Brunel’s Department of Mathematics focuses on equipping you with a wealth of mathematical knowledge and understanding that you can apply to the worlds of science, technology, business or wherever else your interests lie. Mathematics is a fundamental subject that is constantly developing and a discipline in its own right. It supplies the theory behind countless commercial, industrial and technological activities. Mathematical models underpin engineering, the applied sciences, computing and many aspects of management. On our programmes, you’ll develop in-depth knowledge and understanding as well as excellent study skills that will be hugely valuable whatever career path you follow after graduation. You can select our general Mathematics course or opt for one of the specialist pathways. We also offer two four-year MMath programmes – these become five years if you decide to do a year’s work placement. If you are not sure which programme to follow, that’s fine. You’ll have the chance to change after the course starts. Once you are at Brunel, you can explore what works best for you. You’ll be taught in small groups of about 20 students for the first few weeks of Level 1 to help you to adapt to the demands of university study. Extra support is available if you start to fall behind. Lectures will provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas, giving you a framework for more in-depth study. You’ll also work in small group tutorials on mathematics-related problems with guidance from a member of staff. This course is for mathematicians who also want to become skilled in modern-day computing and information systems. Mathematical and computational techniques underpin much of modern science, technology and business. This course emphasises the aspects of modern algebra that relate to computer science, and includes much numerical analysis of mathematical problems. In Level 1 you’ll tackle three projects on topics that illustrate some of the diverse applications of mathematics to the real world. Around two thirds of the course content concentrates on mathematics, with the rest focused on computer science. You can increase the number of computer science subjects you study in Level 3. You could, for example, specialise in modern encryption methods used to protect internet transactions. In Level 3, you’ll also produce a substantial research project under the guidance of a tutor. A degree combining mathematics and computer science will make you a strong candidate for a career in many industries, such as finance, research, design, business and IT. We’ll encourage you to choose the industrial placement option as this will give you a year’s paid work experience. Our placement team has strong connections with industry and former students have completed their placements at UK companies such as BUPA and Virgin Trains. To help you get ready for work, we run popular employability skills workshops for all students. Topics include CV writing, job applications, cover letters and testing centres. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend talks by former students and employers on how to succeed in the job market. Our graduates have gone on to careers with companies including Bank of New York, Ernst and Young, HSBC, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Xerox.