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UCAS code
G101
Level
Undergraduate
Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
MMaths
Mode of delivery
On-Campus
Duration
5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Start date
September

The Master of Mathematics (MMath) provides students with a rigorous education in mathematical theory and practice, developing their expertise across pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and computational mathematics. The MMath degree programme utilises our BSc Mathematics course provision up to level  4 and then uses Masters level courses in the final year of the programme. It is designed to equip you with the ability to formulate and solve real-world problems. Mathematics provides the tools to make advances in science, technology and engineering and therefore your mathematical skills will be in high demand in a wide range of sectors.

We have carefully designed a curriculum that teaches a comprehensive programme in modern mathematics. 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 CV and interview 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.

A graduate from the MMath degree will be able to communicate mathematical ideas 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.

Your Journey to a PhD

Your Master of Mathematics (MMath) degree is a significant achievement, but the journey doesn't necessarily end there. Pursuing a Ph.D. represents an opportunity to delve deeper into the expansive realm of mathematics. Whether your interest lies in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or the convergence of both, a Ph.D. provides a platform for you to develop cutting-edge mathematical research. The type of research projects that are offered to top students can be found here https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/schools/mathematical-computer-sciences/research/phd/phd-opportunities-in-mathematical-sciences.htm

Your student experience

Our MMath 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.

Go Global

With Go Global, Heriot-Watt's global student programme, you can carry your studies to new places and experience new cultures, expanding your horizons on the way. You'll discover what it means to be a true global citizen and emerge prepared for wherever your career journey will take you.

European Exchange

This Exchange Programme enables you to study or work in Europe as part of your degree programme, usually for a full academic year.

Worldwide Exchange

This Exchange Programme enables you to study outside of Europe as part of your degree programme, usually for a full academic year.

Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

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.

Mandatory September

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

Optional September

  • Mathematics in Context

Mandatory January

  • Calculus B
  • Problem Solving
  • Elements of Probability

Optional January

  • Discrete Mathematics

Programme Video

Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University

Fees and funding

StatusFee
ScotlandPaid by SAAS
England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland£9,250
International£18,704
  • 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 (including Mathematics)
  • 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.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MMaths Mathematics students are doing 15 months after graduating:
70%
are working
5%
are studying
15%
are studying and working

Salary

£28000
The average salary of students 15 months after graduating
£28000
The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course

Potential career paths

  • Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
  • Finance professionals
  • Information Technology Professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals

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