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What can I do with a maths degree?

BlackboardStudying maths can be its own reward - but what do you do next? Find out where maths could take you.

Academia

If you’re really passionate about maths - especially pure maths - than an academic career could be the best way to continue exploring it. After your degree, the path to an academic career starts with a PhD. From there, you’ll usually do postdoctoral study before looking for jobs at universities.

As well as research and teaching students, academics have a lot of flexibility to do things like communication and outreach work as part of their jobs.

Academia is very competitive and will require very good results at degree level.

Finance

Finance is a very popular career for mathematics graduates, both because employers want their skills and because it can be very highly paid. Find out more about working in finance.

Teaching

Maths teaching is a great option for anyone who loves communicating maths and passing on their passion. Maths teachers are in high demand, so the government offers bursaries while you train.

The amount you could get depends on your degree. The current offer is £20,000 if you have a 1st, £15,000 with a 2:1 and £12,000 with a 2:2.

If you’re not sure about teaching but want to give it a try, Teach First can get you into teaching while building leadership skills you can use if you choose to move on.

Computing

Computing jobs, such as programming and systems administration, are quite common among maths graduates. However, you will need more skills than you gain from most maths degree courses to go into these areas. You may be able to pick these up through additional courses while at university, or you could teach yourself independently.

Statistics and analysis

There are a huge number of different ways you can use statistics in the workplace. Businesses use it to help make sure they are successful. Medical statisticians help to find out what treatments work. Government statisticians work on projects like the national census.

Some jobs may require a specifically stats-focused postgraduate degree. There are also more specific postgraduate courses in areas like medical statistics.

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