University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Mathematics with Computer Science with Placement Year

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Course summary

Develop your mathematical knowledge, gain key computational skills, and join the growing technological industry with our BSc Mathematics with Computer Science with Placement degree. Gain desirable and in-demand skills across two disciplines and develop a thorough grounding in computer science, backed up by your in-depth mathematical knowledge. With learning roughly split into two-thirds mathematics and one-third computer science, this flexible, industry-relevant degree – located in the heart of the UK's digital technology sector – aims to prepare you for a wide range of careers. Topics of study in mathematics You'll join the University of Reading's Department of Mathematics and Statistics, where 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). On this course, topics of study in your first two years will include:

  • calculus
  • linear algebra
  • differential equations
  • numerical analysis.
Your second year will feature a skills module, designed to improve your transferable skills and enhance your employability. Support for the transition to university-level mathematics will be provided through small-group tutorials, seminars and events. You will also be encouraged to get involved with the Department's Staff Student Forums and the Student Teaching and Learning Group. Your degree will meet the requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (when followed by subsequent training and experience in employment in order to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught master's degrees). Developing skills in computer science Get to grips with key programming languages such as C++, Java, and Python. Areas of study from the Department of Computer Science include:
  • programming
  • software design
  • computer systems
  • networking and operations
  • web technology
  • computer security.
Placement Year This degree includes an integrated, year-long work placement between your second and final year. Both the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Computer Science have strong industry links, ensuring that our students are regularly offered fantastic placement, work experience and career opportunities. Our dedicated placements officer can offer advice and support to find your ideal placement, as well as developing your CV and interview skills.


The following modules have been approved in principle for delivery in 2024/25. Please note that as part of our current curriculum improvement process, all modules require final University approval and may be subject to change. Core modules:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Imperative Programming
  • Object-orientated Programming
  • Real Analysis
  • Differential Equations
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mathematical Modelling and Professional Skills
  • Numerical Analysis I
  • Programming in Python
  • Portfolio of Projects
  • Placement Year
The University cannot guarantee that all optional modules will be available to all students who may wish to take them. Further information about the content of final approved modules will be available between May and July 2023. We suggest that you regularly revisit this webpage during this time to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding the modules offered on this programme.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are usually two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BCC including Mathematics at grade B.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)88We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedBWe require a grade B or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 176 overall with no element less than 162.
PTE Academic69We require a minimum score of 69 overall with at least 59 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEMeritWe require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £27650 Year 1
International £27650 Year 1

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Mathematics with Computer Science with Placement Year at University of Reading - UCAS