BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Mathematics

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   Yes

Mathematics is a fundamental subject that is constantly developing. Yes – it is a discipline in its own right, but it is also the thinking behind countless commercial, industrial and technological activities. Mathematical models underpin engineering, the applied sciences, computing and many aspects of management today.

The BSc Mathematics programme is broad-based, which means the focus is not on a single area of applications such as finance, management or computer studies. Instead, it aims to develop skills that you can use in a wide range of areas.

You will study many aspects of pure and applied mathematics, together with general concepts of mathematical modelling. When it comes to the application of mathematics, we cover finance, statistics, operational research (how maths can be applied to commercial and industrial problems), numerical analysis (the approximate solution of very hard problems) and mechanics.

In the final year you will be able to study in-depth those areas of mathematics that particularly appeal to you. For example, you can choose to concentrate on statistics or financial applications or you can maintain a broad approach to the subject as a whole

Programme description

Mathematics is a fundamental subject that is constantly developing. Yes – it is a discipline in its own right, but it is also the thinking behind countless commercial, industrial and technological activities. Mathematical models underpin engineering, the applied sciences, computing and many aspects of management today.

The BSc Mathematics programme is broad-based, which means the focus is not on a single area of applications such as finance, management or computer studies. Instead, it aims to develop skills that you can use in a wide range of areas.

You will study many aspects of pure and applied mathematics, together with general concepts of mathematical modelling. When it comes to the application of mathematics, we cover finance, statistics, operational research (how maths can be applied to commercial and industrial problems), numerical analysis (the approximate solution of very hard problems) and mechanics.

In the final year you will be able to study in-depth those areas of mathematics that particularly appeal to you. For example, you can choose to concentrate on statistics or financial applications or you can maintain a broad approach to the subject as a whole

Key Modules

Our combination of work experience and up-to-date teaching means that you will be well-equipped to follow the career you want after graduation.

These are some of the areas where a maths degree is valued highly: 

  • Finance: banking, accountancy, actuarial, tax, underwriter, pensions, insurance

  • Medicine: medical statistics, medical and epidemiological research, pharmaceutical research

  • Design: engineering design, computer games

  • Science: biotechnology, meteorology, oceanography, pure and applied research and development

  • Civil Service: scientists (‘Fast Stream’, DSTL, DESG), GCHQ, security service, statisticians

  • Business: logistics, financial analysis, marketing, market research, sales oil industry, management consultancy, operational research

  • IT: Systems analysis, research

  • Engineering: aerospace, building design, transport planning, telecommunications, surveying.

Module & Subject

Typical Modules

Level 1

  • Transition to Independent Learning of Mathematics
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Statistics I
  • Geometry and Applications
  • Computing Projects and Mechanics
  • Algorithms and Numerical Methods.

Level 2

  • Algebra
  • Linear Methods
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Advanced Calculus and Numerical Methods
  • Vector Calculus and Applications
  • Probability and Statistics II
  • Elements of Combinatorics
  • Operational Research
  • Analysis 1
  • Analysis 2
  • Employability Skills.

Level 3 compulsory

  • Major Project (see below for more).

Level 3 options

  • Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
  • Complex Variable Methods and Applications
  • Encryption and Data Compression
  • Numerical Methods for Differential Equations
  • Statistics III
  • Stochastic Models
  • Risk and Optimisation for Financial Planning.

Level 3 Major Project

This is a very valuable feature of the Mathematics BSc course – a substantial piece of individual, course-related work, personally supervised by a staff member. Project work accounts for about one third of your Level 3 study load, and will often be connected to staff research areas – it may also be in response to industry demands.

Students usually select from a list of projects offered by staff members. During 2014-15, over 150 project titles were available. These covered a wide range of mathematical areas and applications including, for example:

  • The very famous ‘travelling salesman problem’ (also known as ‘the lazy waiter’!);
  • Simulations of iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma and game theory
  • The mathematics of complex networks such as the web or Facebook
  • Applications of statistics to the Premier League, police complaints data and climate change.

Modern theories in quantitative finance – in particular, the highly influential financial derivatives (e.g. options) industry. (The ‘Black-Scholes theory’ is most famous for winning a Nobel Prize, and its misapplication is often blamed, rightly or wrongly, for the recent worldwide financial crisis.)

Students can work to their strengths and emphasise real applications or abstract theory, using theoretical and/or computational tools. Furthermore, students who have completed a work placement may choose to focus on a project associated with their work experience.

Entry Requirements

GPA 5.0 or 80%

  • 75% is required in any specific subjects that are stated in GCE A-level entry requirements above.
  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  16200.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER