I chose Heriot-Watt firstly as I knew the Maths department is well known and has a great reputation. I wanted to come to university in Edinburgh but I knew that the transition from leaving home and moving to a city was going to be very big and so the opportunity to come to a campus University situated just outside the city centre really appealed to me.
How do you feel your programme has prepared you for your career? I think that doing a maths degree has provided me with important skills to apply to many jobs as studying maths is about accuracy, determination and a desire to succeed. These are things that are valuable to any employer and I was able to show that I have these skills at interviews.
Who would you recommend a Mathematics programme to? The most important thing is enjoying what you are doing so if maths is something you enjoy then it is a great programme to study! I would recommend maths to anyone who enjoys a challenge.
What were your favourite aspects of student life at Heriot-Watt University? Heriot-Watt is such a unique university in that it's small enough to get to know most of the students by face at least and there is a great sense of community which everyone is very proud to belong to. The informal relationships between the students and lecturers means that you feel like you can always ask for help if needed, something which is really important when you first move away from home.
How long did it take you to find a job? I used the university careers service as much as possible throughout my time at Heriot-Watt and I was advised to begin applications in September of my fourth year. I put a lot into finding a job as it was something I felt ready for. It was hard work and I secured a position a couple of months before graduation.
Tell us a bit about your role? My role is Solutions Centre Analyst for Blackrock. Blackrock is an international investment management company who develop software that analyses risk on investments which they are now outsourcing to financial institutions all over the world. My job involves learning the investment management procedure inside out and then providing support internally and externally to companies who are using this software.
The University offers as its normal entry routes:
entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)
entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).
There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.
Level 1 entry
Highers ABBBB including Mathematics at B
A-Levels BBB including Mathematics
Irish Leaving Cert (Higher) A2, B2, B2, B2, B2 including Mathematics at B2
Int. Baccalaureate 28 points with Mathematics at Higher Level 5
Level 2 entry
A-Levels ABB including Mathematics at A
Advanced Highers BBB including Mathematics plus excellent Highers or Scottish Baccalaureate
Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with Mathematics at Higher Level 6
Additional information To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours programmes, please read our leaflet to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.
Alternative Qualifications Applications from students studying a relevant HNC/HND or recognised Access Programme who possess a suitable grounding or appropriate qualification in Mathematics would be welcomed.
Tuition fees for 2015 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / EU**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales
Paid by SAAS
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.