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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Our BSc Mathematics is a well-rounded degree which can be tailored to meet your interests and is a stepping stone to a wide range of careers.Mathematics plays a key role in many aspects of modern life, from technological development to data analysis. If you enjoy problem-solving, then this could be the ideal course for you. It will also enable you to develop a range of skills that are highly desired by employers, including mathematical computing, communication skills and teamwork.During the first two years you will study the main aspects of mathematics and develop your knowledge in areas such as algebra, analysis, calculus and differential equations. 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 receive 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. You will also benefit from around 20 hours of contact time per week. Additionally, you can get involved with the Department's staff-student liaison committee, which enables you to have a direct input into the student experience.In the final year of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth. The vast majority of modules in this year are optional and include subjects from subjects from both pure and applied mathematics, and statistics, such as number theory, cryptography, mathematical biology, numerical analysis and multivariate data analysis. During this year you will also carry out a project on a mathematical or statistical topic and produce a report and presentation on it.This programme will meet 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 masters degrees.PlacementYou 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.As a four-year version of this course, you may also choose to study abroad for a year. See our study abroad page for more details.CareersYour mathematical knowledge – combined with computing, teamwork and presentation skills – will make you highly desirable to a range of employers.You may 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. Recent students have gone on to work for leading organisations from a wide variety of sectors including PepsiCo, the BBC, the Bank of East Asia and BAE Systems.Alternatively you can choose to further develop your skills by moving into research, teacher training or postgraduate studies.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 20,830per year

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

University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    39th

  • 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 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is 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

    38th out of 72 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    125 53%

    44th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    41st

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    44th

    18

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