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Mathematics

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

G100

Start dates

September 2020

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 if a work placement is chosen

Part time: up to 8 years

Department

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


Our Mathematics degree gives you a firm theoretical knowledge of mathematics. You will experience real mathematical applications and learn;

  • the fundamental principles of mathematics
  • computational concepts and practices.

You will also gain strong coding skills and learn key skills for the workplace, such as;

  • problem solving
  • team working 
  • communication
  • time management
  • self-motivation. 

Our course is flexible so you can learn according to your own interests and ambitions. You can pick modules on Engineering, Management and even Foreign Languages. If you're interested in Pure Mathematics you can choose modules which give you a sound mathematical background and prepare you for further study or research.

You can choose to take the work placement which provides invaluable real-world experience.Taking this course can lead to a wide range of career options, including;

  • banking
  • actuarial science
  • data science.
Mathematics

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Required subjects include: Mathematics

IB Diploma: 30 points, to include at least a 5 in Higher Level Mathematics

BTEC: grades DMM plus grade B in A-Level Mathematics

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: grade B 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.

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.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,410

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home/EU Full Time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU Part Time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£13,900

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,410

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

2020/21
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU Part Time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

International full time
£13,900

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

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 below.

Additional costs

If you undertake a placement you may incur additional transport and accommodation costs. In addition, you may be required to complete a DBS check for some placement providers. 

Learning and assessment


In Year 1 you will study;

  • Mathematical Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Statistics.

These modules develop your abstract thinking and problem-solving skills. They also support your transition from A-Level to university. You will also learn programming and explore real computational applications as part of your practical work. You will develop essential skills in;

  • pure mathematics
  • mathematical methods
  • mathematical modelling (and statistics in the single honours course).

In Year 2 and 3 you will study modules such as;

  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence. 

On the single honours course you will mostly focus on mathematics. You will also have the chance to study some statistics.

On our combined honours course, you will complement your mathematics modules with modules from your other field of study.

You will develop your computing abilities through the extensive use of up-to-date mathematical (and, for single honours, statistical) software.

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Study modules

Year 1

Algebra and Calculus (double)*

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)*

An introduction to the use of mathematics and mathematical software tools in the solution of real world problems.

Probability Theory (compulsory for single honours)

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

Statistical Inference (compulsory for single honours)*

A first course in statistical inference, providing coverage of key statistical theory. This module is available for single honors students only.

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.

Basic Data Analysis (combined honours only)

An introduction to statistics with the emphasis on fundamental concepts and basic techniques of statistical data analysis.

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.

Year 2

Linear Algebra and Analysis*

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.

Numerical Analysis I (compulsory for single honours)

Optional for combined honours. This 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.

Quantitative Research Methods (compulsory for single honours)

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.

Further Discrete Mathematics

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

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.

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.

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.

Mathematics for Decision Making

This module introduces the mathematical techniques in business decision making and the application of mathematical tools to solving business problems.

Mathematical Statistics (single honours only)

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

Simulation and Modelling (single honours only)

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

Time Series Analysis (single honours only)

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.

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional placement year

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

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Mathematics Project (compulsory for single honours)

An extended study of a topic selected, with appropriate guidance, from any suitable area of your course in Mathematics. Particular examples of possible topics will be provided.

Mathematics Interdisciplinary Project (combined honours only)

An extended study of a topic selected, with appropriate guidance, from any suitable area of your combined course in Mathematics and another subject. Particular examples of possible topics will be provided. If you are taking this module you must also register for the interdisciplinary module in your other subject.

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 explores 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 explores vectors and matrix algebra at advanced level and requires some prior knowledge of calculus.

Regression Models (single honours only)

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

Medical Statistics (single honours only)

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.

* = Required

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a wide range of teaching methods, including;

  • lectures
  • problem-solving classes
  • group work
  • guided reading 
  • research. 

You will receive extensive handouts and booklets during sessions and lectures. Our experienced staff provide tutorial support in practical classes. And you can see them one-to-one when needed.

You will be able to access online educational materials through our virtual learning environment. 

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 23%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 77%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 23%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 77%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Lectures and seminars - 0%
  • Placement - 100%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 0%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Lectures and seminars - 19%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 81%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Our assessment methods include;

  • individual work
  • group assignments
  • presentations
  • project work.

Coursework is an important part of your assessments and provides valuable feedback. We assess most modules through a mixture of coursework and examination, but some are assessed solely on coursework.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 36%
  • Coursework - 64%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 64%
  • Coursework - 36%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3 (optional placement year)

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 0%
  • Practical exams - 100%

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

  • Written exams - 36%
  • Coursework - 64%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


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, not only in science and technology but also in business and commerce.

As well as using their knowledge directly in scientific research and teaching, graduates in Mathematics go on to develop careers in accountancy, computing, actuarial, market research or management work where they can use their numeracy and skills such as problem-solving and statistical modelling. Many of our graduates also progress to postgraduate study, both MSc and PhD.

Graduates in Mathematics are particularly well equipped for a career in information technology and related areas. For example, demand is strong for graduates capable of developing error-free software that is mathematically based and also for those who can exploit sophisticated software and technology effectively.

As mathematics is a National Curriculum subject, a combined or single honours mathematics degree will equip you to proceed directly to a teaching qualification. There is high demand for mathematics graduates in the teaching profession.

Professional accreditation

The single honours course 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.

Free language courses


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.

Information from Unistats


Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.