Taught course

Graduate Certificate in the Mathematical Sciences

Heriot-Watt University · School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requires a good first degree, of at least UK 2.1 standard or equivalent, containing some maths and/or statistics content.

Applicants who apply for an MSc programme but don't meet the entry requirements (in terms of relevant maths/statistics content) will automatically be considered for the Graduate Certificate as an alternative, where appropriate.
The programme is not suitable for graduates who have not studied any maths and/or statistics at degree level.
Please contact the School if you wish to discuss your suitability for the programme in more detail.
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:
  • 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)

Months of entry


Course content

The Graduate Certificate is designed for applicants who wish to study one of our MSc programmes but who have not studied a sufficient level of mathematics or statistics at University to meet the entry requirements.

Following this programme will allow you to gain the required knowledge and skills of mathematics and statistics to prepare you for undertaking one of the following MSc programmes.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office