BSc Mathematics with a Placement Year
Develop core skills and knowledge, and tailor your learning to the areas of maths you’re most passionate about, with our flexible BSc Mathematics with a Placement Year degree.
If you'd like to learn alongside enthusiastic, like-minded mathematicians, play to your strengths with a wide range of modules, and align your studies with your career aspirations, this could be the ideal course for you. This four-year degree includes an integrated, year-long work placement.
Choose BSc Mathematics with a Placement Year at the University of Reading
- The University of Reading is in the top 100 in the world for Physical Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023, by Subject).
- 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).
- Your degree will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications when followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught master's degrees.
Your first two years will cover the main aspects of mathematics and develop your knowledge in areas such as:
- differential equations.
The second year features a skills module, designed to improve your transferable skills and enhance your employability. You'll explore topics such as mathematical computing, communication and teamwork.
You'll also have the option to select modules from outside our Department. For example, you could opt for the Climate Change: Causes and Consequences module led by the Department of Meteorology, or learn a language through the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP).
In the final year of your degree, you'll focus your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth. The majority of modules in this year are optional, and include subjects from pure and applied mathematics or statistics, including:
- number theory and cryptography
- dynamical systems and applications
- numerical analysis
You will also undertake mathematical and/or statistical project work.
Throughout your degree, we'll extend your skills, knowledge and resilience and play to your strengths, tailoring your degree to suit developing career aspirations.
This degree includes an integrated, year-long work placement between your second and final year.
We offer a variety of placements – in areas such as finance, statistics or modelling – to provide you with valuable experience and insight into industry.
Our dedicated placements officer can offer advice and support to find your ideal placement, as well as developing your CV and interview skills.
Hear more about our students' placement experiences
- Alice Winduss took full advantage of the opportunities available during her degree, including a work placement, using her skills to land a role working at the University of Reading.
- Sally Cockayne completed a placement as a student statistician at GSK, allowing her to gain valuable experience and helping her decide on a future career.
- Gwen Perry had a positive experience during her placement with Thames Water, supporting her aspirations in statistics.
A supportive learning community
In the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, we are passionate about creating a friendly, inclusive learning environment.
You'll be taught by academics with a wealth of experience in industry, who are actively contributing to relevant research in a wide range of areas. Our real-world expertise will enhance your learning and understanding, keeping you updated with the latest developments in mathematics.
We aim to:
- deliver high-quality, interactive teaching
- collaborate with students to create an exceptional learning environment
- develop your knowledge and skills through varied teaching and assessment methods
- boost your confidence in mathematics and preparing 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 our Department's Student Staff Partnership Group, enabling you to have a direct input into the student experience.
97% of students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics said our teaching staff were good or very good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2023).
As part of your degree, you could choose to spend two weeks, a semester, 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, visit the Study Abroad website.