Applied Mathematical Sciences MSc/Diploma

  • Delivery: Full Time, Part Time
  • Programme type: Taught Programme
  • Study location: Edinburgh
  • Entry date: September


Applied Mathematical Sciences offers a clear and relevant gateway into a successful career in business, education or scientific research. The programme arms students with the essential knowledge required by all professional mathematicians working across many disciplines. You will learn to communicate ideas effectively to peers and others, as well as the importance of research, planning and self-motivation.

*Accept your offer before 31st March 2015 and receive our Early Bird Scholarship (10%
tuition fee reduction) No need to apply - the scholarship will be awarded automatically provided you enrol in September 2015.  Usual t&c's apply*

Programme duration




One year


9 months

Also available part-time over 2 to 3 years.

Programme content

Students will take a total of 8 courses, 4 in each of the 1st and 2nd Semesters followed by a 3-month Project in the summer.  A typical distribution for this programme is as follows: 

Core courses:

  • Modelling and Tools;
  • Optimization;
  • Dynamical Systems;
  • Applied Mathematics (recommended);
  • Applied Linear Algebra (recommended). 

Optional Courses: 

  • Mathematical Ecology;
  • Functional Analysis;
  • Numerical Analysis of ODEs;
  • Pure Mathematics;
  • Statistical Methods;
  • Stochastic Simulation;
  • Software Engineering Foundations;
  • Mathematical Biology and Medicine;
  • Partial Differential Equations;
  • Numerical Analysis;
  • Geometry. 

Typical project subjects:

  • Pattern Formation of Whole Ecosystems;
  • Climate Change Impact;
  • Modelling Invasive Tumour Growth;
  • Simulation of Granular Flow and Growing Sandpiles;
  • Finite Element Discretisation of ODEs and PDEs;
  • Domain Decomposition;
  • Mathematical Modelling of Crime;
  • The Geometry of Point Particles;
  • Can we Trust Eigenvalues on a Computer?

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Your career

Entry requirements

Preferably, but not exclusively a First or Second Class Honours degree in a suitable numerate science or engineering subject.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2015 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / Non-UK EU£4980£2690
England/Northern Ireland/Wales£5880£3180

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

Scholarships & bursaries