BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics - Career, further study and research opportunities
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MATHEMATICS: CAREER OPTIONS

Annette, our Careers Adviser for mathematics and statistics, says:
"Mathematics and statistics graduates are highly employable due to the advanced problem-solving, analytical skills and higher level numeracy skills developed by studying these subjects. There is a strong demand for mathematicians and statisticians by employers across all industries but particularly popular are roles within the financial, public sector, pharmaceutical, business, IT and education sectors. Around one in three mathematics and statistics graduates will specialise by going on to some form of postgraduate study - either full time or part time - whilst working."
 
Some of the skills you can develop during this course include:
  • Problem solving
  • Logical and abstract reasoning
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Programming and use of professional software
  • Analysing and interpreting data
Visit the Plymouth University careers website for more information about career options from a maths and statistics degree. 

Former student Matt Gale talks about his career as a Biostatistician for Quintiles Transnational since studying Mathematics at Plymouth University

​Career opportunities

Mathematics and statistics graduates are in high demand across the world and can obtain extremely well paid work in many areas, including investment banking and finance; the civil service; the pharmaceutical industry; and medicine statistics. The profiles below show just a few of the careers that graduates from this degree can enter:

 

Around one in three mathematics and statistics graduates will specialise by going on to some form of further professional study - either full time or part time - whilst working in areas such as education, actuarial science or operational research.
 
 

What do our graduates do? 

Previous graduates from this course are employed in a wide variety of different occupations. Some examples can be seen in the case studies below:
 

​Placements and Internships

As a mathematics graduate you will be able to develop many skills that are in high demand from a wide variety of employers. As well as your technical skills it is very useful to demonstrate good communication skills and commercial awareness. One of the best ways to do this is to undertake a year-long placement as part of your mathematics degree. If you choose this option you will spend 48 weeks in a paid placement between year two and your final year, working for a suitable company. Placement salaries are currently typically around £16-17,000 for the year. Placements offer you an opportunity to apply some of the skills from your degree in a commercial or industrial setting. After a placement your CV demonstrates that you have experience in industry and it can help you obtain the job you want. Our students have recently gained such work experience at top employers such as Big Four accountancy company KPMG, IT giant Fujitsu, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, a major pharmaceuticals company, and the Department of Communities and Local Government. University life also provides many additional opportunities to develop your employability such as the Plymouth Award, summer internships, volunteering and other work experience opportunities on offer.

Long-term career paths

Find out about what some Mathematics and Statistics graduates from Plymouth have gone on to do (external search).