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A graduate from the MMath degree will be able to communicate to specialist and non-specialist audiences and unambiguously demonstrate the ability to work professionally with a considerable degree of autonomy. They will also be well equipped to continue independent study in mathematics (e.g. PhD study), should they wish to do so.
Teaching excellence and 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 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 in each semester.
The Level 1 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 selection of courses both in pure and applied mathematics. An extended project also builds on the Level 3 project preparation course.
This year will provide detailed knowledge and understanding at an advanced level, and develop a critical awareness of current problems in some areas of mathematics. Courses on the research specialities of the department such as mathematical biology and ecology will be available. There will be a further in-depth, dissertation-based project.
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 MMath Mathematics students are doing six months after graduating:
- 65% are working
- 20% are studying
- 5% are working and studying.
- 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £25000
- The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £23000
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
- Administrative occupations
- Managers, directors and senior officials
- Sales 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.