Employment prospects are excellent in industry, commerce, finance, the civil service, scientific research and all levels of teaching.
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.
- 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.
Professional recognition and exemptions
Up to seven exemptions from actuarial profession examinations are available from the Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences degree.