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Below you will find details on the courses for each of the MSc programmes.

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Where a course is RECOMMENDED you have been pre-registered for this. You can easily change this by a change of course form from the school office.


Courses for Semester 1

Course Code Course Title MSc/Diploma
(F147/F145)
with Eco and Bio
(F157/F155)
with Climate
(F1J7/F1J5)
Comp Maths
(F1CM/F1CD)
F11MT Modelling and Tools MANDATORY MANDATORY MANDATORY MANDATORY
F11AP Approximation of Continuous Systems MANDATORY Option Option MANDATORY
F11AM Mathematical Ecology Option MANDATORY MANDATORY Option
F11MM Optimisation Option Option Option Option
F11FM

Functional Analysis

Option Option Option Option
F11NC Numerical Analysis of ODEs Option Option Option Option
F11AE Applied Mathematics E (Fluids) Option Option Option Option
F11PE Pure Mathematics E (Coding) Option Option Option Option
F71SM Statistical Methods Option Option Option Option
F21SF Software Engineering Foundations Option Option Option Option
C10EN Entrepreneurship Option Option Option Option
A11CC Climate Change: Causes and Impacts Option Option MANDATORY Option


Courses for Semester 2

Course Code Course Title MSc/Diploma
(F147/F145)
with Eco and Bio
(F157/F155)
with Climate
(F1J7/F1J5)
Comp Maths
(F1CM/F1CD)
F11AS Dynamical Systems MANDATORY RECOMMENDED RECOMMENDED
F11NS Computational Dynamical Systems OR F11AS OR F11AS OR F11AS MANDATORY
F11AL Applied Linear Algebra MANDATORY RECOMMENDED RECOMMENDED MANDATORY
F11AN Mathematical Biology and Medicine Option MANDATORY RECOMMENDED Option
F11MP Partial Differential Equations Option Option Option Option
F11ND Numerical Analysis (PDEs) Option Option Option MANDATORY
F11AF Applied Maths D: Micro to Macro Option Option Option Option
F11PG Geometry Option Option Option Option
F21BC Biologically Inspired Computation Option Option Option Option
F21AS Advanced Software Engineering Option Option Option Option
F71PT Modern Portfolio Theory Option Option Option Option
F71SN F71TS Further Stat. Methods. Time Series Analysis Option Option Option Option
F11BI Bayesian Inference & Computational Methods Option Option Option Option
A11AM Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures Option Option MANDATORY Option

Summer
F11GM Masters Project and Dissertation (MSc only)


Assessment at Heriot-Watt is based on the CAPS (Common Assessment and Progression System). In CAPS your exam result for each course will be presented in the form of a letter grade (A - F) where

Grade A B C D
Approx. Mark 70%-100% 60%-69% 50%-59% 40%-49%

The final mark for each course will consist of continuous assessment or hand-in work (from 0% to 100% of the total) with a formal exam making up any remainder.

MSc resits are normally held the next time the exam is held. That will usually be one year later. Resitting should be considered as a last resort. Students will not normally be allowed to carry out the project part of the MSc if they have not satisfied the requirements on the taught courses

Pass and Distinction in the MSc

Normally, to pass the MSc you need:

  • 50% average mark on your 8 taught courses most courses at grade C or better
  • none less than grade D
  • dissertation at grade C or better

    Normally, to gain a distinction in the MSc course you need:

  • 70% average mark on your 8 taught courses most courses at grade A
  • none less than grade C
  • dissertation at grade A

    Pass and Distinction in the Diploma

    Normally, to pass the Diploma course you need:

  • 40% average mark on your 8 taught courses
  • most courses at grade D or better
  • none less than grade E

    Normally, to gain a distinction in the Diploma course you need:

  • 70% average mark on your 8 taught courses
  • most courses at grade A
  • none less than grade C
  • Passing the Postgraduate Certificate

    To pass the Certificate course you need:

  • 40% average mark on 5 taught courses
  • must include at least 2 of the compulsory courses
  • most courses at grade D or better
  • none less than grade E


    For more details of any aspect of the MSc/Diploma Programme, please contact us.