BSc Mathematics with Computer Science with a Placement Year
Develop your mathematical knowledge, gain key computational skills, and join the growing technological industry with our BSc Mathematics with Computer Science with a Placement Year degree.
Gain desirable and in-demand skills across two disciplines and develop a thorough grounding in computer science, backed up by your in-depth mathematical knowledge.
With learning roughly split into two-thirds mathematics and one-third computer science, this flexible, industry-relevant degree – located in the heart of the UK's digital technology sector – aims to prepare you for a wide range of careers.
Topics of study in mathematics
You'll join the University of Reading's Department of Mathematics and Statistics, where 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).
During your studies you will look at the core topics of mathematics, extending your knowledge of differentiation and integration to greater dimensions. You will discuss the need for proofs in the rigorous study of mathematics, as well as exploring topics such as the famous ‘twin prime conjecture’.
Support for the transition to university-level mathematics will be provided through small-group tutorials, seminars and events. You will also be encouraged to get involved with the Department's Staff Student Forums and the Student Teaching and Learning Group.
Your degree will meet the requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (when followed by subsequent training and experience in employment in order to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught master's degrees).
Developing skills in computer science
You will acquire key computational skills, including programming in Python – one of the most popular programming languages in the world – focusing on how to use the programming language to write scripts for performing data analytics with large data sets. During your studies you will also learn about the fundamentals of programming and artificial intelligence, equipping you with practical problem-solving skills to tackle real-world problems.
This degree includes an integrated, year-long work placement between your second and final year.
Both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Computer Science have strong industry links, ensuring that our students are regularly offered fantastic placement, work experience and career opportunities.
Our dedicated placements officer can offer advice and support to find your ideal placement, as well as developing your CV and interview skills.
Shaping your degree in BSc Mathematics with Computer Science
In your final year, you can tailor your studies to suit your developing interests and career aspirations. Explore complementary topics such as data mining, virtual reality, cryptography and number theory, without compromising your core set of knowledge and skills.
A mathematics report and presentation will be required alongside your optional modules.