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School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics
Brunel University


Address Brunel University, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH
Tel. No. +44 (0) 1895 265939
E-mail address
Courses Business Systems Integration (with SAP Technology) MSc (PT/FT*)
Financial Mathematics MSc (PT/FT*)
Information Systems Management MSc (PT/FT*)
Modelling and Management of Risk MSc (FT*)
MSc in Data Science Analytics
Digital Service Design MSc
Type of courses Full-time and part-time (See above)
Length of course 12mths Full time 24mths part time
Date of commencement September 2014
Please see below for our Open Days
Any enquiries please contact Mrs Jaspal Bhamra (See details below)
Class size 15-40 students
Accommodation Available
Fees See individual Course pages for fees
Top recruiters of our graduates To name a few: IBM, Accenture, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, RBS, HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank
Student grants/
Financial Assistance
Please contact the School for more information
Admission requirements A UK first or second class honours degree (2.2) or an overseas equivalent qualification
English Language requirement
IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
TOEFL Paper test: 580 (TWE 4.5)
TOEFL Internet test: 92 (R20, L20, S20, W20)
Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
Student Profile 1.Countries of origin: We have students from all over the world
2. Ratio Men/ Women: Difficult to say, it can be different every year
3. Age Range: 21+
Contact person Mrs Jaspal Bhamra
Student Recruitment Co-ordinator
School of Information Systems Computing and Mathematics
P: +44 1895 265939


About the Courses

Business Systems Integration (with SAP Technology)

The aim of this ‘cutting edge’ programme is to develop practical skills and critical awareness in relation to the state-of-the-art in business/enterprise systems integration (from a service-oriented perspective).


At the end of the course, you should be able to:

• model key aspects of business in an integrated and logical manner;
• demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the issues relevant to business systems integration and use in the context of modern business environments;
• demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP) and the role they play in business systems integration;
• demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the professional skills necessary for effective business systems integration;
• reflect, critically and in-depth, on relevant aspects of the state-of-the art of both the practice and theory of business systems integration.

Financial Mathematics MSc

The objective of the MSc in Financial Mathematics is to guide students through to a mastery of the sophisticated mathematical ideas underlying modern finance theory, along with the associated market structures and conventions, with emphasis on: (a) the modelling of financial assets, both in equity markets and in fixed-income markets; (b) the pricing and hedging of options and other derivatives; and (c) the quantification and management of financial risk.


Financial mathematics is a challenging subject, deployed by sophisticated practitioners in financial markets on daily basis. It builds on the application of advanced concepts in modern probability theory to solve various issues faced by industry practitioners in the areas of pricing, hedging, risk management, and beyond. The main objective of the programme is to provide the knowledge needed to be able to enter into this exciting new area of applied mathematics that is widely used in a range of financial markets.

Main distinguishing features of our programme are:

We aim to teach some of the key ideas in pricing theory from a modern perspective, using such concepts as pricing kernel and market filtration, as opposed to a more traditional approach based on the historical developments of the subject.

We include courses on high-performance computing so that theoretical ideas can be implemented.

By the end of the year students will gain familiarity with topics including:

• Financial market conventions
• Derivatives market structure
• Theory of stochastics processes
• Option pricing and hedging
• Interest rate derivatives pricing
• Portfolio theory
• Price formation
• Credit risk management
• Numerical implementation
• High-performance computing

Information Systems Management MSc

The aim of this programme is to develop critical understanding of the management of information systems in the context of the organisational issues and challenges that impact on their development and application


By the end of the course, you should be able to:

• Explore issues relevant to information systems development in the context of modern business environments and needs.
• Express a rounded awareness of the state-of-the-art in relation to the role of information systems in the enterprise environment and the importance of strategic alignment.
• Understand the changing nature of information systems and the implications of this for the requisite dynamic socio-technical balancing.
• Reflect, critically, on the state-of-the art of both the practice and theory of organisational-level systems development and critically understand information systems and their role in organisational effectiveness.

Modelling and Management of Risk MSc


Analysing market conditions, industry needs and the emerging regulatory requirements, shows that there is a fast growing global requirement for professionals with skills in risk and optimisation modelling.

This MSc will pursue theoretical and applied research issues encompassing the growing use of risk and optimisation in diverse sectors.

Students on this course will gain specific skills in the areas of:

• problem structuring
• data analysis
• building decision models
• risk assessment in the corporate, financial, public and environment sectors
• decision making under uncertainty
• business simulation
• project evaluation
• resource management
• recognising the areas where business analysis can add value
• selecting appropriate types of analyses and applying them in an appropriate context.

MSc in Data Science Analytics (Approved in principle)

The aim of the programme is to develop a critical awareness of the state-of-the-art in data science and demonstrate the practical skills necessary to create value in its application to business, scientific and/or social domains.


By the end of the course you should be able to:

• Comprehend the key concepts and nuances of the disciplines that need to be synthesised for effective data science.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the challenges and issues arising from taking heterogeneous data at volume and scale, understanding what it represents and turning that understanding into insight for business, scientific or social innovation (ie, data science).
• Develop a practical understanding of the skills, tools and techniques necessary for the effective application of data science.
• Apply a practical understanding of data science to problems in social, business and/or scientific domains.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of applied data science in relation to the challenges/issues addressed.

Digital Service Design MSc (Approved in principle)

The MSc in Digital Service Design is a new course focused on developing a highly relevant skill set in this fast-growing aspect of the digital design industry worldwide.

It was developed in conjunction with Wilson Fletcher, a long-established, leading digital service design consultancy and is based on a series of discussions we had with companies working in the digital service design sector who felt that graduates wishing to work in this area did not have the right skills to enter the industry at an appropriate level.


By the end of the course, you should be able to

• Model key aspects of digital service design requirements in an integrated and logical manner
• Demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the issues relevant to digital service design and their use in the context of modern industry and commercial environments
• Demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of digital service design methodologies and the role they play in business development
• Demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the professional skills necessary for effective digital service design in a business environment
• Reflect, critically and in-depth, on relevant aspects of the state-of-the art of both the practice and theory of digital service design

The School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics

The School

The School is home to two of the UK's highly-rated departments - Information Systems & Computing, and Mathematical Sciences, and has a large and thriving student population of over 1200 undergraduates, over 200 Masters students and 160 PhD students and over 70 academic staff. The School hosts seven world-class research centres in which our academics come together to pursue the cutting-edge research for which they are internationally renowned. We achieved excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, with more than half of our research activities classified as 'World-Leading' or 'Internationally Excellent', providing an excellent environment for PhD students. Our courses are actively informed by our research activities, ensuring that they are stimulating and highly informative, so that our graduates are ideally prepared to meet the challenges of modern society.

Professor David Gilbert, Head of School

Learn more about our departments

The School comprises two departments - Information Systems and Computing, and Mathematical Sciences - that together create a vibrant and talented research, teaching and learning community. Use the links below to visit the departments and to learn more about how we can help you achieve your learning, research and business goals.

Department of Information Systems and Computing
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Our mission is to drive forward the theory and practice in our subject areas through the interplay of research and teaching. So, if you are

a student who wishes to follow one of our undergraduate or masters courses, or to study for a PhD
an academic who is interested in collaborative research
someone from industry interested in Continuing Professional Development
we extend a very warm welcome to you - browse on!

Brunel University

Brunel is a campus-based university situated in Uxbridge, West London, and is home to nearly 15,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide. Founded in 1966, our distinctive mission is to combine teaching and research excellence with the practical and entrepreneurial approach pioneered by its namesake, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

A Research Intensive University

We place great value on the usefulness of our research, which improves our understanding of the world around us and informs up to the minute teaching. Research is responsible for much of our collaborative work with business, industry and the public sector, providing opportunities for work experience, and demonstrating our commitment to producing professionally-minded graduates that employers want to recruit.

The School of Information, Systems, Computing and Mathematics was awarded grants and contracts valued at £1.8m for the year ending 31 July 2009.

A Campus for the 21st Century

Brunel is a campus-based university, and students on site are never more than 10 minutes away from halls of residence, catering, social and sports facilities, lecture theatres, the Library, the Computer Centre or welfare services. We have invested £300 million redeveloping the campus in the last few years, with many new and refurbished social, teaching and sporting facilities, and more green spaces outside.

Striking 1960s architecture sits alongside outstanding modern designs, offset by gardens and interconnecting pathways. Facilities on campus include:

• UEFA-class football facilities, competition-standard athletics complex and refurbished sports and fitness centre;
• Extended library building, holding a hugely increased book and journal collection, more computer workstations and group study areas, an Assistive Technology Centre for disabled students, and a café;
• 34 halls of residence, including a new residential complex that brings our on-campus accommodation up to 4,549 rooms;
• New Health Sciences and Social Care building, opened by Her Majesty the Queen;
• Spectacular new Engineering and Design annex and atrium, including an impressive exhibition space;
• Student facilities complex with a stunning atrium entrance opening onto a dining space, bars, the Students’ Union and retail outlets.

Social Life

Social life on campus revolves around the Students’ Union, whose student-elected staff help provide you with the best possible experience. Brunel’s modern facilities, bars, refectory, shops, café, central atrium and refurbished nightclub provide the perfect setting for a night out, trying new activities or relaxing after lectures.

The Union is proud of the diversity of clubs and societies that you can join and even help run – everything from Animé Society to Snow Club. If your interests are not represented, they’ll help you start your own group.


• The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) judged 82% of our research to be of international standing, leading to 54.5% increase in our research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council, compared to the sector average increase of 7.8%.

• Brunel graduates enjoy the 13th highest starting salaries in the UK, according to the recent Sunday Times Good University Guide. Their average salary of £22,323 is almost £3,000 more than the national average.

• Brunel University officially has the best university facilities for disabled students in the UK, according to a recent report by Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.


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