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School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Heriot-Watt University


Address HSchool of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland
Tel. No. +44 (0)131 451 8176
Fax. No. +44 (0)131 451 3327
E-mail address
Courses MSc/Diploma
  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematical Sciences
  • Applied Mathematical Sciences with Biological and Ecological Modelling
  • Applied Mathematical Sciences with Climate Change Impacts Modelling
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Systems Management
  • Creative Software Systems
  • Distributed and Multimedia Information Systems
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Information Technology (Business)
  • Information Technology (e-Learning)
  • Information Technology (Software Systems)
  • Intelligent Web Technology
  • Mobile and Handheld Applications
  • Quantitative Risk Management
  • Software Engineering

  • Graduate/Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in the Mathematical Sciences
  • Type of courses Full Time/Part Time
    Length of course Diploma and Graduate Certificate - 9 Months
    MSc - 1 Year
    Part Time - 2 Years
    Date of commencement September
    Class size 20 or less
    Accommodation Student accommodation is guaranteed for new overseas students
    Fees Enquire with the School for up to date fees
    Student grants/Financial Assistance Funding from SAAS available for some courses for Home/EU students
    Admission requirements Good First Degree + IELTS 6.5 of above
    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 and France are included in the countries we regularly recruit from.
    2. Ratio Men: Women
    Our postgraduate programmes attract both male and female students – we see students as people not numbers.
    3. Age Range
    All ages – generally 21 and upwards
    4. Average Age
    26 years old
    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.
    Top recruiters of our graduates AEGON, Agilent Technologies, Barclays, Citibank, GEC Marconi Avionics, HBOS, Logica, RBS group, Sky


    About the Department

    MACS is a flagship School of Heriot-Watt University, leading in research and research-led teaching. Its departments cover three areas - mathematics, actuarial mathematics and statistics, and computer science. For our students, MACS offers strong research and postgraduate courses and a wide range of high quality undergraduate courses. It has top research and excellent teaching ratings and is a lively international centre for leading-edge developments and exciting new courses. Our departments are rated well above average in the National Student Survey". Professor Philippe De Wilde, Head of School.

    The departments of Mathematics and Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics are part of the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, a joint research institute in the Edinburgh Research Partnership collaboration between Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Universities. The Department of Computer Science has expanded in recent years, and is involved in many state-of-the-art initiatives and research projects.

    The School is situated in Heriot-Watt's main campus in Scotland's capital city - if you've visited Edinburgh, you'll know that it really is a great place to live with its unmatched selection of cultural activities. There are around 140 staff and 1,000 students in MACS. About 200 students are working towards a Masters Degree, and another 70 are preparing for a PhD.

    About 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 Postgraduate Centre. Construction work commenced on the site, at the heart of the Edinburgh Campus, in the summer of 2007 and is due to be completed in the summer of 2008.

    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. The Postgraduate Centre will house lecture theatre, seminar, study and social spaces for postgraduate taught and research students. Advanced video-conferencing facilities will enable research and teaching interactions between those on-campus with collaborators and off-campus students at many of our partner institutions worldwide.

    This ambitious Postgraduate Centre demonstrates the commitment of Heriot-Watt to supporting its postgraduate programmes and the University’s determination to provide a stimulating environment for all postgraduate students.


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