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BSc (Hons) Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences

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UCAS code
Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
BSc (Hons)
Mode of delivery
4 years
Start date

Our popular BSc in Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences provides comprehensive training in modern mathematics, contemporary statistics and actuarial sciences. Studying this variety of courses offers a dynamic blend of analytical problem-solving skills, data interpretation and a sound understanding of the intricacies of the insurance, pensions, economic and finance sectors. This degree offers the opportunity to gain exemptions from Core Principles subjects of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFOA) Curriculum professional exams. This programme of study equips individuals to address complex real-world challenges, making them highly sought after in a wide array of career paths. As a major financial and insurance centre, Edinburgh offers excellent career opportunities.

We have carefully designed a curriculum that teaches a comprehensive programme in modern mathematics, statistics and actuarial sciences. Our programmes also includes courses that emphasize practical and transferable skills, IT expertise, and career readiness. Activities include, giving presentations, producing independent research reports, working in groups to solve problems, and developing your career skills. Our mathematics degrees are ranked 1st for graduate employment prospects in The Times Good University Guide 2024. Our recent mathematics graduates use their skills in the Financial, Engineering, Data Science and Professional Services sectors, and more.

Center of Actuarial Excellence

Heriot-Watt University is recognised as a ‘Center of Actuarial Excellence’ by the Society of Actuaries (SOA), North America. We are the only ‘Center of Actuarial Excellence’ in Europe and one of only 30 other schools worldwide with this designation. With roots dating back to 1889, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) is the world's largest actuarial professional organisation with more than 28,000 actuaries as members.

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) in the UK administers examinations necessary to achieve the esteemed designation of a Fellow of the IFoA. Passing these rigorous exams is crucial for individuals aiming to become fully qualified actuaries, allowing them to practice in the field. This degree programme offers the opportunity to gain exemptions from Core Principles subjects of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFOA) Curriculum professional exams.

Your student experience

Our BSc Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences programme provides a wide range of expertise and research opportunities in various mathematical disciplines. These include:

  • Advanced Mathematical Theory: Delving deeply into the fundamental theoretical principles that underlie pure mathematical concepts and applications.
  • Applied Mathematics: Developing mathematical models that can be applied to solve real world problems.
  • Computational Mathematics: Developing extensive numerical and programming skills so you can solve complex mathematical models and optimise solutions of real problems.
  • Mathematical Education: We have a dedicated team with expertise in technology enhanced learning and you will benefit from these developments in teaching and assessment.
  • Statistics and Data Analysis: Developing essential statistical and data analysis skills to extract meaningful insights from data sets and to inform decision making.
  • Actuarial Science: Developing key knowledge of actuarial and financial mathematics and applying mathematics to insurance, pensions and risk management scenarios that play a vital role in the career of an actuary.

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Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

Has been designed to ease the transition from school to university. Students take courses in calculus and algebra which continue the development of these subjects already studied in school while also taking courses on statistics, economics and finance.

Mandatory September

  • Calculus A
  • Introduction to University Mathematics
  • Topics in Statistical Practice

Optional September

  • Introductory Economics

Mandatory January

  • Calculus B
  • Elements of Probability

Optional January

  • Finance and Financial Reporting
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Development Planning

Programme Video

Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University

Fees and funding

ScotlandPaid by SAAS
England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland£9,250
  • Status: 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.
  • International: 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above).

Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

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 undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBBB (including Mathematics at A)
  • A-Levels BBB - ABB (including Mathematics at B)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points (with Mathematics at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM (including sufficient Mathematics)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including Mathematics at B)
  • A-Levels BBC (including Mathematics 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

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.


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Potential career paths

  • Information Technology Professionals
  • Business, Research and Administrative Professionals

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