The School is internationally renowned for the quality of our research, our outstanding research achievements, and our forward-thinking initiatives.

We undertake ground breaking research that develops new futures for both Mathematics and Computer Science and our expertise and ideas are regularly applied to benefit industry and society.

We continued to demonstrate the outstanding quality and impact of our research in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) assessment of research quality in the UK.

In Mathematical Sciences, the Maxwell Institute (our joint submission with the University of Edinburgh) was ranked 5th in the UK and 1st in Scotland according to the power measure which takes account of volume and quality of research activity. The Maxwell Institute was also ranked 1st in Scotland for the proportion of its research that is world-leading and equal 1st in the UK for its world-leading and internationally excellent research environment.

Computer Science was ranked equal 1st in the UK for its world-leading and internationally excellent research environment and also for the impact of its research. The proportion of Computer Science research that is world-leading and internationally excellent has risen by 18% in the past 6 years and Computer Science is now ranked 3rd in Scotland according to the power measure.

In Business & Management (UoA19), where the Actuarial and Financial Group were submitted, the university consolidated its position achieved in RAE08 being ranked 38th out of 101 submissions across the UK and 34th in terms of the proportion of environment rated as world-leading.

Computer science

Our Computer Science department is broadly organised into 3 areas. These groups are spearheading advances in many areas of fundamental computing, including intelligent systems, interaction and rigorous systems.

Mathematical sciences

Our research is part of the Maxwell Institute, bringing together our researchers with the University of Edinburgh. Among our strengths are actuarial and financial mathematics, mathematical modelling in the life and biosciences, and stochastic systems.


We work hard to make our School a fantastic place to do your PhD. We have a world-class research environment, with all the facilities you need for your research.