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Mathematics and Statistics with Management BSc

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Mode of study

3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich

UCAS Code

G1NG, G1NF with Professional Practice

Start date

September

Mathematics and Statistics with Management BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Practice option

Overview

About the course

Mathematics and Statistics with Management offers a broad understanding of general management and will also teach you high level skills and knowledge in mathematics and statistics, helping you develop an outlook that will be hugely valuable whatever career path you follow after graduation.

The programme covers a wide array of subjects, with linear algebra, calculus and numerical methods, discrete mathematics, probability and statistics and organisational behaviour and analysis as early, compulsory areas of study.

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.

IMA

Aims

Using maths to solve industrial and commercial problems has led to vital breakthroughs for human advancement. Mathematical models underpin engineering, the applied sciences, computing and many aspects of management today.

This course equips you with the skills and techniques you need to develop your maths and statistical knowledge, as well as giving you a sound grounding in key business and management issues and applying maths and statistics to solve industrial and commercial issues.

At Brunel you will be working with staff who are internationally recognised for their state-of-the-art subject knowledge. Maths has links with many other subject areas and we offer a wide choice of exciting courses, each with a different emphasis. These courses include modules in pure and applied mathematics, operational research, computer science, finance, IT and management studies. This structure means that most individual subject modules are not unique to any particular degree.

We are also very active at postgraduate level offering Mathematics MSc courses and research opportunities in many areas. External grants and contracts with industry and government establishments support much of our research – keeping us right at the ‘cutting edge’ and actively in contact with modern uses of mathematics. The result is that our undergraduate courses are truly up-to-date. For example, you may undertake your major final year project in one of our research areas.

Enquiries

Dr D Roman
Admissions Tutor

Department of Mathematics
Brunel University
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 3PH

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


Course Content

This course enables you to study a substantial amount of maths coupled with selected topics from the field of management. Mathematics accounts for between two-thirds and three-quarters of the course with the same wide-ranging approach as the straight maths course. However, we place greater emphasis on statistics and operational research as these areas are especially relevant to management theory.

The remainder of the course consists of selected management topics in areas such as accountancy, finance and organisational studies – all taught at Brunel Business School.

Typical Modules

Level 1 compulsory

  • Transition to Independent Learning of Mathematics (see below for more)
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Organisational Behaviour and Analysis
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Statistics I
  • Algorithms and Numerical Methods.

Level 1 options

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Principles and Practice of Marketing.

Level 2 compulsory

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

Level 2 options

  • Managing Change and Creativity in Organisations
  • Human Resource Management and its International Dimension
  • Management Accounting – Planning and Control.

Level 3 compulsory

  • Major Project (see below for more)
  • Risk and Optimisation for Financial Planning.

Level 3 options

  • Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
  • Encryption and Data Compression
  • Numerical Methods for Differential Equations
  • Statistics III
  • Stochastic Models
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ventures
  • Gender in Organisations
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Business Ethics, Environment Sustainability and Governance
  • Innovation and Knowledge Management.

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.

Level 3 Major Project

This is a very valuable feature of the Mathematics and Statistics with Management BSc – 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.

With special permission, a student may choose to undertake a project in management, supervised by a staff member from the Brunel Business School.

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

Special Features

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematical Sciences is one of the largest disciplines at Brunel and has links with many other subject areas.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

Up-to-date techniques
Mathematics 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 exercises with guidance from a staff member. Management tutorials enable students to actively contribute in group discussions and tasks – undertaking in-depth analysis and exploring ideas.

Computer workshops
These replace some tutorials in certain modules involving computer-based tasks. This includes some mathematical modules such as statistics and operational research.

One-to-one
In your final year 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 as part of sandwich course, your personal tutor will help you set objectives and monitor your progress – and provide further support if you need it.

Assessment

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

We base your final degree class on your performance at Levels 2 and 3. Level 3 carries twice the weight of Level 2.

Employability

Career prospects for mathematicians with management skills are excellent. 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 four-year 'thick sandwich' degree programme and you will benefit from our extensive experience 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.

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.

Careers

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.

Work 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 four 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.

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Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £15,750 full-time

Additional course related costs

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

2017/18

The Government has proposed changes to allow tuition fees for UK and EU students to rise by inflation. These changes are currently subject to approval, but if approved, would result in tuition fees of £9,250 per year from 2017/18.

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • GCE A-levels BBB including Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a relevant subject plus A-level Mathematics at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a relevant subject with an A-level Mathematics at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grades BB including Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 5 in Higher Mathematics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass any Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Applicants must also have an A-level in Mathematics grade B.
  • Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics with an Integrated Foundation Year with 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.


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. Find out more information about English course and test options.