Mathematics with French BSc

  • UCAS code G1R1
  • Duration Up to 4 years
  • Delivery type Full Time
  • Study location Edinburgh


The Course

This programme provides graduates with advanced mathematical skills and fluency in their chosen language, offering a valuable combination of technical expertise and linguistic excellence. Mathematical and language skills will be enhanced by studying mathematics for a year at one of the foreign partner universities. Languages on offer are French, German and Spanish. Graduates in mathematics and languages are consistently near the top of graduate employment tables, and the coupling of disciplines in this degree programme ensures a highly marketable qualification.

Career Prospects

Prospects are excellent in industry, commerce, finance, the civil service and all levels of teaching. Graduates will posses specific maths skills and general skills that employers seek in creative problem solving, communication and logical analysis. Graduates who have studied abroad are in demand frommultinational companies.

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

Eases the transition from school to university. You will take courses in calculus and algebra which continue from school study, statistics, problem solving and the use of computer packages. In your chosen language you will take courses in translation, aural comprehension and writing and spoken courses.

Level 2

You will continue your study of calculus and algebra taking courses in multivariable calculus and real analysis and linear algebra. You will start the study of pure and applied mathematics and numerical analysis. In language courses you will continue with translation, spoken and written classes in preparation for studying abroad in third year.

Level 3

Is spent studying mathematics at a European university as part of an organised student study programme. At the time of publication, students studying:

  • Maths with French are based in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Maths with German are based in Dresden, Germany
  • Maths with Spanish are based in Granada, Spain

Level 4

On returning for the final year, you will  take a selection of advanced courses in mathematics.

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

Level 1 entry

  • Highers ABBBB including Mathematics and Language at B
  • A-Levels BBB including Mathematics and Language
  • Irish Leaving Cert (Higher) A2, A2, B2, B2, B2 including Mathematics and Language at A2
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points with Mathematics and Language at Higher Level 5
  • 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

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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:

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