Mathematics with Placement Year (MMath)

University of Reading the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 19330 per year

All study options

About Mathematics with Placement Year at University of Reading

Develop your mathematics knowledge to a masters level and gain a valuable insight into industry.

Develop an in-depth understanding of a subject that touches on every aspect of society and the natural world, from the physics of the oceans to the modelling of financial markets. This masters-level degree will allow you to pursue your specific interests, whether you enjoy pure or applied mathematics. You can also gain valuable industry experience through a year-long paid placement.

Additionally, the course is approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and enables you to apply for Chartered Mathematician status following graduation. It is particularly ideal if you are considering a career as a research mathematician.

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.

The next two years are predominantly made up of optional modules, enabling you to tailor the course to suit your interests. These can include areas such as applied analysis, computational modelling, theoretical polymer physics, probability and statistics. One third of your final year will be made up of a guided research project, for which you will be given one-to-one supervision by an academic member of staff with expertise in your chosen area. This will culminate in a report and presentation.

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.


Between your second and third years 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 interview skills, 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 awardMMathHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study5 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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