BSc Mathematics with Finance and Investment Banking with a Placement Year
Expand your mathematical knowledge, gain practical experience, and help prepare yourself for a professional career on our BSc Mathematics with Finance and Investment Banking with a Placement Year course.
Study a wide range of topics from statistics to foreign exchange, and experience the thrill of live markets. This flexible degree will help you to develop your skills - including how to code.
Choose mathematics at Reading
You will study mathematics for approximately two thirds of the course.
Join the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and become a part of a supportive, interactive and accomplished learning community.
Taught by expert staff with extensive teaching and research experience, you'll work collaboratively across a range of topics in pure and applied mathematics. Modules are informed by our world-leading research, and include areas such as:
- numerical analysis
- linear algebra
- differential equations
Your second year will feature a skills module, designed to improve your transferrable skills and enhance your employability. In your final year, you will produce a report and do a presentation on a mathematical project.
This course meets the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation when followed by subsequent training and experience.
Finance and investment banking
Finance and investment banking will make up the remaining third of your degree.
Guided by the triple-accredited Henley Business School, you will have access to the latest investment management technology, including our three dealing rooms, equipped with Bloomberg and Thomsen Reuters Eikon terminals.
You will have the opportunity to manage the risk of a $50-100 million trading book, quote two-way prices, take positions, and immerse yourself in the financial industry.
We pride ourselves in our high-quality teaching, which will be delivered through a wide range of approaches, such as:
- group tutorials
- group presentations
- open debate.
This degree includes an integrated, year-long, paid industrial placement between your second and your final year.
You could undertake a placement in the finance, logistics or technology sectors, at a range of national and international organisations such as Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and the NHS.
Our dedicated placements officer can provide advice and support to help you find your ideal placement, as well as developing your CV and interview skills.
You can also undertake summer placements throughout your degree if you wish to.
Visit the Important Information page for more details on securing and completing a placement year.
Tailor your degree
In your final year, you will be able to explore areas of interest in greater depth.
Alongside your mathematical research project, you will choose from a range of optional modules such as:
- Management of risk
- Fluid mechanics
- Financial engineering
- Mathematical biology
- Applied stochastic processes.
Support across your studies
Support for the transition to university-level mathematics will be provided through weekly drop-in sessions, and our peer-assisted learning scheme.
You will also be encouraged to get involved with the Department of Mathematics' Staff Student Forums and the Student Teaching and Learning Group.
With support and guidance from the University, you can choose to spend two weeks, a semester, or an academic year of your degree studying abroad.
Visit the Study Abroad website for more information about the possibilities and benefits of studying abroad.