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Mathematical Sciences


As a maths graduate, you will be equipped with a range of numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills that are highly valued by employers and will enable you to progress into a wide range employment sectors. 

As well as being able to speak the fundamental language of science and engineering, those with advanced mathematical skills have the ability to understand, analyse and interpret complex data, which is invaluable in many employment sectors.

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The developing job market for mathematicians

The common language of mathematics has become increasingly important across the employment sector. Maths graduates benefit from opportunities to work in a range of sectors, and the flexibility to change career directions as required. The most popular employment sectors nationally for maths graduates to progress into are:

  • Business, HR and finance professionals (42%)
  • IT professionals (12%)
  • Education professionals (9%)

Source: What do graduates do? (HECSU 2018)

However, career opportunities are continually expanding. In particular, the role of ‘analyst’ has recently emerged strongly in a range of both new and traditional businesses in which there is greater emphasis on algorithmic approaches arising from digital technology, the use of large data sets, security, communication and computer-based technology.

Computer-based mathematical modelling of commercial and industrial processes, as well as scientific, is of vital importance to many employers - the use of such models usually requires good mathematical insight and the development of these models can require advanced mathematical skills.

What skills will I gain during my degree?

The Prospects website outlines the following skills you can expect to gain from a maths degree:

  • investigating, analysing and interpreting data, finding patterns and drawing conclusions
  • information technology
  • approaching problems in an analytical and rigorous way, formulating theories and applying them to solve problems
  • dealing with abstract concepts
  • presenting mathematical arguments and conclusions with accuracy and clarity
  • advanced numeracy and analysing large quantities of data and logical thinking.

You also develop key general skills that all employers expect, including:

  • communication skills
  • time management
  • organisational skills
  • working methodically and accurately
  • decision-making skills

How can I develop my skills and experience during my degree?

Module choices

Consider taking advantage of modules and activities within the school which will help develop your employability skills such as the PASS mentoring scheme and the Vocational Maths module.

Work experience 

Summer internships are also a great way to gain experience.

Nottingham Internships Scheme, for example, offers a range of local paid internships with companies in Nottingham, and other sources of vacancies are listed on our work experience pages.

Find out more about work experience opportunities

Year in Industry

If you want to work in the scientific sector, it is worth thinking about doing a year in industry if you are not already registered on this course. Talk to your tutor during your first or second year if you would be interested in transferring to the  year in industry option.

As part of this, it is possible to gain accreditation from the Science Council as a Registered Scientist (RSci)

Careers fairs and employer events

Attend sector specific careers fairs and employer events to find out more about career sectors and employers of interest.

Our events programme


There are lots of opportunities to volunteer locally through:

Students' Union Student Volunteer Centre

Nottingham CVS


There are lots of opportunities to volunteer locally through:

Students' Union Student Volunteer Centre

Nottingham CVS

Students' Union 

Get involved in activities including volunteering and societies such as MathSoc. Students with an interest in business and finance could also join societies such as Enactus.

Students' Union

Students in Classrooms

There are three initiatives which will give you the opportunity to work in a local educational setting.  These initiatives support the academic attainment and raise the aspirations of primary and secondary pupils, whilst developing the skills and employability of those involved. 

These are excellent opportunities for students considering teaching, youth work or community engagement as a career.

Students in Classrooms

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers a range of modules to help you expand, develop and evidence your skills and experience during your time at university. 

Nottingham Advantage Award


What are the range of careers graduates enter and who employs them?

The roles and companies below are examples from the destinations of recent Nottingham maths graduates.

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) has a dedicated careers website for undergraduates and graduates.

  • Accountancy Graduate Scheme
  • Actuarial Pricing Analyst
  • Actuary Trainee
  • Audit Associate
  • Credit Risk Modeller
  • Cyber Security Associate
  • Data Analyst
  • Graduate Analyst
  • Graduate Trainee Banking Consultant
  • Graduate User Interface Engineer
  • Statistical Officer
  • Tax Specialist Trainee
  • Teacher of Maths
  • Technology Analyst
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Trainee Developer
  • Barclays
  • CQM
  • Deloitte
  • Direct Line
  • FDM
  • KPMG
  • Hawsons
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Home Office
  • IBM
  • Isba
  • Lloyds
  • Massive Interactive
  • PwC
  • Saga Services
  • Towers Watson

What further study options do graduates go on to?

The courses below are examples from the destinations of recent Nottingham maths graduates.


  • Maths
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Quantum Engineering
  • Fluid Dynamics

Other postgraduate study

  • MSc Statistics
  • MSc Financial Mathematics
  • PGCE Secondary Maths

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