School of Mathematics


Our students go on to a wide variety of careers or further study.

Recent examples include:

  • Software Engineer, Alenia Marconi Systems
  • Logistics Manager, London Underground
  • Operational Researcher, DERA
  • PGDE, Moray House, Edinburgh
  • Statistician, Scottish Executive
  • HNC, Radio Broadcasting
  • MPhil Statistics, Cambridge University
  • MRes Mathematics of the Living Environment, York
  • Actuary, Standard Life
  • Officer Training, RAF
  • Investment Banker, Merrill Lynch
  • MSc Economics, LSE

Our graduates have an excellent employment record, with 93% in work or further study when surveyed 6 months after graduating.

Careers Service

The Careers Service helpdesk in the Main Library

As well as support within the School of Mathematics, you can make use of the University's Careers Service. They offer a range of support including:

  • information about your career options,
  • a database of job opportunities,
  • events where you can meet employers,
  • help preparing your CV,
  • practice for interviews.

Student Profile

Caitlin Stronach
Caitlin Stronach BSc (Hons) Mathematics

"My main motivation for studying mathematics was the opportunities that a degree in this field could open up due to the diverse skills set that it requires; studying mathematics at Edinburgh has allowed me to explore a number of different subjects, encompassing a wide variety of areas, whilst allowing me to develop both my group work and presentation skills.

The main attraction for studying at Edinburgh was the resounding welcoming feeling I experienced throughout all the applicant visit days and this attitude, along with the department’s ongoing support, is something which I think makes the School of Mathematics unique. Drop-in help sessions and group study spaces, available in the department, encourage students to work together to solve problems throughout the course of their degree and it is important when studying such a challenging subject, that you are able to get help when required. These resources have not only provided me with a life line when I have been stuck, but have also given me the opportunity to make friends with fellow students throughout the years.

My keen interest in statistics encouraged me to apply to complete a Summer Project which involved working closely with members of teaching staff to analyse diagnostic test data. I found this experience invaluable, especially going into my fourth year where I completed an individual project for my Honours degree.

I regularly visited the Careers Service throughout my third year for help with writing my CV and preparing for interviews. As a result I secured an 11-week global internship with Ernst and Young which saw me travelling to places such as New York, Boston and Florida, working within their Assurance department. After graduating, I joined the firm as a trainee Actuary, which I hope will allow me to further my mathematical knowledge...whilst getting paid to do something I enjoy!"