School of Mathematics

Careers

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

Our graduates go on to a wide range of successful destinations, and the University's Careers Service is on hand to support our students to develop their employability and to transition into a graduate job or further study.

Employment

Key graduate employment sectors include:

  • finance (accountancy, actuarial, banking, insurance, tax)
  • data science and statistics
  • IT (programming)
  • operational research

However, our graduates find employment in many other sectors (e.g. construction, energy, manufacturing, PR, retail, utilities) due to the large number of transferable employability skills a maths degree can provide.

Major employers over the last few years have included: Aegon, BDO, the 'Big 4' accountancy/professional service firms, City of Edinburgh Council, JP Morgan, Lloyd's Banking Group, RBS, Scottish Government, Scottish Widows, Standard Life, Teach First, plus a good number of graduates becoming self-employed.

Further study

In addition to entering employment, many Edinburgh Maths graduates progress onto further study. This might be to:

  • continue their maths education (e.g. masters in pure or applied mathematics),
  • train in a specialist, often applied area of maths (e.g. masters in actuarial, data science, mathematical modelling, operational research),
  • carry out research (masters by research or docorates in maths),
  • train to teach maths (PGCE, PGDE),
  • change direction and 'convert' (e.g. business, economics, IT,  journalism, law).

Careers Service

Careers Service reception

To support our students, the Careers Service has a dedicated team of Career Consultants, one of which takes particular responsibility for students in the School of Mathematics. They work closely with our Student Learning Advisor to put on talks and events ranging from CV writing advice and preparing for interviews, to networking with alumni and 'An Insight into Actuarial" afternoon. They also run sessions within the curriculum on planning your future.

As well as being available for personal appointments (booked online), the Careers Consultant offers a weekly drop-in session in the School of Maths during semester time.

The Careers Service's Employer Team works hard to bring a diverse range of employers onto campus and organises a number events including a two-day Careers Fair in October, which hosts 130 employers. They also run a Careers in Technology Fair in February, and a Creative and Cultural Careers Festival in March for those looking at something in the creative industries.