MMath Mathematics

The course

UCAS code
G101
Duration
5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

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Overview

The MMath Mathematics programme provides students with a rigorous education in mathematical theory and practice, developing their expertise across pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and computational mathematics.

The programme has a strong focus on real-world applications of mathematics. Students learn how mathematics is applied in diverse industries such as finance, data science, engineering, and the sciences. Through industry partnerships and guest lectures, students gain exposure to the use of mathematics in various professional contexts.

A graduate from the Master of Mathematics (MMath) degree will be able to communicate 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.

Global College pathway for this degree

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, have a look at Heriot-Watt Global College, where you can follow an accelerated pathway which will get you onto the second year of this degree.

Course content

Year 1

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.

Year 2

The Level 1 work is consolidated and extended in both pure and applied mathematics. A choice between optional courses in computer science and probability and statistics is available.

Year 3

A combination of core and optional courses develops mathematical skills and knowledge and introduces the ideas used at the forefront of modern mathematics. Subjects include: analysis, abstract algebra, discrete mathematics, numerical analysis, and ordinary differential equations. A project preparation and skills course offers useful transferable skills.

Year 4

Further exploration and specialisation is possible with options related to our research expertise including functional analysis, optimisation, differential geometry, mathematical biology and a selection of courses both in pure and applied mathematics. An extended project also builds on the Level 3 project preparation course.

Year 5

This year will provide detailed knowledge and understanding at an advanced level, and develop a critical awareness of current problems in some areas of mathematics. Courses on the research specialities of the department such as mathematical biology and ecology will be available. There will be a further in-depth, dissertation-based project.

More in-depth information on the content of the courses listed above, how they are assessed and the learning outcomes can be accessed via our current student portal.

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Employability

Work and study

This is what our MMath Mathematics students are doing 15 months after graduating:

  • 70% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 15% are working and studying.

Salary

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

Potential career paths

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

Entry requirements

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers ABB (including Mathematics at A plus excellent Highers)
  • A-Levels ABB (including Mathematics at A)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Mathematics at Higher Level 6)
  • BTEC DDD (including sufficient Mathematics)
  • Global College Successful completion of our Science with Accelerator Programme

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2024 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,704

* 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. Find out more about tuition fees.

** '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). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

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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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