The course

UCAS code
GGD3
Duration
4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

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Overview

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. The School is currently in discussion with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries to secure reaccreditation and exemptions under the new Curriculum 2019 education strategy.

Student satisfaction

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.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

Year 4

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.

Employability

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.

Managerial/professional position

  • 86% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • 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

Jobs

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

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBBB (including Mathematics at A)
  • A-Levels BBB (including Mathematics)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points (with Mathematics at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM (including sufficient Mathematics)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including Mathematics at B)
  • A-Levels BBC (including Mathematics at B)

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers ABB (including Mathematics at A plus excellent Highers)
  • A-Levels ABB (including Mathematics at A)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Mathematics at Higher Level 6)
  • BTEC DDD (including sufficient Mathematics)

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
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).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government 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:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.