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Mathematics for Data Science BSc

Course code

G1ND

G1NK with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2021/2

UK £9,250

International £17,875

Entry requirements

ABC (A-level)

DDM and A-level in Maths or Further Maths at grade A. (BTEC)

30 (IB)

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

This course is closed for 2021 entry.

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Overview

Data analytics (Big Data) is a major phenomenon in the 21st century, there is an increasing demand for data analysts trained in this area who can collate, interpret and draw value from complex data sets.

This programme brings together a range of techniques that modern data analyst needs. You will study blocks in mathematics, statistics, data analysis and computing, and tackle a variety of interesting and engaging problems from business and industry. A good grounding in all these subjects is essential for creating and using algorithms and systems that identify patterns and extract value from masses of data.

The course will also develop key graduate skills such as problem-solving and communication, with a third of the credits at each level based on project-oriented work where students will develop their knowledge, professionalism and creativity in a supportive environment.

As an example, in your second year, you will be introduced to neural networks and deep learning. This important topic is at heart a powerful blend of linear algebra, nonlinear activation functions, vector calculus chain rule for gradients, and steepest descent optimisation with sampling. These fundamental building blocks will be brought together in theory and in software so that you will be able to build your own deep learning neural net, and be able to explain the function of every part of the algorithm. This last aspect of being able to explain the software’s function is key to the role of a mathematician as an understander as well as a user of methods, as opposed to just a consumer of software. The emphasis throughout will be on the practical rigour associated with getting deep learning to work.

Follow the four-year ‘Professional Placement’ degree programme and you‘ll 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.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

At Brunel, we aim to make your transition into the university style of learning as easy as possible. So in the first few weeks of first year you’ll start your learning in small classes, a variety of teaching styles will be introduced during this time. By second year you’ll be learning through lectures, seminars and in computer labs.

In your final year you’ll be able to select some optional modules, allowing you to pursue your interests. In this year you will also complete a Data Science Project, supported by an academic staff member, providing you with the opportunity to demonstrate the professional skills you’ve acquired throughout your studies.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Career prospects for mathematicians are excellent. This course emphasises the relevant mathematical and statistical underpinning while providing the essential practical training needed to function in the workplace. Graduates from this course will possess key skills that are highly sought after by any organisations that use data analytics to make data-driven business decisions, e.g., finance, health care, logistical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors, government agencies, big data processing companies, and sport.

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.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level ABC, including grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM, plus A-level Mathematics or Further Mathematics at Grade A.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject with an A-level Mathematics or Further Mathematics at grade A.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-levels grade AC including grade A in Mathematics or Further Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4
  • Obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 and A-level in Mathematics or Further Mathematics grade A.

For Brunel Mathematics with an Integrated Foundation Year requirements, see the course pages.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required, to include Maths and English Language.

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. 

 

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/2 entry

UK

£9,250 full-time

£1,385 placement year

International

£17,875 full-time

£1,385 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

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Teaching and Learning

Mathematics at Brunel has an active and dynamic research culture and many of our lecturers are widely published and highly recognised in their fields. Their work is frequently supported by external grants and contracts with leading industry and government establishments. Lecturers are consequently at the frontiers of the subject and in active contact with modern users of mathematics.  This means that you can be assured that our academics are teaching you a truly up-to-date degree and you’ll benefit from a wide range of expertise across the different areas of mathematics.

Your academics are always here to help and offer support. There are maths and numeracy workshops run throughout the year where you can seek support in linear algebra, calculus, LaTeX, MATLAB and more. You’ll also benefit from the extra support offered to you at our Maths Café. Here you can bring along any maths-related questions and receive one-to-one help in an informal setting.

Our teaching methods help you to bridge the school-university gap. Our small classes at the beginning of first year mean that you’ll get to know your lecturers and be able to discuss any problems with them. At Brunel, we realise that you might not remember everything from your previous studies and we offer plenty of opportunities to reinforce essential skills, we even offer extra help sessions throughout the academic year.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

The Mathematics for Data Science BSc programme uses elements of formative and summative assessment. Although both forms of assessment will be graded, only the summative assessment will count for progression for your final degree.

Our academics use formative assessment as a fundamental component in the learning process, including; class tests (both in paper and electronic format), electronic quizzes, and short written exercises. Summative assessments throughout this course consist of coursework and examinations.

We base your final degree class on your performance in second and final year. Final year carries twice the weight of second year.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.