Mathematics and Psychology 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 and Psychology with Placement Year at University of Reading

Enhance your problem-solving abilities and employment prospects on this varied and exciting course.

Mathematical techniques can be applied to psychology, in areas such as the modelling of the brain, neuroscience and research methods. If you enjoy studying quantitative and essay subjects side by side, then this course is ideal for you. You will spend roughly equal amounts of time studying each subject and will gain valuable industry experience through a year-long work placement. This degree enables you to move on to a wide range of careers or pursue further training to become a professional psychologist.

In mathematics you will study areas such as calculus, analysis, linear algebra, differential equations and numerical analysis. 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. 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 psychology you will study the subjects required for BPS accreditation, including cognition, neuroscience, development, personality and social psychology. Additionally, you will be able to take advantage of the school's neuroimaging facilities, observation rooms and research laboratories. We also have three in-house NHS clinics, an independent Centre for Autism, and the world-renowned Charlie Waller Institute for Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments on site.

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 areas of the course such as mathematical biology, cognitive and affective neuroscience, and behavioural economics. During this year you will carry out an original piece of research on a psychology topic of your choice. You may have the opportunity to present your work at conferences, and a number of past projects have won awards from the BPS and British Neuroscience Association.


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 wide a variety of maths-related roles including 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, as well writing a CV and interview skills, by 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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