Employment prospects are excellent in industry, commerce, finance, the civil service, scientific research and all levels of teaching.

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Mathematics is a wide-ranging and important subject based around a particular way of thinking about the world. Graduates will find their problem solving and numerical skills highly sought after across a wide range of careers. To take this diversity into account, our degrees have been produced in a flexible modular form, with a range of specialist options available later in the course.

There is a strong emphasis on transferable skills training throughout our courses, including a careers course, a project preparation skills course and a dissertation-based project. This emphasis on careers contributes to our high graduate employment rates with internationally leading companies.

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.


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    Skills gained

    • Broad knowledge and understanding of modern mathematics
    • Detailed understanding of certain specific areas of mathematics
    • Ability to formulate and solve complex real-world problems in mathematical language
    • Flexible and rigorous approach to problem solving
    • Confidence in technical writing and communication.