Mathematics BSc

  • UCAS code G100
  • Duration Up to 4 years
  • Delivery type Full Time
  • Study location Edinburgh


The Course

Mathematics is a fundamental way of thinking about the world and this programme equips budding mathematicians with the technical skills necessary to carve out a successful career. The programme covers basic knowledge and recent developments in research and develops advanced mathematical and statistical skills together with an understanding of their application to the formulation and solution of real-world problems. In essence, the programme combines specialist mathematical knowledge with crucial transferable skills.

Career Prospects

Prospects are excellent in industry, commerce, finance, the civil service, scientific research establishments and at all levels of teaching. As a mathematics graduate you have not only specific maths skills, but more general training in the skills that employers particularly look for in creative problem solving, communication and logical analysis.

Teaching excellence and student satisfaction

95% of our 2015 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their course.

Programme content

Level 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 course in each semester.

Level 2

The Level 2 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.

Level 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.

Level 4

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

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

Your career

Graduate profiles

Katy Millington

  • Degree BSc Honours degree in Mathematics with 2:1
  • Present job Solutions Centre Analyst, Blackrock
Katy Millington

Why did you choose Heriot-Watt University?
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.

Entry requirements

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

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£13,500

* 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.

Scholarships & bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree programmes in 2016

In addition to government maintenance 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.