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Develop your knowledge of mathematics alongside key computational skills such as programming.
The modern world is increasingly reliant on computers and digital information, and this degree will provide you with skills highly prized by a vast range of employers. You will be given a thorough grounding in computer science, backed up by an in-depth knowledge of mathematics. The split between the two subjects is roughly two-thirds mathematics and one-third computer science.
In mathematics, you will study areas such as calculus, linear algebra, differential equations and numerical analysis. In the second year you will also take a skills module, which is aimed at improving your transferable skills and enhancing your employability. This subject will appeal to anyone who enjoys problem-solving and wants to hone their analytical skills. Additionally, there is a shortage of mathematics skills in the UK and therefore this knowledge is highly prized by employers.
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 computer science, you will explore key subjects such as programming, algorithms and operating systems. You will get to grips with several programming languages including C++, C# and Java. These are essential skills for computer scientists and are highly desired by employers.We also have superb links with industry. Many of the world’s high-tech and IT industries have their UK or European headquarters within a 10-mile radius of the University and often employ our students after graduation.
In the final year of the degree you can develop your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth. The majority of modules in this year are optional and include subjects from both areas of the course such as data mining, cryptography, virtual reality or number theory. During this year you will also carry out a project on a mathematical 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.
You may choose to carry out a summer placement in an area such as finance or information technology in order to gain an insight into industry and 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 placement coordinator, working with the Careers Team.
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 or actuarial work.
Furthermore, Reading is at the heart of the Thames Valley; the capital of the UK’s high-tech industry. Top multinational businesses, such as Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Fujitsu, Cisco and IBM, are located within 10 miles of the University. Many of the companies we work with visit the University in order to recruit our best graduates.
Alternatively you can choose to further develop your skills by moving into research, teacher training or postgraduate studies.
Sample modules may include:
*Foundations of mathematics
*Real analysis I
*Fundamentals of computer science
Check our website for more details of the site structure.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||ABC||including Mathematics at grade A|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Not accepted|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 18 credits
M: 27 credits
|including at least 12 level 3 credits in Mathematics|
|Scottish Higher||ABBBB||including Mathematics at grade A|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, M2, M3||including Mathematics at Grade D3|
|Extended Project||B||In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer. Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 points||including Mathematics at grade 6 at Higher Level|
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B||We require a grade B or 193 overall.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or 200 overall.|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||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).|
|Institution's Own Test||6.5||Test 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).|
|PTE Academic||64.0||We require a minimum score of 64 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.|
|Trinity ISE||Merit||We require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.|
Full list of acceptable English Language Tests
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|