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Hello. I'm applying for a BSc in pure math. I'd like to have opinions on the math programs at Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and if possible - a comparison of the two.

From what I've seen in statistics and rankings, I've got the impression that Aberdeen has a stronger math program, even though Edinburgh has a better 'overall' status. What do you think?

Thank you!

P.S. Actually I have applied for 'Math and Music' in Edinburgh, which is essentially the same as pure math, but with few music courses.
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I'd say that Edinburgh's maths department is better overall that Aberdeen's. When I was at Aberdeen's open day, quite a few years ago now, it seemed quite small and not necessarily somewhere that someone wholly interested in maths would study at. Edinburgh is also a better city to get a maths related finance/insurance job than Aberdeen - Aberdeen is good for engineers, not mathematicians.
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I'm purely interested in the academics. Job prospects and future career are not things that I am worried about as an undergrad.

The Math program in Aberdeen is on #17, while the one in Edinburgh is on #29 (according to The Guardian). I have the suspicion that people might see Edinburgh as better for math only because it has a higher 'overall' rank (#19 vs #43) and is more historically prestigious. Any thoughts on that?

Thank you!
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league tables are complete and utter cornflakes. edinburgh >>>> aberdeen in terms of probably, well, everything. but if you love aberdeen then go there kid
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