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%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 60%
Part-time work 7%
Due to start work 1%
Full-time study 15%
Part-time study 1%
Travel 10%
Something else 1%
Unemployed 4%

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.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Accounting and management consultancy 7
Finance and insurance 7
I.T. 14
Education 11
Recruitment 9
Other sectors (13 sectors) 31

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).

Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 9
Postgraduate taught degree 10
Postgraduate certificate 3
First degree 0
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 1
Other qualification 1
No qualification aim 0

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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The careers fair was really helpful just to see what sort of companies existed, because I didn’t really have any idea before that! Getting involved in Careers events such as insight days at companies and seeing what information you can gauge about roles you might be interested in is so useful."

Praveenaa (BSc Mathematics, 2019), Audit Graduate, KPMG

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