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Why Study Mathematics?

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Maths Is Important

Mathematics is a universal part of human culture. It is the tool and language of commerce, engineering and other sciences physics, computing, biology etc. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us. Mathematics plays a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life, for example:

As society becomes more technically dependent, there will be an increasing requirement for people with a high level of mathematical training. Analytical and quantitative skills are sought by a wide range of employers. A degree in mathematics provides you with a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. This leads to careers that are exciting, challenging and diverse in nature. Whatever your career plans, or if you have no plans at present, a degree in mathematics provides you with particularly good job prospects


Maths Is Diverse

Mathematics is extremely diverse and our degrees enable you to specialise in the areas that are of particular interest to you. Whether your interest is more in the area of pure maths, applied maths, or operational research and statistics, we have a choice of degree scheme for you. Additionally you can create your own degree from the large number of individual modules we offer. These modules vary from the theoretical to the practical. So, on one hand for example, you can studby abstract algebra and number theory and on the other, you can study internet security, financial mathematics and fluid flows. We also offer several optional computing modules, providing practical skills that are much sought after in the job market.


Maths Has Good Career Prospects

Student studying maths

Analytical and quantitative skills are sought by a wide range of employers. A degree in mathematics provides you with a broad range of skills in problem solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. This leads to careers that are exciting, challenging and diverse in nature

Whatever your career plans, or if you have no plans at present, a degree in mathematics provides you with particularly good job prospects

For more information on the types of careers available to mathematicians please click here.

The generic nature of mathematics means that almost all industries require mathematicians. Mathematicians work in business, finance, industry, government offices, management, education and science. A proportion of our students will use their degree in mathematics as preparation for further studies at Masters or Doctorate levels.

The experience gained through a sandwich course increases your employability even further. We offer the opportunity for a year's salaried work experience during your degree that enables you to try a job of your choosing and provides employers with evidence of your achievements and skills.

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Maths Is Exciting

Mathematics is an exciting and challenging subject which continues to develop at a rapid rate across many research areas. It has a natural elegance and beauty. Taking a real world problem and creating and applying mathematical models to aid understanding is often hugely satisfying and rewarding. If you enjoy maths at school, then you will probably enjoy maths at university even more.