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Mathematics and Meteorology 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

    3 Years

Course summary

On our BSc Mathematics and Meteorology course you will explore the physics of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans in a mathematical context whilst learning how to build effective numerical models.Modern weather forecasting and climate prediction rely upon accurate numerical modelling of the atmosphere and oceans. This course will enable you to develop your mathematics skills whilst gaining a broad knowledge of meteorology and environmental physical science. You'll spend roughly equal amounts of time studying each subject.In mathematics you'll study the theory and application of differential equations, calculus, analysis and linear algebra. You will be given plenty of support, 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.In meteorology you will explore the inner workings of weather systems from a physical and dynamic viewpoint. The course is theory-based and will cover subjects such as atmospheric physics, numerical methods, climate change, and weather and climate fundamentals. In the second year you will also take a skills module, which is designed to improve your transferable skills and enhance your employability.In the final year of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring your own areas of interest. Half of the modules offered are optional and include subjects from both areas of the course such as water waves, fluid mechanics and oceanography. During this year you will complete either a meteorological or mathematical research project.This programme meets the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is 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.It is also approved by the Royal Meteorological Society as appropriate academic training for meteorologists seeking the qualifications of Chartered Meteorologist (CMet) or Registered Meteorologist (RMet).These courses 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 competencies to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught master’s degrees.**Placement**You may choose to carry out a summer placement in an area such as finance, statistics or modelling in order to gain an insight into industry and gain valuable experience.Alternatively, you can opt to take the four-year version of this course, incorporating a year in industry. You will be given advice and support for finding the ideal placement, as well for writing a CV and improving your interview skills, by our dedicated placements officer.**Careers**As a mathematics graduate, you can choose to work as a mathematician for public sector organisations such as health authorities or the Office for National Statistics, or in the private sector including commerce and information technology. You could also move into a range of related careers such as accountancy, financial analysis, engineering, computing or actuarial work.Your meteorological knowledge will enable you to work as a forecaster or research scientist at a national organisation, such as the Met Office or Environment Agency, or a commercial company. Financial businesses also employ weather forecasters to advise traders of the possible impact of the weather on prices of commodities. A number of our graduates now work in this area.Alternative

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 23,000 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

    37th out of 72 1

  • 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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