This single honours course is designed for committed mathematicians who also want to become skilled in modern day computing and information systems. You will gain the techniques needed to develop a mathematical and statistical knowledge and will understand how these can be applied to the formulation and solution of problems from computing, business and other areas. The advanced computing modules include databases and the construction of interactive systems.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 Grade 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 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 in Higher Mathematics.Access: Depending on their mathematical background, applicants will normally be expected to take a foundationhttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/ug/cdata/f/FoundationsofInformationTechnology year.
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 single honours course is designed for committed mathematicians who also want to become skilled in modern day computing and information systems. You will gain the techniques needed to develop a mathematical and statistical knowledge and will understand how these can be applied to the formulation and solution of problems from computing, business and other areas.Course ContentApproximately two-thirds of this course is devoted to mathematical and statistical subjects and one-third to computer science.
The mathematics subjects are concerned in particular with aspects of modern algebra that are related to computer science and also include a considerable amount of numerical analysis of problems in mathematics. So in later years, for example, you could specialise in modern methods for encryption used in Internet transactions. The advanced computing modules include databases and the construction of interactive systems. Typical ModulesLevel 1Linear Algebra
Calculus and Numerical Methods
Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics
Construction of ProgramsLevel 2 CoreLinear and Numerical Methods
Communication Skills and Operational Research
Algebra and Discrete Mathematics
Models of Computation and Systems
Software Engineering Methods Level 2 OptionsVector Calculus and Applications
Statistics Level 3Major Project (Core)
Numerical and Variational Methods for PDEs
Complex Variable Methods and Applications
Risk and Optimisation in Finance
Differential and Integral Equations
Stochastic Models and Mathematical Finance
Encryption and Data Compression
Database Systems: Design and Application
Computer Algorithms and Applications
Interactive Systems 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.
Information Systems and Computing lecturers are also experts in their fields. Many are internationally and nationally recognised for their work and a lot have hands-on practical experience in the computer business. Lecturers frequently act as consultants for companies who value their innovative insight and expertise. Although theory is important, we place equal emphasis on best practice and real world applications. How will I be taught?Lectures - These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to computer science or information systems. They give you a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.Laboratory work - This helps you develop and understand the technical skills for building software using the methods and techniques introduced in lectures. You will do individual work, but a tutor is on hand. He/she may stop the group for discussion on common problems and issues from time to time. Tutorials - In a tutorial you will work on a computing/mathematics-related problem with guidance from a member of staff. He/she will be on hand to help you with your problems. 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 tutorwill help you set objectives and monitor your progress, and will provide further support if you need it. Other - Guest speakers from prominent organisations give presentations on relevant business aspects. We host talks on topical research issues. If you do work experience, this will also be an important part of your professional development. 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 computing skills, or perhaps you would prefer a more general career, such as management or consultancy. 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.