This course is designed for committed and enthusiastic students who are fascinated by both Mathematics and the world of business. It offers a broad understanding of general management and will teach you high level skills and knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics, in particular how maths can be used to solve industrial and commercial problems.
Mathematics is a fundamental yet constantly developing subject. As well as being a discipline in its own right, it forms the basis of modern commercial, industrial and technological activities. Mathematical models underpin engineering, the applied sciences, computing and many aspects of management today. A student of mathematics develops an outlook and methodology that remain valuable whatever career is pursued after graduation. This course is designed for committed and enthusiastic students who are fascinated by both Mathematics and the world of business. It offers a broad understanding of general management and will teach you high level skills and knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics, in particular how maths can be used to solve industrial and commercial problems.
All our courses aim to provide you with the skills and techniques needed to develop a mathematical and statistical knowledge, and with an understanding of how these can be applied to the formulation and solution of problems from scientific, technological, business and other areas. However, there is a greater emphasis on statistics and operational research as these are the areas that are especially relevant to management theory. The Mathematical and Management Studies course leads to a BA rather than a BSc degree reflecting the 50/50 mixture of mathematical and management material. It is distinctive from many other universities' management courses in having a higher mathematical content and module flexibility. If you would prefer to undertake a greater propotion of mathematical study, you may wish to consider the BSc in Mathematics and Statistics with Management.
Typical Modules Level 1 Core
Linear Algebra Calculus and Numerical Methods Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics Organisational Behaviour and Analysis
Level 1 Options
Principles and Practice of Marketing Introduction to Accounting
Level 2 Core
Communication Skills and Operational Research Statistics Critical Perspectives in Management
Level 2 Options
Analysis Linear and Numerical Methods Algebra and Discrete Mathematics Analysis Human Resources Management and its International Dimension Development in the Global Environment Principles and Practice of Marketing Introduction to Accounting Management Accounting Managing Change and Creativity in Organisations
Major Project (Core) Stochastic Models and Mathematical Finance Encryption and Data Compression Statistics Numerical and Variational Methods for PDEs Risk and Optimisation in Finance Differential and Integral Equations Corporate Finance Corporate Investment Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Gender in Organisations Strategic Management Managing Change and Creativity in Organisations Strategic Financial Management Ethics, Governance and Sustainability Innovation and Knowledge Management
Final year project
An unusual and very valuable feature of the course is the final year project. This is a substantial piece of individual work in an area of study connected with the course, and each student's project is personally supervised by a member of staff. The work on the project occupies about one-third of the final year study load. You may choose a mathematical project supervised by a member of staff from Mathematics or a management project supervised by a member of staff from Brunel Business School.
Teaching and Learning Up-to-date teaching
Mathematical Sciences is an active and dynamic research centre. Academics' 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 in turn helps to ensure that our undergraduate degrees are truly up-to-date.
Broad spectrum of thinking
We can 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?
Lectures -These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas. They provide a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.
Seminars - Small seminar groups allow students to make individual contributions. You will undertake in-depth analysis of issues and exchange and explore ideas with other students.
One-to-one - In your final year you will receive one-to-one supervision for your dissertation. Throughout all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to help you with academic or personal problems. If you choose to do the four-year sandwich course, your personal tutor will provide you with support when you are on your work placement.
Other - There are email discussion groups, research talks on key management issues, presentations by outside speakers and external visits on mathematics and business topics. Throughout the course, you will also be expected to undertake group work and individual projects and presentations.
The ratio of exams to coursework is approximately 50:50 in Level 1, increasing to 70:30 in Level 3. Your final degree class is assessed from your performance in Levels 2 and 3. Level 3 carries twice the weight of Level 2.
Careers Excellent Prospects
Our graduates have 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. Our students often command higher salaries and have quicker career progression than those with comparable qualifications. You may want to pursue a career that specifically uses your mathematical, statistical or management skills, or perhaps you would prefer a more general career.
Are now working for: Andersen Consulting, British Aerospace, British Airways, British Gas, British Telecom, Brooke Bond, the Civil Aviation Authority, Datalogic, PricewaterhouseCoopers, EDS, GKN, IBM, ICL, Kodak, KPMG, Marks and Spencer, Metal Box, Nissan, Plessey, Pfizer, Rank Xerox. They have gone on to teach, work in research organisations, work for the government - in specialist or general management roles. Many are in very senior positions, some become management or financial consultants, marketing or advertising professionals, officers in the armed services and so on.