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BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Computer Science

Key information

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

The BSc Mathematics and Computer Science programme offers a dynamic and thorough education that merges the analytical depth of mathematics with the practical innovation of computer science. This cross-disciplinary training prepares you to solve intricate problems and contribute to progress in diverse areas. You’ll gain a profound comprehension of both theoretical and applied mathematics, statistics, and computational techniques, as well as fundamental computer science concepts like software engineering, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and system architecture.

During your studies, you’ll participate in various activities, including presentations, independent research, and team projects. These practical experiences are designed to sharpen your problem-solving skills and cultivate essential professional competencies, such as resume crafting and interview techniques, ensuring you’re equipped for the professional world. Our curriculum is tailored to meet the demands of the industry, enabling you to construct robust systems and innovate with the latest technologies.

Our BSc Mathematics and Computer Science graduates are sought after in numerous sectors, including finance, engineering, analytics, consulting services, and technology innovation.

The National Robotarium

The National Robotarium is Located on Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus, in partnership with The University of Edinburgh, the National Robotarium creates innovative solutions to global challenges, working directly with industry to test and develop robotic, AI and automated technologies and rapidly move pioneering research from lab to market.

The National Robotarium fosters the teaching and development of the next generation of roboticists, producing highly-skilled graduates who are trained to conduct world-leading research with a market focus, and developing programmes to equip the current and future workforce with robotics, data and programming skills.

The Campbell Maths Gym

The Campbell Maths Gym is a cross-campus initiative which aims to support all Heriot-Watt students, across all our campuses, to strengthen their mathematical and statistical skills and to boost their mathematical confidence. It provides support through drop-in sessions, small group appointments and online resources.

Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences

We are part of the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, a joint research institute bringing together within a single body the research activities of:

The Maxwell Institute promotes the development of new mathematical theory and tools meaning that the mathematics that we teach is up-to-date and relevant for solving current real world problems.

Your student experience

Our BSc Mathematics and Computer Science 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.
  • Computational Mathematics: Acquisition of advanced numerical methods and programming skills to analyze and solve sophisticated mathematical problems.
  • Software Development: Proficiency in designing, coding, and testing software, with an emphasis on mathematical applications.
  • Data Science and Analytics: Developing the ability to interpret and manage data, using statistical methods and machine learning for informed decision-making.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Understanding the theoretical underpinnings of AI and its applications in automating problem-solving.

Go Global

There are currently no Go Global opportunities for this particular programme. However, other Go Global opportunities may be available. Please contact for more information.

Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

The mathematics content is identical to that of the BSc in Mathematics. Two courses in software development in computer science introduce key ideas in programming.

Mandatory September

  • Calculus A
  • Introduction to University Mathematics
  • Software Development 1
  • Topics in Statistical Practice

Mandatory January

  • Calculus B
  • Problem Solving
  • Software Development 2
  • Elements of Probability

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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