the facilities and capacities of rooms through the timetabling page on MyEd.
  • You may receive "Learning Profiles" for students. Please discuss this with Pamela Docherty if you are unsure how to respond. There is some flexibility here, adjustments are to be made if reasonably possible.
  • Students are allowed to audio record lectures for their own use without permission. This may not be allowed if such recording would affect the learning environment.
  • Media Hopper Replay is a lecture recording service available in many lecture theatres.

More information about Media Hopper Replay


We most of our tutoring in workshops. We do not call them tutorials as this could suggest an event where you are passively taught.

Workshops are usually in Teaching Studios. These contain tables seating up to 6 students. 

  • In Year 1 and Year 2 there is one tutor for each pair of tables.
  • In later years tutors are not assigned to particular tables.
  • A course lecturer will usually be present as super-tutor to oversee the workshop.