25 September 2015

Department to launch new four year MMath in Mathematics course

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences are delighted to announce the introduction of a new four year MMath in Mathematics course (validated subject to three minor conditions). The first cohort will be in September 2016, and students will be able to apply to study this course directly through UCAS or transfer from the BSc programme in Mathematics.

Programme Lead for Mathematics, Rachel Long, said “This is a fantastic development for our course portfolio. The new four year programme will give students more flexibility to adapt their degree to match their career aspirations, whether this is working in industry in positions involving a deeper level of mathematics or pursuing postgraduate research towards a higher level qualification.”

The new MMath has an enhanced focus on mathematical modelling, which will be developed throughout the entire degree course. According to Stewart Chidlow, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, “many real-world problems currently in the news today, such as making sense of big data or predicting the spread of the Ebola virus, involve mathematicians somewhere in a modelling capacity and we want to produce graduates able to solve such problems.”

The compulsory mathematical modelling module runs across the first two years, in the second year students will have the opportunity to solve a real-world problem put to them by industry. Students will also develop their transferable skills through a wide range of assessments including group projects and presentations, encouraging the use of mathematical literature from the very outset.

“As mathematics is found in unexpected areas and because graduates work in variety of different companies, it is essential that they are equipped with research skills to meet the changing demands of industry,” said Carlos Fresneda-Portillo, Lecturer in Mathematics. He went on to say “The new programme has been developed with the aim of not only developing these research skills, but developing the students’ transferrable skills as well.”

Head of the Department, Prof. Gareth Neighbour remarked "I am delighted by the news of the successful validation of this course, which builds upon a strong heritage of mathematics at Brookes and is the outcome of a strategic vision of meeting the needs of society. The hard work undertaken by the programme development team has produced an exceptional and leading course. Mathematics courses run by the Department have consistently achieved outstanding NSS scores for student satisfaction, and this has led to our strong position in the Guardian Subject League Table. The introduction of this course is going to enhance the reputation of Mathematics at Oxford Brookes University and build upon an already excellent provision.”

External advisers consulted during the development of the new course commented:

“It is good to see research literacy as a constant theme across the programme. [The programme…] should give a good grounding for those students wishing to progress onto research at postgraduate level.” Dr. Stephen Kane

“It will certainly be attractive to business and industry, especially those who rely on having a workforce with good mathematical modelling skills, and this is a growth area.” Prof. Peter Dobson, OBE

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