Mathematics and physics are inextricably linked. The comprehensive grounding in mathematics offered by this course underpins an exploration of key physics topics, including quantum theory, nuclear physics and solid state physics. While a clear understanding of the subject will be a given, employers will also be looking for the other qualities imparted through this course, in particular numerical, analytical and problem solving skills.
Teaching excellence and student satisfaction
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.
Level 1 has been designed to ease the transition from school to university. You will take courses in calculus and algebra which continue the study of these subjects from school, while also taking physics courses on mechanics and waves and fields and forces.
Work in mathematics consolidates and extends the first year content, with applied mathematics and numerical analysis being introduced, alongside physics courses in photonics, quantum mechanics and relativity.
Mathematics courses in pure and applied topics are offered along with physics courses in advanced quantum theory, electromagnetism and optics.
Further exploration and specialisation in advanced mathematics is possible with options related to our research expertise, together with a selection of topics in advanced physics.
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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Work and study
This is what our BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Physics students are doing 15 months after graduating:
- 69% are working
- 9% are studying
- 14% are working and studying.
In highly skilled work
- 82% of those are in highly skilled work 15 months after graduating.
- The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £22000
- The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £26000
These are the most common jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
Standard entry requirements
- Highers ABBBB (including Mathematics at A and Physics)
- A-Levels BBB (including Mathematics and Physics)
- Int. Baccalaureate 28 points (with Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 5)
- BTEC DDM (including sufficient Mathematics and Physics)
Minimum entry requirements*
- Highers BBBC (including Mathematics and Physics at B)
- A-Levels BCC (including Mathematics at B and Physics at C)
* 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
- Advanced Highers ABB (including Mathematics at A and Physics plus excellent Highers)
- A-Levels ABB (including Mathematics at A and Physics)
- Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 6)
- BTEC DDD (including sufficient Mathematics and Physics )
|Status*||Scotland||England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland**||International***|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£15,384|
* 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.
** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) and Republic of Ireland students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).
*** '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.
4 years for the price of 3
If you live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.
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
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2021
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 students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.