All students are based in the Bayes Centre during their first year. Students take around 180 credits of study, divided as follows:
• A 15 credit module on Computational Methods for Data-Driven Modelling
• A 15 credit module on Mathematical Modelling and Applied Analysis
• 60-70 units of additional approved coursework (typically at Master's level) from the Scottish Mathematical Sciences Training Centre, or the two universities, to be agreed with the Cohort Director
• A 15 credit Group Project
• A 15 credit Group Project on an industry or government-relevant theme
• A 60 credit Extended Invidual Project
In addition, during the first year, students engage in a Modelling Camp, an Industrial Sandpit, training in and Presentation Skills. Near the end of their first year, all students participate in the 3-day Residential Camp, held at The Burn, a large country house in the Scottish Highlands where they gain practice in presentation, hear science lectures and talks on responsible research and innovation, and learn about state of the art industrial challenges.
In the second year, students are based in the same building as their supervisor, at one of the campuses of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities. The work is focussed on the student's agreed research project, which is typically supervised by a team including staff from both Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities. Students are expected to take around 20 credits of academic coursework in each year. They are also required to participate in MAC-MIGS Skills and Citizenship courses which provide training in responsible research and innovation, equality, diversity and inclusion, project and time management, and other important topics. They also obtain specific instruction in Entrepreneurship.
Students return frequently to the Bayes Centre throughout their studies, for cohort activites, for seminars, for research group meetings and study groups, and to attend workshops at ICMS.