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What you will study
This programme allows you to take courses in business,management and economics alongside yourmathematics courses.
You will take the compulsory courses Linear Algebra, Calculus and Proofs & Problem-Solving. These are common to all our programmes and will take up half of your timetable. In them you will build on your knowledge of pure mathematics in a formal way and be introduced to the ways of mathematical thinking required at university level. You will also take the whole year course Foundations of Business in preparation for further courses from the Business School.
You will be able to get support from MathsBase, our popular walk-in help centre and from our Student Learning Adviser.
You will spend half of your time on mathematics and half on business courses.
You will take compulsory courses in pure mathematics, extending your knowledge of calculus, probability and analysis, and will be introduced to the abstract ideas of group theory. Other topics include statistics and applied mathematics.
From this year onwards you can use the Maths Hub, our student-run facility that is both a social centre and work space.
You will focus on the main subjects of your programme. You will receive an excellent grounding in advanced mathematics, preparing you for the options available later in your programme.
You will take courses such as Management Science and Operations Analytics and Strategic Management from the Business School.
You will have a wide range of mathematics courses to choose from and you can follow a programme that suits your particular interests and career aspirations.
We offer a large selection of courses in pure and applied mathematics, statistics and operational research. You can take options in areas such as mathematical education, financial mathematics and mathematical biology. Current course titles include Fundamentals of Optimization, Algebraic Geometry and Multivariate Data Analysis.
You will complete a substantial project in either mathematics or business.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Our graduates have a range of careers open to them. The logical, analytical and practical problem-solving skills you will develop are sought by employers.
Many recent graduates have been employed by large firms in the financial sector. Others have gone into fields including software engineering, logistics, education and civil service.
English language requirements
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
SQA and GCSE
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
Fees, costs and funding
You should expect to purchase necessary textbooks for some compulsory and optional components of your programme.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.
The typical offer is likely to be:
Minimum entry requirements
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Erin Bembe, full time MBA
After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).
The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.
The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.
Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.
Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management
Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.
I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.
The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.
Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.
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