This is one of the few dedicated Applied Mathematics MSc programmes in the UK. For over 40 years Heriot-Watt has been exceptionally strong in Applied Mathematics and we have world-leading researchers in many related areas and very good links with industry.
Our flexible programme is designed to equip students with the modern, transferrable mathematical and statistical skills to prepare them for careers in industry and research.
Students will gain a solid, theoretical and practical foundation through a diverse range of taught courses and applications oriented projects.
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Course contentDetailed course guide
Students will take a total of 8 courses, 4 in each of the 1st and 2nd Semesters followed by a 3-month Project in the summer. A typical distribution for this programme is as follows:
- Modelling and Tools;
- Dynamical Systems;
- Applied Mathematics (recommended);
- Applied Linear Algebra (recommended).
- Mathematical Ecology;
- Functional Analysis;
- Numerical Analysis of ODEs;
- Pure Mathematics;
- Statistical Methods;
- Stochastic Simulation;
- Software Engineering Foundations;
- Mathematical Biology and Medicine;
- Partial Differential Equations;
- Numerical Analysis;
Typical project subjects:
- Pattern Formation of Whole Ecosystems;
- Climate Change Impact;
- Modelling Invasive Tumour Growth;
- Simulation of Granular Flow and Growing Sandpiles;
- Finite Element Discretisation of ODEs and PDEs;
- Domain Decomposition;
- Mathematical Modelling of Crime;
- The Geometry of Point Particles;
- Can we Trust Eigenvalues on a Computer?
Detailed course descriptions are available on our student pages.
Entry is aimed at graduates with strong mathematical knowledge and skills. A good honours degree in mathematics, statistics or a related subject with a substantial mathematical content is desired. Motivation and a willingness to work hard are also important pre-requisites.
English language requirements
Important: If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.
The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5, we also accept TOEFL (scores of 79 and higher).
We also offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your master’s programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
Fees & funding
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£5200||£2600||£650|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£5200||£2600||£650|
* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
** Fee per course
Scholarships & bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.