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Mathematics with Computer Science BSc

Subject area: Mathematics Undergraduate Open Day How to apply
Mode of study

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

UCAS Code

G1GL, G1GK with Professional Practice

Start date

September

Mathematics with Computer Science BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Professional Practice option
Available in Clearing Call our hotline on +44(0) 1895 272273

Overview

To discuss your qualifications for 2016 entry call our Clearing hotline on +44(0) 1895 272 273.

About the course

This single honours course is for committed mathematicians who also want to become skilled in modern day computing and information systems. Students gain the skills needed to develop their mathematical and statistical knowledge and apply these skills to solve problems in computing, business and other areas.

Approximately two-thirds of the course is devoted to mathematical and statistical subjects and one-third to computer science.

The mathematics course is wide-ranging and covers several application areas. These include finance, statistics, operational research (how maths can be applied to commercial and industrial problems), numerical analysis and mechanics. You will have the opportunity to specialise at Level 3.

The mathematics subjects focus particularly on aspects of modern algebra that relate to computer science, and also include a considerable amount of numerical analysis of mathematical problems. In later years, for example, you could specialise in modern encryption methods as used, for example, in internet transactions. The advanced computing modules include databases and the construction of interactive systems.

Although theory is important, we place equal emphasis on best practice and real world applications.

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 will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a career in IT by addressing the needs of today’s businesses – and tomorrow’s. It is this commercial approach that makes the course highly relevant and up to date.

Mathematics is one of the largest disciplines at Brunel and you will be taught by with staff internationally recognised for their state-of-the-art subject knowledge.

Because mathematics has links with many other disciplines, we offer an excitingly wide choice of courses, each with a different emphasis. These include modules in pure and applied mathematics, operational research, computer science, finance, information technology and management studies. This structure means that most individual subject modules are not unique to any particular degree.

More than 50 academic staff teach our computer science courses, many of whom have a background in the computer industry. Practically all are involved in our applied computing research, which includes software technologies and modelling, people and interactivity, information systems development and evaluation.

We have designed this single honours course for committed mathematicians who also want to become skilled in modern day computing and information systems. Students gain the skills needed to develop their mathematical and statistical knowledge and apply these skills to solve problems in computing, business and other 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

On the Mathematics with Computer Science programme approximately two-thirds of the course is devoted to mathematical and statistical subjects and one third to computer science.

The mathematics element in these courses is wide‑ranging, and is concerned in particular with aspects of modern algebra that are related to computer science. Although theory is important, we place equal emphasis on best practice and real world applications.

Typical Modules

Level 1

  • Transition to Independent Learning of Mathematics (see below for more)
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Introductory Programming
  • Logic and Computation
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Statistics I
  • Algorithms and Numerical Methods.

    Find out more information about Level 1

Level 2

  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Linear Methods
  • Elements of Combinatorics
  • Probability and Statistics II
  • Operational Research
  • Employability Skills
  • Software Development and Management
  • Algorithms and Their Applications
  • Networks and Operating Systems

Level 3 compulsory

  • Major Project (see below for more)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Engineering.

Level 3 options

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

Level 3 Major Project

This is a very valuable feature of the Mathematics with Computer Science 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.

Most of our projects can be carried out in ways that suit the student's strengths and interests. For example, it is often possible to choose to emphasise concrete applications or abstract theory, and the project can be carried out using theoretical tools only, or computational tools only, or a mixture of both.

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 among many others.
  • 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 £1000 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.
  • Excellent links with business
    Our staff is 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' research is of international significance and is often supported by external grants and contracts with leading industry and government establishments.

As a result lecturers are 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. Our lecturers publish their research in prominent international journals and are 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 by 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 seminar groups enable you to work on mathematics excercises with guidance from a staff member.

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 final year project. We will also allocate you a personal tutor each year who will be 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 in Level 1, increasing to 70:30 in 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

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.

Follow the four-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.

Careers

You can pursue a career that specifically uses your mathematical, statistical or computing skills, or choose 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.

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.

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).

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.

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 2016/17 entry

UK/EU students: £9,000 full-time; £1,000 placement 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 Criteria 2016/17

  • GCE A-level ABB, including grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD plus A-level Mathematics or Further Mathematics at Grade A.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-level Mathematics or Further Mathematics at grade A.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-levels grade AB including an A grade in Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points, including 6 points in Higher Mathematics.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass relevant 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 or Further Mathematics at grade A.
  • 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.


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.