Detailed course guide
Level 1 has been designed to ease the transition from school to university. You will take courses in calculus and algebra which continue the study of these subjects from school, while also taking physics courses on mechanics and waves and fields and forces.
Work in mathematics consolidates and extends the first year content, with applied mathematics and numerical analysis being introduced, alongside physics courses in photonics, quantum mechanics and relativity.
Mathematics courses in pure and applied topics are offered along with physics courses in advanced quantum theory, electromagnetism and optics.
Further exploration and specialisation in advanced mathematics is possible with options related to our research expertise, together with a selection of topics in advanced physics.
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.
Standard entry requirements
Highers ABBBB (including Mathematics at A and Physics)
A-Levels BBB (including Mathematics and Physics)
Int. Baccalaureate 28 points (with Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 5)
BTEC DDM (including sufficient Mathematics and Physics)
Minimum entry requirements*
Highers BBBC (including Mathematics and Physics at B)
A-Levels BBC (including Mathematics and Physics 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 and Physics plus excellent Highers)
A-Levels ABB (including Mathematics at A and Physics)
Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 6)
BTEC DDD (including sufficient Mathematics and Physics ) 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.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / EU**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales***
* 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
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:
View our full range of