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 and MSci), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 112 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 60.9%

Destinations

Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 67%
Self-employment/freelancing 2%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 1%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 1%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 12%
Taking time out to travel 5%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 10%
Doing something else 3%

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, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy

9

Other activities auxiliary to insurance and pension funding

3

General secondary education

3

Information technology consultancy activities

3

Non-life insurance

3
Other sectors (29 sectors) 36

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

  • KPMG
  • Newton Europe
  • PwC
  • Sparta Global
  • Welsh Assembly Government

Examples of occupations

  • Data Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Software Developer
  • Data Scientist
  • Project Manager/Head of Strategic Marketing

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.

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)

31%

Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)

23%

Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)

38%

Professional qualification

8%

Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

0%
Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 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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