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Where could Maths at Queen Mary take you?

Find out more about popular graduate roles and employers.

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One of the main reasons we go to university is to improve our career prospects. You’ve made a great choice with a maths-based degree.

Employers are always looking for graduates with strong numerical, analytical, and computational skills. By the time you finish your degree, you’ll have all that and more!

What can I do with a Maths degree?

The list is always growing, especially right now with the boom of AI and Machine Learning.

Some of the most common routes for our graduates include Actuarial Science, Data Science, Finance, Software Engineering, Statistics and Teaching.

What you do with your maths degree will depend on what you enjoy, what you’re good at, and what impact you want to have. Let’s take a closer look at some of the graduate routes mentioned above:

Actuarial Science
This is one of the lesser-known fields, but strong mathematical skills are absolutely essential. Actuaries use maths and stats to measure risk, so you’ll often find them working in insurance companies, with pensions or in the exciting field of risk management. Actuaries have some of the biggest earning opportunities too.

Data Science
As a society, we produce so much data. But without talented mathematicians and computer scientists, companies don’t know how to make sense of all this data and use it in their decision making. Data Science is a fast growing, exciting, and rapidly evolving sector. It’s perfect for maths students who want to be a part of the AI revolution.

It’s no surprise that the big employers in the financial sector love maths graduates. With our university perfectly located between Canary Wharf and the City of London, Queen Mary students have the best opportunities right on their doorstep. Some roles require more advanced maths skills than others, but our degrees will set you up for success in investment banking, asset management and quantitative finance, among others.  

Software Engineering
Maths is an ideal degree for a career in software engineering. You’ll develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and you’ll also learn how to programme. Software engineering is a rapidly changing sector and a strong foundation in mathematics will help you future-proof your career. Remember that computer science started with maths and a software engineer will always need to come back to their maths and problem-solving skills.

This is a fascinating and rewarding field, giving you the opportunity to use your maths skills for good. Large organisations and government departments need talented statisticians to help them make sense of all the data they collect. Whether it’s analysing clinical trials, medical research, or other health-related data, we need brilliant mathematicians to help us reach medical breakthroughs faster.  

For those of us that really love maths, is there a more rewarding job than sharing that passion with others? Teaching isn’t top of the list for people that want to earn huge salaries but it’s a great way to give back to the community and to maintain a good work life balance. Maths is one of the most important subjects and school and college, so maths teachers will always be in demand.

We hope that’s given you an idea of just some of the things you can do with a maths degree, but the list goes on.

Future-proof yourself with Maths

One thing for sure is that good maths skills will never become obsolete. While more and more tasks are being carried out by computers, we need to remember that maths is a key component of artificial intelligence. If you’re looking to future-proof yourself in a rapidly changing world, a maths-based degree is a great way to do this.

In recent years, our graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies, including 

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • AXA
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of England
  • Barts Cancer Institute
  • British Airways
  • British Gas
  • BP
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Capgemini
  • Deloitte
  • Dyson
  • EY
  • Financial Times
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • JP Morgan
  • Lloyds
  • King
  • KPMG
  • NHS
  • Nike
  • PwC
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