Introduction to Mathematics & Statistics

Although Statistics isn’t commonly taught fully until college or sixth form, Mathematics is taught to us from the minute we enter the classroom at the age of five.

Mathematics is a key part of our lives and scientists will tell you that almost everything in the universe can be explained through mathematical equations.

You’ll find Mathematics, Statistics, and other related degree subjects challenging, stimulating, and rewarding with plenty of career prospects after graduation.

As well as lectures and seminars, you can expect to carry out research and projects, both independently and as part of a group, equipping you with a wide range of skills and knowledge for your future career.

What are the Mathematics & Statistics subjects?

Some of the subjects included in the Mathematics & Statistics bracket are:

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Sociology

Although these are the subjects which are commonly included within the Mathematics & Statistics bracket, you’ll find many other subjects also rely heavily on numerical data – for example, Psychology and Politics often include a lot of data.

What are the career options for Mathematics & Statistics graduates?

Mathematics & Statistics graduates go on to work in a huge variety of industries where their skills are highly valued.

Many graduates go on to further training or study to develop very specialised knowledge of a particular area before taking on highly responsible roles within companies.

Common career paths for Mathematics & Statistics graduates include:

  • Actuary
  • Research scientist
  • Operational researcher
  • Statistician
  • Chartered accountant
  • Corporate investment banker
  • Investment analyst
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Forensic accountant
  • Corporate finance adviser
  • Data analyst
  • Market researcher

Remember, the jobs in this list aren’t the only options available to you and there are many employers in a variety of sectors who seek Mathematics & Statistics graduates, so don’t think your options are limited.

What skills will I gain during my Mathematics & Statistics degree?

Of course, you’ll graduate with very strong mathematics skills, but you’ll also gain a range of transferrable skills which will be useful in any number of industries and job roles.

These skills include:

  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Time management
  • Logical thinking
  • Organisational skills and
  • The ability to work methodically and accurately
  • Data analysis and interpretation skills
  • Teamwork and the ability to work independently
  • The ability to process large quantities of data

All of these skills will be useful in any career path you choose and is an impressive skill set to show potential employers on your CV and Linkedin profile.

Where can I study Mathematics & Statistics subjects?

Almost all universities in the UK offer some form of Mathematics & Statistics subjects. Universities also often offer the option of combining this with another degree subject.

This can be useful if you want to keep your options open, or on the other hand, have a specific career in mind which requires knowledge of two subjects.

Universities which offer Mathematics & Statistics degrees include:

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Warwick
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • London School of Economics
  • University College London
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Manchester Metropolitan University