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MSc in Applied Mathematical Sciences
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Heriot-Watt University


Address Heriot-Watt University,
Edinburgh Campus,
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
Tel. No. +44 (0)131 451 3221
E-mail address
Postgraduate course MSc in Applied Mathematical Sciences
Type of courses Full-Time, Part-Time and a flexible learning MSc in Information Technology (IS)
Length of course 1 or 2 years
Date of commencement October
Accommodation All overseas students are guaranteed a place in a hall of residence on campus during their course of postgraduate study
Fees Enquire with the School for up to date fees
Student grants/Financial Assistance Scholarships are available to support study
Admission requirements A good honours degree in mathematics, statistics or another numerate discipline is required

TOEFL (NEW computerised version) 213
Student Profile 1.Countries of origin - Heriot-Watt has a strong tradition of attracting students from overseas and extensive experience of advising and supporting them. Our students come from all over the world…China,, Malaysia, Japan, Greece, Spain, Norway, India, France
2. Ratio Men: Women - Our postgraduate programmes attract both male and female students – we see students as people not numbers.
3. Age Range - The ages of our postgraduate students vary – from 21 upwards.
4. Average Age - Average age for postgraduate study is 26.
5. Average Work Experience - Our postgraduate students often come with work experience – they finish their undergraduate degree, work for several years and then find their promotion chances are enhanced by studying one of our programmes.


About the Programme

We offer taught modules blending theory and applications. We have core modules and options in applied mathematics, statistics and scientific computing, and optional interdisciplinary modules in financial mathematics, engineering mathematics, management and computing/IT.

The Department of Computer Science

The department of Mathematics was rated 5 in Applied Mathematics in RAE 2001 and is part of the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the joint research institute of mathematical sciences at Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities.

We offer taught post graduate courses to MSc level through the new Applied Mathematical Sciences MSc and the Advanced Mathematics and Statistics for Engineers Masters Training Package Supervision, leading to the degree of Ph.D. or M.Phil. by research, is available in the all the areas listed below.

• Algebra
• Bifurcation theory
• Combinatorics
• Computer-aided learning in mathematics
• Continuum mechanics
• Dynamical systems
• Elasticity
• Functional analysis
• Group theory
• Mathematical biology
• Mathematical physics
• Mathematics applied to medicine
• Nonlinear differential equations
• Numerical analysis
• Partial differential equations
• Spectral theory of partial differential equations
• Statistical mechanics and probability theory
• String theory
• Topology

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt is a vibrant, forward looking University offering a high quality learning experience and a welcoming and friendly environment. With an international reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading edge but practical research, it is one of the leading UK universities for business and industry. Often referred to as Scotland's international university, Heriot-Watt has four student campuses: three in Scotland - Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and Orkney - and a campus in Dubai.

Heriot-Watt University is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK. The name commemorates George Heriot - the 16th century financier to King James, and James Watt - the great 18th century inventor and engineer. The University originated as the School of Arts of Edinburgh in 1821, and in 1966, Heriot-Watt became a University by Royal Charter.

At Heriot-Watt, the community of postgraduate students undertaking taught and research courses is 1,500 strong and has representation from around 100 countries.

Around two thirds of the on-campus students are from countries outside of the UK. With this in mind there is huge opportunity for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary interaction. This opportunity has been recognised by the University through the creation of a new multi-million pound, purpose built Post Graduate Centre.

Research pooling amongst the Scottish Universities is leading to multi-site lectures, tutorials and research-group meetings, enabled by virtual conferencing. Expanding collaborations with industry and the commercial sector, always a strong feature at Heriot-Watt mean that more than ever there is a need for a central forum for meetings, real or virtual, where fertilisation of ideas crossing the disciplines can take place.

Establishment of the Postgraduate Centre was approved by the University Planning & Management Executive in May 2005 with the first taught-course students to experience the benefits of our investment will be those entering in Autumn 2008.


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