Mathematics has been studied at the University of Edinburgh from its very foundation in 1583. In the early years, all students followed the same MA curriculum, modelled on that of other European universities such as Paris and Bologna. It included Greek, Logic, Philosophy, Natural Philosophy (as Physics was then known) and Mathematics.
The research environment is enhanced by the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences and by close collaboration with Heriot-Watt University through the Maxwell Institute which was set up in 2005 following significant funding from the Scottish Funding Council. Researchers in areas of applied mathematics benefit from the proximity of strong research groups elsewhere in the University and from collaborative opportunities with local companies and other users of research.