Study mathematics in the UK

What is mathematics?

Mathematics is the science of numbers, area and quantity. By studying mathematics, you will examine both theoretical concepts and how they can be applied to solve real world problems in a wide variety of disciplines.

Some of the fields you will be able to specialise in include:

  • Economics and Mathematics – Focusing on the data, analytics and statistics that inform the choices made by businesses and government
  • Physics and Mathematics – Understanding how mathematical concepts underpin the principals of modern physics
  • Statistics and Mathematics – The collection and use of mathematics to analyse and interpret data
  • Finance and Mathematics – Applying mathematical methods such as probability and statistics to examine and solve financial problems

5 reasons to study mathematics

There are many benefits to studying a degree in mathematics:

1. Make an impact

By studying a degree in mathematics, you will be able to make a valuable contribution to the modern world in fields like aviation, technology, economics and medicine.

2. Employment opportunities

Choosing to study mathematics will give you the chance to explore a wide variety of topics and find something that really inspires you. Studying mathematics will give you a strong foundational knowledge needed in a wide variety of careers.

3. Develop vital skills

Mathematics is about more than just numbers. You will develop essential skills as part of your learning which are highly valued academically and will make you an asset to many employers, such as problem-solving, analytical and rational thinking, creativity and perseverance.

4. Real-world applications

Your intensive knowledge from a mathematics degree will be immediately applied to solving real-world problems. From getting a mortgage to computer technology, your advanced mathematics knowledge will give you a new perspective of everyday activities.

5. Stimulating and enjoyable

A degree in mathematics offers a degree that is interesting, stimulating and challenging. It will keep you engaged and wanting to learn more and you can incorporate what you’ve learnt into any career path.

Why study mathematics at the University of Surrey?

The University of Surrey School of Mathematics is home to 35 academics and researchers who collaborate with respected experts in the field on projects around the world.

The school has excellent facilities and academic staff, and students have the opportunity to get practical experience with groundbreaking research. 75% of the school’s research output was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in the Professional Training Year programme as part of their degree. In your placement, you will see the type of work undertaken by professional mathematicians and gain crucial work experience that will help you stand out to employers when you graduate.

Students at the School of Mathematics have taken their placement year at renowned global companies, including:

  • CERN
  • AstraZeneca
  • McLaren
  • Lloyds Banking Group

Degree options at the University of Surrey

There are a variety of mathematics degrees you could progress to at Surrey:

  • Financial Mathematics BSc (Hons)
  • Mathematics MMath (Hons)
  • Mathematics BSc (Hons)
  • Mathematics and Physics MPhys (Hons)
  • Mathematics and Physics MMath (Hons)
  • Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons)
  • Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons)
  • Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Hons)

“The International Study Centre is a very important step that I think students should take, especially if it’s your first time in this country. It doesn’t just prepare you academically; it also prepares you for life in a different city, so it’s an important progression.”

Omar from Oman
Studied International Foundation Year – Engineering and Physical Sciences

Degree preparation at the International Study Centre

The University of Surrey International Study Centre, we offer pathways to undergraduate study in mathematics. Our preparation programmes will help you develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to succeed at university. The courses will cover general subject skills, mathematical units and elective units.

Undergraduate pathway to mathematics

A teacher helps students at Surrey ISC

Our Engineering and Physical Sciences International Foundation Year is a two-semester programme that will prepare you for a range of mathematics undergraduate degrees at the University of Surrey.

How to apply

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Discover how to apply to study at the University of Surrey International Study Centre, the entry requirements and fees, and what to expect when you arrive at the centre.

Careers with a mathematics degree

There are a wide variety of career options available to mathematics graduates. You can stay on and further your academic studies, or enter a wide variety of different careers such as:

  • Actuary
  • Chartered accountant
  • Data scientist
  • Investment analyst
  • Research scientist
  • Software engineer
  • Statistician
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