School of Mathematics

Mathematics Masterclasses

Our Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses, jointly organised with Napier University and Heriot-Watt University, are interactive and hands-on super-curricular classes designed to stimulate and encourage young people in the art and practice of mathematics.

Masterclasses are designed to stretch and inspire keen and talented pupils from all over Scotland, allowing them to broaden their mathematical knowledge and develop a sense of enjoyment in the subject. Classes are led by top experts from academia and industry, and cover a broad range of mathematical topics.

The Edinburgh Mathematics Masterclasses series runs in the spring term, starting in February. On six Saturday mornings, a different speaker will be invited to share their favourite part of mathematics, which could be an interesting game they've played, an aspect of their cutting-edge research, a magic trick, or an unexpected connection between maths and another subject. Classes are never just a dry lecture, but are highly interactive and a great opportunity for pupils to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Schools from across Scotland are invited to nominate up to five S2 pupils to take part in the series; this year we will accept around 300 pupils, from a mix of state and private schools. Parents cannot nominate their child directly, but are encouraged to speak to their child's teacher if they are interested. Pupils are selected based on their enthusiasm for mathematics and their work ethic rather than purely on their mathematical ability. You can find out more about Royal Institution Masterclasses here.

If you are a school teacher and you are interested in nominating your pupils to take part in the program, please contact Will Reynolds ( He will send you relevant information.

The Edinburgh & Lothians Mathematics Masterclasses are supported by the University of Edinburgh, Napier University, Heriot-Watt University and the Royal Institution. If you are interested in offering us financial support for future years then we would be glad to hear from you!


2024 Programme

The 2024 programme dates are announced below, with abstracts and speakers coming soon.