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More than three-quarters of the graduate vacancies advertised this year by City investment banks and half the training contracts offered by the leading law firms are likely to be filled by graduates who have completed work experience with the employer.

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Careers in mathematics

Maths can take you anywhere

Careers and employment

A degree in maths can help to prepare you for some of the best, most highly paid, and most enjoyable jobs in lots of different industries.

In fact, over 97% of our recent students have found a job or gone on to further study within six months of graduating.

What can you do with a maths degree?

In nearly all areas of life, mathematics is a highly valued skill. 

A mathematics degree not only gives you maths knowledge, but you’ll also develop analytical, writing, problem-solving, presentation, communication, team-working, and computing skills.

The city of Leeds is a major financial services and business hub, making it a great place to study maths and start a rewarding career.

Some mathematicians start their own company, while others go on to work in a whole range of industries such as:

  • accountancy
  • engineering
  • teaching
  • consultancy
  • meteorology
  • design
  • marketing
  • manufacture
  • science
  • software development

Careers support at the University

We’ll help you to prepare for you future career by giving you lots of opportunities to develop your skills:

  • Work experience placements, which allow you to experience what it’s like to work in industry.

  • Study abroad, which helps you to experience another culture and develop life skills.

  • Skills development modules, such as our ‘Maths at Work’ module which focusses on improving skills used in a work environment.

  • Royal Statistical Society accreditation for our statistics courses, which makes your degree more valuable in the eyes of future employers.

  • Support with CVs, interviews, job hunting and more via the University careers centre.

Bright Sparks careers fair

The Bright Sparks Careers fair is held every year in our School of Mathematics.

The fair is designed to introduce mathematicians to potential future employers.

It’s a great opportunity for you to meet different companies and find out what they’re looking for in a graduate.

You’ll have the chance to speak to company representatives on a one-to-one basis and get help in writing your CV from our careers advisors.

Exhibiting companies in the past have included Deloitte, Ernst and Young, PwC, First Actuarial, Teach First, as well as others.