Department of Mathematics

Careers in Mathematics

Our mathematics graduates enter a wide variety of fields where their analytical skills are valued both in business and in the public sector. Areas such as finance, actuarial work, data science and analytics are particularly popular. A number of mathematics graduates each year decide to go onto to study further in an area of particular interest or to study to become teachers.

Why Sussex?

  • we're ranked 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects (The Complete University Guide 2021).
  • you can see a Careers and Employability Adviser at any time during your course and for up to three years after you graduate.

Key skills 

You will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the theories and techniques that underlie modern mathematics and the ability to apply them, an analytical approach to problem solving and effective use of industry-standard software for analytical and modelling skills
  • develop the ability to work independently, work to tight deadlines and develop skills in analytical thinking. All of these are highly prized by employers
  • you'll get the opportunity to learn research skills which will help prepare you for a career in research.

"Studying maths at Sussex gives you a rounded understanding of the discipline and prepares you for the future. The teaching is top class and you learn vital transferable skills that lay the foundations for a successful career as a graduate."

Conor Osborne
Mathematics MMath (with a Research Placement and study abroad year)

'At the start of my Maths degree, I never thought I would end up with a graduate role in IT. However, looking back now it is easier to relate the skills developed during the degree with the roles I have taken with IT at GE.

Having had roles as a project manager on infrastructure and logistics projects, skills such as the ability to research, analyse and apply information becomes essential. All of which were developed during the degree where we are constantly encouraged to understand the problem at hand and apply the theory we learnt and researched into practice. The ability to logically break down what seems like impossible problems into smaller ones is also not only key in Maths but also in IT and in some many other areas.

My current role as Global Incident and Problem Manager, again leverages the skills I learnt from the degree providing me with the natural curiosity to investigate problems and the ability to quickly analyse critical incidents and solve them in a logical manner.

My greatest learning since graduating is that technical skills can always be taught over a short space of time as long as you have the desire to learn. However, the passion to solve problems and the analytical mind required for Maths is not as easy to achieve. Not only that, simple arithmetic’s always comes in handy when working with networks and calculating subnets!'   GE logo

 For further graduate career profiles see our graduate destinations page.