BSc Mathematics and Meteorology with a Placement Year
Develop expertise across mathematics, meteorology and environmental physical science, and gain vital industry experience with our BSc Mathematics and Meteorology with a Placement Year course.
You'll learn from academics who are experts in their field, many of whom have contributed to vital research, textbooks and journal papers that you'll study. Our research excellence feeds directly into your learning, keeping you abreast of the latest developments in mathematics and meteorology.
Choose BSc Mathematics and Meteorology with a Placement Year at the University of Reading
- Our BSc Mathematics and Meteorology with a Placement year course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics & its Applications to meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician status.
- The course is also approved by the Royal Meteorological Society as appropriate academic training for meteorologists seeking the qualification Chartered Meteorologist.
- We are ranked 4th in the world for Atmospheric Science (ShanghaiRanking 2022, Global Ranking of Academic Subjects).
- In the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 98% of our research is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' and 100% of our research impact has been classed 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Mathematical Sciences)
Develop core mathematical skills and knowledge
In the first year, you'll take a number of introductory modules designed to manage the transition to university-level mathematics. These modules will provide you with core skills and knowledge, building upon your previous mathematical studies.
Your first-year modules will include:
- Foundations of Mathematics
- Linear Algebra.
In the second year, you'll develop your expertise with more advanced topics such as:
- Real Analysis
- Differential Equations
- Vector Calculus.
The final year of your degree will allow you to focus your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth. The majority of modules in this year are optional, covering topics in pure and applied mathematics.
You will also undertake a project on a mathematical or meteorological topic.
Gain a broad knowledge of meteorology and environmental physical science
In your first year, you'll explore the basic concepts and terminology of weather systems around the globe. You will focus on the physics of the atmosphere and oceans, gaining solid scientific knowledge of the Earth's weather and climate.
Your first-year modules will cover:
- Introduction to Meteorology
- Weather and Climate Fundamentals.
In the second year, you'll use the skills and concepts introduced in Year One to conduct a thorough investigation of how the atmosphere and oceans evolve and develop, across timescales from seconds to centuries.
Second-year modules will include:
- Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics
- Atmospheric Physics
- Numerical Methods for Environmental Science.
Your final-year modules will cover the essentials of climate science and climate change, as well as optional modules that enable you to explore your areas of interest. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a meteorological project.
This degree includes an integrated, year-long work placement between your second and final year of study.
Whether you wish to focus on maths or meteorology, our dedicated placements officer can provide support to find your ideal placement, along with tailored advice on developing your CV and interview skills.
A supportive learning community
As a student of mathematics and meteorology at the University of Reading, you'll be a member of two friendly, inclusive and collaborative communities of students and staff.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers an exceptional learning environment, where we strive to:
- deliver high-quality, interactive teaching
- develop your knowledge and skills through varied teaching and assessment methods
- boost your confidence in mathematics and prepare you for employment.
In addition to regular contact time with your lecturers, you'll receive plenty of support, including:
- small group problem-solving tutorials
- materials to help you manage the transition to university-level mathematics.
You'll also be encouraged to join the Department's staff-student liaison committee, enabling you to have a direct input into the student experience.
Department of Meteorology
The Department of Meteorology at Reading provides an excellent student experience; in the National Student Survey 2022, we achieved a 100% score for overall student satisfaction.
Many of our outstanding teaching staff are world leaders in their fields: a number are authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) or Fellows of the Royal Society.
Our meteorology teaching involves an exciting mixture of lectures, laboratory classes, practical weather forecasting and fieldwork.
Meet our students
- Read about Marcus Denton's experiences studying maths at Reading
- Learn how Sabrina Lee's meteorology degree led to a career as a BBC weather forecaster
As part of your degree, you could choose to spend two weeks, a term, or an academic year abroad.
We'll help you to decide where to go and for how long, guide you through the application process, and support you while you're abroad.
To find out more about the benefits of studying abroad, and discover where you could go, please visit the Study Abroad website.