School of Mathematical Sciences

Careers

Once you are studying at Queen Mary, one of our dedicated Careers Consultants can give you one-to-one support at any stage of your career journey, from understanding your skills and interests to planning your next step.

We also offer a range of opportunities including mentoring programmes, insight visits to our partner companies and consultancy project work. You'll also have access to CV and application-writing workshops, as well as support with preparing for interviews and assessment centres. 

Developing the skills employers want

Some students entering university know what career they want to go into but the reality is that many don't, so there's no need to worry if you're not sure what you want to do. The most important thing to remember is that when you graduate with your mathematics degree you'll have a set of skills that employers will find very desirable, namely:

  • excellent analytical abilities
  • the ability to work independently
  • highly developed numerical skills
  • effective communication skills
  • the ability to apply mathematical modelling to the real world
  • practical computational skills

These skills are in great demand by employers and you will have the potential for high earnings in the course of your career. The average starting salary for our mathematics graduates is around £23,500 (Source: DLHE 2015) and is higher than the average for all subjects. Unlike graduates in more vocational disciplines, mathematicians are not limited to one specific area of employment. For example, mathematics graduates can be found in

academic research • aerospace • biotechnology • business and finance • chemicals • computing • construction • defence • electronics • energy • environment • health care • management • marketing • materials • pharmaceuticals • retail • teaching • transport

Read our Careers booklet

Find out where a Maths degree from Queen Mary could take you with our Careers booklet, featuring Queen Mary alumni stories across a wide range of career paths:

You can also find advice from employers in this series of videos (link is external).

 

Information for current students