University of Reading

Mathematics and Meteorology University of Reading Degree level: Undergraduate

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Develop your knowledge of mathematics within an environmental context.

This course will enable you to develop your mathematics skills whilst gaining a broad knowledge of meteorology and environmental physical science. You will spend roughly equal amounts of time studying each subject and will gain valuable industry experience through a year-long work placement. This degree is ideal if you are considering a career applying mathematical techniques to environmental problems.

In mathematics, you will study the theory and application of differential equations, underpinned by a knowledge of calculus, analysis and linear algebra. 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. This fascinating subject will appeal to anyone who enjoys problem-solving and wants to hone their analytical skills.

We are ranked 2nd in the world for research in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (World University Rankings by Subject, 2017). 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. A skills module in second year is designed to improve your transferable skills and enhance your employability. We achieved a student satisfaction score of 100% for the quality of our courses in the latest National Student Survey, 2017.

Many of our teaching staff are world leaders in their fields and a number are Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors and Fellows of the Royal Society. We also have a Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science. The University is one of only 19 institutes in the UK to have been awarded one of these prestigious positions by Her Majesty the Queen.

In your final year you can develop your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth; optional modules can 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 course 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. 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).

Careers

This course will make you ideally placed for a career applying mathematical techniques to environmental problems. For example, you could carry out flood modelling or pollution prediction for organisations such as the Environment Agency.

As a mathematics graduate, you could work as a mathematician for public sector organisations, such as the Office for National Statistics, or areas of the private sector including commerce and information technology. You could also move into a range of related careers in 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 UK Met Office, or a commercial company. Financial businesses are increasingly employing weather forecasters to advise traders of the possible outcomes of the weather on prices of commodities, and a number of our graduates now work in this area.

Alternatively you can choose to further develop your skills by moving into research, teacher training or postgraduate studies.

Course details

Modules

Sample modules may include:

  • Foundations of mathematics
  • Calculus
  • Linear algebra
  • Introduction to meteorology
  • Weather and climate fundamentals

Check our website for more details of the course structure.


How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

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Course code GF19
Institution code R12
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
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: 15 credits
M: 30 credits
including at least 15 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

Test Grade Additional details
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

http://www.reading.ac.uk/ad-EnglishTests.aspx


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £20,315 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of Reading
Whiteknights House
PO Box 217
Reading
RG6 6AH


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