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This degree combines material from the Mathematics and Actuarial Science courses, together with specialist actuarial and statistical skills. It also takes a wide-ranging approach to other areas of advanced mathematics. Year one focuses on core topics in algebra, calculus and statistics, along with an introduction to finance and economics. Year two builds upon this by introducing topics in actuarial science. The third and final years offer a range of options – allowing you to choose a combination which best suits your interests. A good performance in this actuarial science degree could lead to up to seven actuarial professional exemptions.
Mathematics at Heriot-Watt is ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018*.
*Responses from full-time degree students.
Course contentDetailed course guide
Has been designed to ease the transition from school to university. Students take courses in calculus and algebra which continue the development of these subjects already studied in school while also taking courses on statistics, economics and finance.
You will continue your study of calculus, algebra, and statistics taking courses in multivariable calculus and real analysis, linear algebra, and probability and statistics. Additionally, you will start to studying actuarial and financial mathematics and numeric analysis.
You will study abstract algebra, ordinary differential equations and statistical modelling. You will also have the opportunity to study a wide range of options including life insurance mathematics, stochastic processes, survival models, vector analysis, complex analysis, numerical analysis and other topics in pure and applied mathematics.
All courses are optional in this year and you can choose from life insurance mathematics, pension funds, life office practice, statistics for social science, bayesian inference, risk theory, time series, optimisation, partial differential equations, mathematical biology, functional analysis, geometry, numerical analysis and other topics in pure and applied mathematics.
More in-depth information on the content of the courses listed above, how they are assessed and the learning outcomes can be accessed via our current student portal.
Work and study
This is what our BSc (Hons) students are doing six months after graduating:
- 75% are working
- 5% are studying
- 10% are working and studying.
- 86% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £22000
- The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £25000
These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
- Research and development managers
- Teaching and educational professionals
- Secretarial and related occupations
- Elementary occupations
- Highers ABBBB including Mathematics at A
- A-Levels ABB including Mathematics at A
- Int. Baccalaureate 28 points with Mathematics at Higher Level 5
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Mathematics
- Advanced Highers ABB including Mathematics at A plus excellent Highers or Scottish Baccalaureate
- A-Levels AAB including Mathematics at A
- Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with Mathematics at Higher Level 6
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDD including sufficient Mathematics
- To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours courses, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.
- Applications from students studying a relevant HNC/HND or recognised Access Programme who possess a suitable grounding or appropriate qualification in Mathematics would be welcomed.
- We also accept the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) at D in place of one A-Level, however it cannot replace a subject specific requirement unless relevant.
|Status*||Scotland / EU**||England / Northern Ireland / Wales***||International|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£14,640|
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).
*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018
In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.