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Tailor your degree

We design our undergraduate courses with flexibility and choice in mind. This allows you to shape your studies to match your strengths, interests and ambitions.

The University of Reading is in the top 125 in the world for Physical Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024, by Subject).

Our leading research informs our exciting array of optional modules in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. We provide the opportunity to switch courses after your first year as you hone your knowledge and your career plans develop.

Learn more about our flexible courses


High-quality, interactive teaching

Our expert staff draw on their extensive experience in teaching, research and consultancy. They take a collaborative approach to mathematical problem-solving: you'll work together to apply core principles to complex questions.

You'll have the chance to have direct input into the way that we teach through our student-staff partnership group.

Learn more about our staff

Supportive learning community

You will enjoy an enviable staff-student ratio, with a personalised focus on your education.

Join an inclusive community which will help you grow in confidence and reach your goals. We recognise the importance of strong staff-student relationships, and nurture these through one-to-one tutorials. 

In your first year, we place an emphasis on supporting you with the transition to university-level mathematics through our small-group sessions, peer-assisted learning scheme and weekly tutorials. 

89% of students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics said that teaching staff supported their learning well or very well (National Student Survey, 2023).


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Learn coding skills

Our world is increasingly reliant on computers and digital information, and the digital economy is growing rapidly in the UK and internationally. This means that graduates with coding and programming skills are in high demand from today's employers.

All our courses include a module where you'll learn how to code, honing your skills in our well-equipped PC labs. 

We also offer a BSc Mathematics with Computer Science degree which allows you to develop your computational skills in more depth.

Your career

Our graduates progress into a range of exciting careers. Overall, 90% of graduates from Mathematics and Statistics are in work or further study within 15 months of graduation (based on our analysis of HESA data © HESA 2024, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021/22; includes first degree Mathematics and Statistics responders).


Our graduates have progressed to work for a broad range of organisations including:


  • Abbot Diabetes Care (pharmaceutical)
  • Hotel Chocolat (retail)
  • Lloyds Banking Group (banking)
  • Department for Work and Pensions (civil service)


We ensure that you have the opportunity to develop the transferable skills that employers are looking for, particularly through our dedicated skills-based modules.

We support our students to gain vital real-world work experience. All our courses are available with a placement year in industry, and we encourage all students to seek out relevant short placements between semesters. We have a thriving work shadowing programme. We also offer a number of volunteering opportunities such as delivering outreach sessions in schools, which are perfect for those thinking of pursuing a career in teaching.

Doing a placement is a great opportunity to meet new people and experience working life. You also get time to think about where you want your career to go, and decide if your placement is in the industry which satisfies you the most.

Anisa Jeetoo

Department of Mathematics and Statistics graduate

Study abroad

Depending on your course, you could spend two weeks, a semester, or an academic year abroad. This can be part of a standard three-year degree, an extended four-year degree, or a shorter length of time such as a summer school.

We’ll help you decide where to go and for how long, guide you through the application process, and support you when you’re abroad.

Learn more about Study Abroad 


Our research

Our research makes an impact around the world. You'll learn from active researchers who are experts in their field, and write the textbooks and journal articles from which you'll learn.

Alice's story

I learned a range of transferable skills that are very useful in my current role. The lecturers are very engaging and passionate about their area.

Alice Winduss

BSc Mathematics graduate


Life in the Department

You'll study in a supportive learning environment and build close staff-student relationships. We'll help you maximise your potential and achieve your personal and academic goals.

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