This course provides you with the skills and techniques needed to develop a mathematical and statistical knowledge, with the opportunity to gain a sound grounding in key business and management issues. You will understand how mathematics and statistics can be applied to the formulation and solution of industrial and commercial problems.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 300 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC, normally including A-level Mathematics at Grabe B, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects including Grade B in Mathematics.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers, including Grade B in Mathematics, plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Engineering, IT, Public Services or Business, Administration and Finance, including Mathematics A-level (Grade B) for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject, including a Distinction in Mathematics.IB Diploma 31 points, including 6 points in Higher Mathematics.Access: Depending on their mathematical background, applicants will normally be expected to take a foundation yearhttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/ug/cdata/f/FoundationsofInformationTechnology.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths.Course AimsMathematics 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 provides you with the skills and techniques needed to develop a mathematical and statistical knowledge, with the opportunity to gain a sound grounding in key business and management issues. You will understand how mathematics and statistics can be applied to the formulation and solution of industrial and commercial problems.Course ContentThis course enables you to study a substantial amount of mathematics coupled with selected topics from the field of management. Mathematics makes up between two-thirds and three-quarters of the course with the same wide-ranging approach as the straight Mathematics course. However, there is a greater emphasis on statistics and operational research as these are the areas that 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 (taught by the Brunel Business School). If you would prefer a higher management content, you may wish to consider studying Mathematical and Management Studies.Typical ModulesLevel 1 CoreLinear 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 CoreCommunication Skills and Operational Research
Critical Perspectives in Management Level 2 OptionsAnalysis
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
Managing Change and Creativity in Organisations Level 3 Major Project (Core)
Stochastic Models and Mathematical Finance
Encryption and Data Compression
Numerical and Variational Methods for PDEs
Risk and Optimisation in Finance
Differential and Integral Equations
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Gender in Organisations
Managing Change and Creativity in Organisations
Strategic Financial Management
Ethics, Governance and Sustainability
Innovation and Knowledge Management Final year projectAn 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 will have the opportunity to explore a topic of particular interest to you in depth or work on a practical problem of your choice. The decision is yours. Teaching and LearningUp-to-date teachingMathematical 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 thinkingWe 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 give you a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.Tutorials - In a tutorial you will work on a mathematics-related problem with guidance from a member of staff. He/she will be on hand to help you with your problems. Some tutorials in numerical analysis and statistics are replaced by computer workshops.One-to-one - In your final year you will normally get one-to-one supervision for your project. You will also be allocated a personal tutor each year who is 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 will provide further support if you need it. AssessmentThe 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.CareersExcellent ProspectsOur 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.GraduatesPast students are now working for: Andersen Consulting, British Aerospace, British Airways, British Gas, British Telecom, Brooke Bond, the Civil Aviation Authority, Datalogic, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, 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.