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Mathematics and Economics with a Placement Year BSc (Hons)

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

With our BSc Mathematics and Economics course you will learn how mathematics and economics affect society at every level, from the inner workings of businesses to advances in new technology.This course will enable you to develop your skills as a mathematician whilst gaining a strong grounding in the conceptual underpinnings of economics. You will spend equal amounts of time studying each subject. Furthermore, you can gain valuable industry experience through a year-long paid placement.In mathematics you will study areas such as calculus, analysis, linear algebra, differential equations and numerical analysis. In the second year you will also take a skills module, which is designed to improve your transferable skills and enhance your employability.You will be given plenty of support to help you get the most out of your studies, including small group problem-solving tutorials and materials to help you manage the transition to university-level mathematics. Additionally, you can get involved with the Department's Staff Student Forums and the Student Teaching and Learning Group, which enable you to have a direct input into the student experience.In economics you will explore both macroeconomics and microeconomics. During the second year, you can choose to include either econometrics or economic theory. In addition to traditional lectures, you will take part in group tutorials in which you can discuss and analyse theory and practice through case studies, group presentations and open debate. You can also apply what you learn to a placement and gain valuable real-world experience at the same time.In the final year of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth. Half of the modules in this year are optional and include subjects from both areas of the course such as business and financial forecasting, econometric methods and applied stochastic processes. During this year you will either complete an economics dissertation or a mathematical research project.**Placement**Between your second and final year you will carry out a paid industrial training placement, lasting around 12 months. Placements can be located anywhere in the UK, and occasionally take place abroad.You could take on a wide variety of roles such as statistician, business analyst, actuarial intern and radiation protection scientist. You will also have the chance to work for a range of national and international organisations such as Microsoft, IBM, SAP or the NHS.You will be given advice and support for finding the ideal placement, as well writing a CV and interview skills, by our placements officer.**Careers**Your mathematical and economics knowledge combined with computing, teamwork and presentation skills will make you highly desirable to a range of employers.As a mathematics graduate, you can choose to work as a mathematician or statistician for public sector organisations, such as health authorities or the Office for National Statistics, or areas of the private sector including commerce and information technology. Furthermore, you can move into a range of related careers such as accountancy, financial analysis, engineering, modelling, computing or actuarial work.Your economics skills will open the door to economist roles with the Government Economic Service or in a consultancy such as PwC and KPMG. You can also enter a wide range of other fields, including business, marketing, publishing, PR and the media.Alternatively you can choose to further develop your skills by moving into research, teacher training or postgraduate studies.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 23,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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including Mathematics at grade A. If you place us as your Firm choice we will accept you with one grade lower than this, including accepting a B in Maths at A level. (e.g. BBC with Maths at B or ABD with Maths at either A or B).

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University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    36th

  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 25,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    43rd out of 80 3

    37th out of 72 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 233
    119 54%

    40th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78.0 78%

    36th

    18
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.89 78%

    52nd

    18
  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    122 51%

    46th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82.0 82%

    26th

    15
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.03 81%

    40th

    4

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