Mathematics graduate destinations

Many Mathematics graduates enter fields where their combination of analytical, numerical and communication skills are valued.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Mathematics courses (BSc), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 155 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 80.7%

Sector information

Regular recruitment sectors include actuarial work, operational research, government statistical and security services, engineering and management consultancy, IT, investment banking, financial modelling, accountancy and teaching.

As 70% of all graduate vacancies don’t ask for specific degree subjects, mathematicians will also find many openings in fields unrelated to their degree. Bristol Maths graduates have entered a whole spectrum of careers from law, community work and sports coaching to filmmaking and the music business.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Willis Towers Watson
  • Civil Service
  • KPMG
  • Hargreaves Lansdown
  • Financial Conduct Authority

Examples of occupations

  • Actuarial Consultant
  • Civil Service (Civil Service Fast Stream)
  • Analyst
  • Graduate Trader
  • Big Data Engineer

Further study

Many want a career where they can use particularly high level mathematical skills, such as research within universities, engineering, industry, financial institutions and public services.

To achieve this it is often necessary to go on to postgraduate study and a significant number choose to do this, e.g. Mathematics (PhD), Economics (MRes), Complex Systems Modelling (MSc). Teaching is also appealing, with a number of Mathematics graduates from 2016/17 undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

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I attended many Careers Service events and workshops which I found greatly useful, particularly case study events run by companies like Unilever and Mars. Getting exposure to graduates who were recently students was invaluable in understanding what companies are looking for in their recruitment processes as well as what their jobs entailed.
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Rory, Audit Associate, Deloitte (BSc Mathematics, 2014)

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