Applied Mathematical Sciences MSc/Diploma

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

MACS postgraduate scholarships

3 scholarships of £3,000 will be awarded to outstanding overseas applicants to any of our Mathematics MSc programmes. 1 scholarship of £1,000 will be awarded to an outstanding Home/EU applicant to any of our Mathematics MSc programmes. Find out more.


Our MSc in Applied Mathematical Sciences is a flexible programme designed to equip students with the modern, transferrable mathematical and statistical skills to prepare them for careers in industry and research.  

Students will gain a solid, theoretical and practical foundation through a diverse range of taught courses and applications oriented projects.

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?

More detailed information is available here


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Entry requirements

Entry is aimed at graduates with strong mathematical knowledge and skills.  A good honours degree in mathematics, statistics or a related subject with a substantial mathematical content is desired.  Motivation and a willingness to work hard are also important pre-requisites.  

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 2016 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / Non-UK EU£5100
England/Northern Ireland/Wales£5100

* 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

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships and postgraduate research scholarships.