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 activity||Percentage of graduates|
|Due to start work||1%|
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 sector||Number of graduates|
|Accounting and management consultancy||7|
|Finance and insurance||7|
|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
- Hargreaves Lansdown
- Financial Conduct Authority
Examples of occupations
- Actuarial Consultant
- Civil Service (Civil Service Fast Stream)
- Graduate Trader
- Big Data Engineer
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 type||Number of graduates|
|Postgraduate research degree||9|
|Postgraduate taught degree||10|
|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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