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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.
'Mathematics' at Heriot-Watt is ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018*.
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Course contentDetailed course guide
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.
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.
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.
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.