Mathematics MMath

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Practice option.

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

Mathematical models underpin engineering, the applied sciences, computing and many aspects of management today – offering exciting job opportunities for skilled graduates.

The MMath programme offers a highly integrated, logical progression from BSc to Master’s level. Study for a further year (at Level 4) and bring your BSc degree to Master’s standard.

On this course 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.

At Levels 3 and 4, due to the large range of optional modules available, 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.

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught Master's degrees.

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Aims

This course aims will equip you with a deep understanding and versatility in applying mathematical knowledge to scientific, technological, business and other areas – preparing you for the many jobs that need these skills.

We aim to help you develop an outlook and high level study skills that will be hugely valuable whatever career path you follow after graduation – and encourage the joy of studying maths that may have attracted you to apply for a degree in the first place.

The core maths programme is a broad-based course 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.

Our maths department has developed outstanding links with business and you can take an optional placement year with a leading UK company. Brunel maths students also enjoy an excellent record of employment after graduating. Read more in 'Special Features'.

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Enquiries

Dr D Roman
Admissions Tutor

Department of Mathematics
Brunel University
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 3PH
UK

Tel +44 (0)1895 265180
Fax +44 (0)1895 269732
Email maths.admissions@brunel.ac.uk

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Course Content

Typical modules

Level 1

  • Transition to Independent Learning of Mathematics (see below for more)
  • 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)
  • Complex Variable Methods and Applications.

Level 3 options

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

Level 5 compulsory

  • Advanced Project
  • Advanced Mathematical Methods
  • Numerical and Variational Methods for Partial Differential Equations.

Level 5 options

  • Computational Methods
  • Risk Simulation and Decision Analysis
  • Topics in Combinatorics
  • Spectral Theory
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • High Performance Computing
  • Dynamical Systems and ODEs
  • Dynamical Systems and Chaos
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Linear and Nonlinear Filtering in Financial Time Series Models
  • Classification Models
  • Asset Allocations Strategies.

Level 3 Major Project

This is a very valuable feature of this MMath programme – 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.

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

Mathematics is one of the largest disciplines at Brunel and has links with many other subject areas. We offer:

  • Academic staff with an international reputation
    Learn from the best. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), nearly 60% of our research in the department was rated ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’. Within London the Department of Mathematics was ranked in the top three.

  • Excellent career prospects
    Past graduates have gone on to work for Accenture, Rank Xerox, IBM, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bank of New York, Nortel, British Aerospace, Merrill Lynch, Abbey, Lloyds, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Touche, Coca Cola, Ernst and Young, Virgin Trains, Accenture, HSBC, BT, Deutsche Bank and the BBC.

  • Optional placement year with top UK companies
    You do not have to decide which study mode (with or without placement) until after you have joined us. You can transfer both to and from the sandwich programme during the first year – sometimes even later. Our placement team has developed strong connections with industry. Our students have taken placements within top UK companies such as BUPA, Debenhams, HSBC, IBM, Thomson Reuters, Unilever, Virgin Trains and Walt Disney.
  • Create a programme to suit your interests
Wide topic choice means you can shape your degree programme to match your own personal interests and strengths. Switching courses later is easy – if you are not sure precisely which programme to follow now, don't worry – you will have the chance to change after the course starts. So the decision you make now is NOT final. Once you are at the university, you can explore what works best for you.
  • Funding for your learning
    Apply for scholarships worth £1,000 per year (excluding placement year).

  • Help to bridge the school-university gap
    University is a step up from school. For this reason, in Level 1 we teach the compulsory material in small group classes of about 20 students for the first few weeks of Term 1. Students and lecturers get to know each other quickly, and the extra attention means that any problems can be picked up quickly.
    • Students that look like they are falling behind are invited to attend extra help sessions throughout the year. In addition, new students are allocated a student mentor from among our Level 2 and 3 student volunteers to give advice and answer questions from a student’s perspective.
    • Students are given the opportunity to reinforce essential mathematical skills from A-level mathematics such as algebraic manipulation and trigonometry – we realise that many students forget some of this material over the summer, so we provide classes to support the re-learning of it.
  • Employability skills workshops
    In addition to a number of university-wide careers and work placement events run by the Brunel Professional Development Centre, the Mathematics department runs three very popular employability skills workshops for all students. Topics include CV writing, job applications and cover letters, testing centres (e.g. psychometric tests), and talks from former students and local employers about how to succeed in the job market. These workshops are spread through levels 1, 2 and 3, and are integrated within the academic programme to encourage full engagement from all students.

  • Group projects applying mathematics to the real world
    All Level 1 students work through three projects during the year on topics that illustrate some diverse applications of mathematics to the real world. These are undertaken in small groups of 4-6 students, guided closely by their personal tutor (an academic staff member).
    • As well as mathematical knowledge, students develop skills using mathematical software and MS Word, writing skills, and group work skills – all highly valued by employers.
    • During 2014-15, projects included modelling interest rates and personal finances when there are student loans, mortgages, other loans and income to consider; creating beautiful fractals and understanding the underlying theory; and the Google PageRank algorithm which searches for web pages and almost always returns the pages you want at the top of the list!
  • Excellent links with business
    Our staff are involved in research programmes that are informed by modern problems in science, technology and business – often working in collaboration with companies. This means:
    • Your degree is designed to meet the needs of industry and the marketplace
    • The latest commercial world developments are included in your course
    • You've a greater choice of high quality, professional placements.
  • A vibrant, friendly, safe campus in a great location near London
    All the advantages of affordable living costs, an international community, world-class sports and social facilities and a thriving arts and social scene.

Accreditation

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught Master's degrees.

Facts and Figures

  • A Brunel degree is a recognised symbol of quality. Brunel has roots in education dating back to 1798 as well as a very strong technological heritage

Teaching and Learning

Up-to-date techniques
Mathematical sciences is an active and dynamic research centre. Our academics' work is frequently supported by external grants and contracts with leading industry and government establishments.

As a result lecturers are often working at the frontiers of their subject and in active contact with modern users of mathematics. This in turn helps to ensure that our undergraduate degrees are truly up-to-date.

Broad spectrum of thinking
We offer a wide range of expertise in a variety of subjects. Many of our lecturers are widely published and highly recognised in their fields.

How will I be taught?

We use a range of approaches to help you engage effectively with the subject both through your tutors and working with fellow students:

  • Lectures
    These offer a broad overview of key concepts and ideas – a useful framework from which you can pursue more in-depth study.

  • Tutorials
    Smaller tutorial groups enable you to work on mathematics-related problems with guidance from a staff member.

  • Computer workshops
    These replace some tutorials in certain modules including numerical analysis, statistics and operations research.

  • One-to-one
    In Level 3 you will normally have one-to-one supervision for your major project. We will also allocate you a personal tutor each year who’s available to discuss personal or academic problems. If you go on placement, your personal tutor will help you set objectives and monitor your progress – and provide further support if you need it.

  • Self-study
    You may elect in Level 4 to undertake advanced project work.

Assessment

The ‘exams to coursework’ ratio is around 50:50 in Level 1, increasing to around 70:30 in Level 3.

We base your final degree class on your performance at Levels 2, 3 and 4. Levels 3 and 4 each carry 40% of the weight for your degree classification. Level 2 carries the remaining 20%.

Employability

As a Brunel Maths graduate you will enjoy excellent employment prospects. 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.

Maybe you want to pursue a career that specifically uses your mathematical or statistical skills or would prefer a more general career, such as management or consultancy. Either way you will possess key skills that are highly sought after by business – in fact any industry that uses modelling, simulation, cryptography, forecasting, statistics, risk analysis and probability.

Follow the five-year ‘Professional Placement’ degree programme and you will benefit from our extensive experience in helping students to find well-paid work placements with blue-chip companies. Our sandwich students find that their mathematical and transferable skills are in demand in many sectors, both in the UK and abroad.

Areas recently offering placements include: accountancy, aviation, banking, defence, finance, insurance, IT (software development, network management and design), management (public and private sector), marketing and telecommunications.

Careers

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey

These statistics relate to graduates from a number of different pathways – Mathematics, Mathematics and Management Studies, Mathematics and Computing, Mathematics and Statistics with Management and Mathematics with Computer Science.

In 2013/14, six months after graduating:

Read more about graduate destinations for this subject area

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

Placements

We know just how much experience counts in the job market. You will have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience alongside experts in industry, the public sector and commerce – both in the UK or overseas. In fact if you undertake a five year professional placement programme, you are likely to earn some £4,400 more than your three-year course colleagues from ‘Day One’ in your job. (Source: The Brunel report on Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2013/14)

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

» More about Employability

Fees for 2016/7 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement year; £6,000 final year

International students: £15,400 full-time

See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements 2016/7

  • GCE A-level AAB, including A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Not accepted for MMaths entry. Applicants should apply for the BSc in Mathematics – those who obtain high enough grades can transfer to MMath at the end of Year 2.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 33 points, including 6 points in Higher Mathematics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Access courses are not accepted for the MMaths entry. Access students are encouraged to apply for the BSc degree in this subject and if they achieve sufficient grades on year two of the course they can discuss transferring to the MMaths.
  • Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics with an Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Development For Brunel Foundation of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics progression requirements, see the course page.

In addition 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above, to include English and Mathematics, are required. 

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

For non-EU qualification equivalencies, please check the relevant country entry criteria.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas) 
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Wednesday 25 May 2016