The course

UCAS code
G100
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Join one of Scotland's top Mathematics courses with its innovative 'Maths Café' community and opportunities to study abroad.

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Overview

The course covers basic knowledge, combined with recent developments in research. It’s designed to help you develop your advanced mathematical and statistical skills – giving you an understanding of their application to the formulation and solution of real-world problems. In essence, this degree in mathematics combines specialist knowledge with key transferable skills.

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.


Course content

Detailed course guide
Year 1

The core material includes algebra, calculus, statistics and problem solving skills. Level 1 has been carefully designed to ease the transition from school to university. You will take the above subjects together with an elective course in each semester.

Year 2

The Level 2 work is consolidated and extended in both pure and applied mathematics. A choice between optional courses in computer science and probability and statistics is available.

Year 3

A combination of core and optional courses develops mathematical skills and knowledge and introduces the ideas used at the forefront of modern mathematics. Subjects include: analysis, abstract algebra, discrete mathematics, numerical analysis, and ordinary differential equations. A project preparation and skills course offers useful transferable skills.

Year 4

Further exploration and specialisation is possible with options related to our research expertise including functional analysis, optimisation, differential geometry, mathematical biology and a choice of other courses in both pure and applied mathematics. A final year project also builds on the Level 3 project preparation course.

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) Mathematics students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 65% are working
  • 25% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 60% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £25000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £22000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Elementary occupations
  • Customer service occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2

  • 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

Additional information

  • 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.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2018 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £14,200

* 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

Featured scholarships

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.