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Mathematics for Data Science with Placement BSc BSc (Hons)

Brunel University London

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Data analytics (Big Data) is a major phenomenon in the 21st century, rendering traditional data processing applications inadequate and increasing the demand for data analysts trained in this area who can collate, interpret and draw value from complex data sets.This programme brings together a range of techniques that the modern data analyst needs. You will study blocks in mathematics, statistics, data analysis and computing, and tackle a variety of interesting and engaging problems from business and industry. A good grounding in all these subjects is essential for creating and using algorithms and systems that identify patterns and extract value from masses of data.The course will also develop key graduate skills such as problem-solving and communication, with a third of the credits at each level based on project-oriented work where students will develop their knowledge, professionalism and creativity in a supporting environment.As an example, in your second year you will be introduced to neural networks and deep learning. This important topic is at heart a powerful blend of linear algebra, nonlinear activation functions, vector calculus chain rule for gradients, and steepest descent optimisation with sampling. These fundamental building blocks will be brought together in theory and in software so that you will be able to build your own deep learning neural net, and be able to explain the function of every part of the algorithm. This last aspect of being able to explain the software’s function is key to the role of a mathematician as an understander as well as a user of methods, as opposed to just a consumer of software. The emphasis throughout will be on the practical rigour associated with getting deep learning to work.Follow the four-year ‘Professional Placement’ degree programme and you‘ll benefit from our extensive experience in helping students to find well-paid work placements with blue-chip companies. Our sandwich students find that their mathematical and transferable skills are in demand in many sectors.This programme strives to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, it is seeking an award by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Once granted, when this course is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught master's degrees.

Application deadline

15 January

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Brunel University London

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  • Campus address

    Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, UB8 3PH, England

All new international students have guaranteed campus accommodation.
Pre-sessional English courses provide students with intensive English language training before the start of their academic studies.
Brunel offers more than 100 scholarships every year to help international students pay their fees and living costs.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    57th out of 72 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    106 44%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.76 75%



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