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Mathematical Sciences

BSc (Hons) - single

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

This course will develop your logical, analytical and problem-solving abilities. It particularly focuses on increasing your awareness of the use of the mathematical sciences as problem-solving tools.

Subjects covered will include pure mathematics, mathematical methods and mathematical modelling, as well as statistics. Students will be encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to a wide variety of applications areas.

Typical offers

UCAS points: 120 - to include Mathematics

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Wheatley Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years, or 4 years sandwich
  • Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS code

G140

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will develop the mathematical knowledge and understanding you will need for a career in the many fields where mathematical skills are highly valued.
  • You will receive excellent teaching - in the National Student Survey 2015 (source: Unistats) 95% of our mathematical sciences students agreed that "staff are good at explaining things".
  • The 2016 Guardian University Guide subject league table for mathematics rates Oxford Brookes at 24th in the UK - in the top 25 for the fourth year running.
  • This degree programme includes an optional placement year.

During Year 1 you will build essential knowledge and skills in pure mathematics, mathematical methods, mathematical modelling and statistics. Your computing abilities will develop through a specialist module in mathematical software and the integrated use of up-to-date computer packages throughout the course. Optional modules enable you to develop your skills in applied mathematics.

In Year 2 and your final year you will have the opportunity to shape your course of study as your knowledge and interests develop. You may choose to specialise in mathematics or statistics, or follow a broader programme in the mathematical sciences. Your choice will be guided by tutors and by literature showing recommended pathways.

In your final year you can choose from specialised modules, covering topics such as coding and cryptography, medical statistics, geometry and fluid dynamics. You will also have the opportunity to work on an individual project. These are particularly valuable as they further develop your analytical and problem-solving skills, and provide experience in the use of a range of communication skills.

An optional placement year can be taken between your second and final years of study, to further enhance your employability.

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown below. Some modules will be compulsory.

You choose from a list of modules including:

YEAR 1
Algebra and Calculus (double) - compulsory
This module provides an introduction to abstract algebra, algebraic systems and some important calculus topics with emphasis on technique. It provides a foundation for the study of linear algebra and mathematical analysis.

Mathematical Skills and Modelling (double) - compulsory
An introduction to the use of mathematics and mathematical software tools in the solution of real world problems.

Probability Theory - compulsory
An introduction to the basic ideas, concepts and methods of probability models and their theoretical bases.

Statistical Inference - compulsory
A first course in statistical inference, providing coverage of key statistical theory.

Introductory Mathematics
This module provides revision coverage of key topics in core A-level Mathematics, with particular emphasis on problem solving techniques and the correct presentation of mathematical arguments.

Discrete Mathematics
This module introduces the key mathematical concepts that underpin computer science, to equip students with knowledge of the language and structures of discrete mathematics and its relevance to a wide range of computing applications.

Basic Survey Methods
This module provides an introduction to the basic methods of design and analysis of surveys for engineering, business, marketing and other areas of application, with an emphasis on evaluating and communicating the results of a survey.

Word Processing and Spreadsheet IT Skills
An introduction to information technology, word-processing and spreadsheets. This module concentrates on the common word-processing and numerical data manipulation skills required at undergraduate level.

Students can also choose from a wide variety of modules from around the University.

YEAR 2
Linear Algebra and Analysis - compulsory
This module introduces some fundamental concepts of linear algebra and analysis, core topics in the study of Mathematics at degree level. The module forms a basis for further study in these areas.

Further Discrete Mathematics
This module develops and extends knowledge of discrete mathematics, particularly with reference to computing applications.

Numerical Analysis I
The module aims to be an introduction to concepts of numerical analysis and numerical problem solving using software packages. The module is a prerequisite for later modules which involve more specialised aspects of the subject.

Graph Theory
A first course in graph theory with emphasis on its applications. The module introduces the key concepts of graph theory, together with case studies to illustrate its wide applicability. 

Quantitative Research Methods
This module introduces analytical methods related to both survey data and experimental designs, leading to independent or repeated samples data. The data is analysed using parametric and non-parametric techniques

Time Series Analysis
Analysis of univariate time series: description, modelling and forecasting. This module is aimed at the students who wish to gain a working knowledge of time series and forecasting methods as applied in economics, engineering and the natural and social sciences.

Mathematical Models
This module introduces more advanced and complex ideas and techniques that can effectively model real-world problems with applications in industry, medicine and education.

Applied Abstract Algebra
This module covers mathematical structures and their applications, and will also give an introduction to number theory and other areas of algebra.  These will be developed with particular reference to applications such as crystallography, coding and cryptography.

Complex Analysis
A lecture based course providing an introduction to the theory of functions of a complex variable. This module assumes some previous knowledge of real analysis.

Mathematical Statistics
The mathematics-based treatment of the theory and application of statistics.

Simulation and Modelling
This module builds on students' experience of modelling and explores the application of mathematics, statistics and sophisticated computer tools to the solution of problems using simulation and modelling techniques.

Mathematics for Decision Making
This module introduces students to the mathematical techniques in business decision making, and the application of mathematical tools to solving business problems.

OPTIONAL PLACEMENT YEAR
The aim of this year is to provide a safe structured one year placement opportunity for students so that they can apply and develop the skills they have learnt as part of their university course.

FINAL YEAR
Mathematics Project - compulsory
An extended study of a topic selected, with appropriate guidance, from any suitable area of the student's course in Mathematics. Particular examples of possible topics will be provided.

Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
This is a lecture based module studying ordinary differential equations and analytical methods used in the solution of partial differential equations.

Honours Topics in Mathematics
This module provides a selection of topics offering opportunities for honours level study in mathematics, including current research, and for the further development of independent learning, research and presentation skills.

Numerical Analysis II
A single honours course covering the concepts and theory of numerical analysis, extending experience in the application of numerical analysis to the solution of problems. The module aims to study the theory and practice of numerical analysis for problem solving.

Topology
The aim of this module is to introduce the basic notions of general topology with emphasis on metric spaces. This module extends the students' understanding of the fundamental structure of the central mathematical objects that are topological spaces.

Geometry
A single honours module which aims to give a broad introduction to geometry in two, three and higher dimensions. The module builds on students’ previous knowledge of vectors and matrix algebra at advanced level and requires some prior knowledge of calculus.

Regression Models
This module provides coverage of the theory and application of multiple linear and nonlinear regression models.

Medical Statistics
This module provides coverage of statistical methods applied in medical research and health studies. The emphasis is on practical aspects of the design and statistical analysis of medical research and the interpretation and presentation of results.


Work placements

It is possible to study for the BSc in Mathematical Sciences as a four-year sandwich course, the third year being spent in supervised work experience.

Our work placement programme has been commended by professional bodies as a model of excellence.

A placement year enables you to work in industry or commerce for one year between the second and final years of your course. Students taking this option recognise the benefits of obtaining professional experience, consolidating their understanding of the mathematical sciences, and having the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a professional setting.

The department provides assistance with finding a suitable placement, although students may also search for a placement independently.

Please note that you would be an employee of the company with which you undertake your placement, and may incur additional transport and accommodation costs if the company is not a local one. In addition, you may be required to complete a DBS check for some placement providers, and the cost of this would be borne by the student.

Study abroad

You may be able to go on an optional European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year, and are facilitated by the University.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. 

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Teaching and learning

We use a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, problem-solving classes and group work, as well as guided reading and research. Lecturers will generally supply extensive handouts and booklets during sessions. Our experienced staff provide tutorial support in practical classes and on a one-to-one basis where required.

Approach to assessment

Coursework is an important element in assessment and is highly valued by students for the feedback it provides. Most modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and examination, although some rely solely on coursework. Assessment methods include individual work, group assignments, presentations and project work.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250

Home/EU - cost per module: 2017/18: £750 per single module

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £1,380

International - full time: 2017/18: £13,730

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS points: 120 - to include Mathematics

A-level: ABC or equivalent to include grade A in Maths

International Baccalaureate: 30 points, to include at least 5 in Higher Level Mathematics

BTEC: DM plus grade A in A Level Mathematics

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry look very different from 2016 entry - the 2017 ABC equivalent for this course will be 120 UCAS points for 2017. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: grade A minimum in Mathematics

GCSE: grade C minimum in English Language

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

 Part-time students should apply directly to the university.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Specialist facilities

You will have access to excellent computer facilities. The department is located in modern buildings with its own networks of computers as well as full use of the university's extensive PC networks. You will benefit from access to educational and professional software and from using the latest computing equipment.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

The single honours course in Mathematical Sciences has been accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for the purpose of meeting in part the educational requirement for chartered status.

Career prospects

Recent research has shown that graduates in mathematical disciplines enjoy one of the highest earning potentials of all graduates. Employers recognise that mathematical knowledge and skills are essential to the solution of many current problems, in science, technology, business and commerce.

Graduates in Mathematical Sciences may use their subject knowledge directly in scientific research and teaching, or develop careers in accountancy, computing, actuarial, market research or management work where they can use their numeracy and problem-solving skills. Many of our graduates also progress to postgraduate study, both MSc and PhD.