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Mathematics

Employment prospects are excellent in industry, commerce, finance, the civil service, scientific research and all levels of teaching.

Mathematics is a wide-ranging and important subject based around a particular way of thinking about the world. Graduates will find their problem solving and numerical skills highly sought after across a wide range of careers. To take this diversity into account, our degrees have been produced in a flexible modular form, with a range of specialist options available later in the programme.

There is a strong emphasis on transferable skills training throughout our programmes, including a careers course, a project preparation skills course and a dissertation-based project. This emphasis on careers contributes to our high graduate employment rates with internationally leading companies.

Programmes

Skills gained

  • Broad knowledge and understanding of modern mathematics
  • Detailed understanding of certain specific areas of mathematics
  • Ability to formulate and solve complex real-world problems in mathematical language
  • Flexible and rigorous approach to problem solving
  • Confidence in technical writing and communication.

Professional recognition and exemptions

Up to seven exemptions from actuarial profession examinations are available from the Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences degree.