Mathematics with Placement Year (BSc)

University of Reading the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 19330 per year

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About Mathematics with Placement Year at University of Reading

Develop a broad knowledge of mathematics and improve your employability with a year in industry.

Mathematics plays a key role in many aspects of modern life, from technological development to data analysis. If you enjoy problem-solving, then this could be the ideal course for you. It will also enable you to develop a range of skills that are highly desired by employers, including mathematical computing, communication skills and teamwork. Furthermore, you can gain valuable industry experience through a year-long paid placement.

During the first two years you will study the main aspects of mathematics and develop your knowledge in areas such as algebra, analysis, calculus and differential equations. In the second year you will also take a skills module, which is designed to improve your transferable skills and enhance your employability.

You will be given plenty of support to help you get the most out of your studies, including small group problem-solving tutorials and materials to help you manage the transition to university-level mathematics. You will also benefit from around 20 hours of contact time per week. Additionally, you can get involved with the Department's Staff Student Forums and the Student Teaching and Learning Group, which enable you to have a direct input into the student experience.

In the final year of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth. The vast majority of modules in this year are optional and include subjects from both pure and applied mathematics, and statistics, such as number theory, cryptography, mathematical biology, numerical analysis and multivariate data analysis. During this year you will also carry out a project on a mathematical or statistical topic and produce a report and presentation on it.

This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.


Between your second and final year you will carry out a paid industrial training placement, lasting around 12 months. Placements can be located anywhere in the UK, and occasionally take place abroad.

You could take on a wide variety of roles such as statistician, business analyst, actuarial intern and radiation protection scientist. You will also have the chance to work for a range of national and international organisations such as Microsoft, IBM, SAP or the NHS.

You will be given advice and support for finding the ideal placement, writing a CV and improving your interview technique by our dedicated placements officer.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 19330 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Subject to the Government passing legislation to raise the minimum fee cap, we will raise undergraduate tuition fees from £9,000 to £9,250 for new UK/EU students applying to start courses in the 2017/18 academic year. You will not be affected by this rise if you have deferred entry to the 2017/18 academic year. The Government will confirm future arrangements for EU students in due course.

Entry requirements

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5

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