Careers

What job will I get?

Mathematics and statistics graduates are essential to the world's economy, particularly in the age of big data. Many of our students go on to apply their numerical skills in the financial sector, but there are a growing number of other industries that need graduates with the ability to process and analyse large data sets, solve problems with mathematical precision and make informed decisions by interpreting figures.

Sheffield maths graduates are often recruited by leading graduate employers such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Deloitte, going on to successful careers in finance, accounting, tax, pensions, insurance and actuarial work.

Others work in IT, for employers ranging from the BBC to the Ministry of Defence. Some work for organisations that manage large amounts of data, such as the NHS, or develop their specialist skills at postgraduate level.

Postgraduate study

If you're interested in continuing to study mathematics and statistics, we run several masters degree courses and have a range of PhD opportunities available each year.

Postgraduate study in mathematics and statistics


Effective data management is becoming of critical importance as the amount of data collected and stored, as well as the ability to analyse this data, increases.

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Business

Tom Miner

The joy of a maths degree is that it can take you down a wide range of possible career paths and the transferrable skills you can pick up are applicable in almost any workplace. Then, when I was looking around universities, I fell in love with Sheffield as a university and a city.

Tom Miner, Finance Manager, 
Unilever  READ MORE

Further study

Sarah Browne

Throughout these further years
of PhD study, my faith in my abilities has continued to increase and I have become an independent researcher. Additionally, I have managed to secure my dream job – a two year research position with teaching at Pennsylvania State University in the USA.

Sarah Browne, PhD student,
the University of Sheffield  READ MORE

Applying mathematics

Lindsay Lee

 

I have learnt a lot about Earth sciences and how the Earth is modelled in computers. This has allowed me to apply the statistics I learnt during my time in Sheffield to study the uncertainties that come from using computers to simulate the real world.

Lindsay Lee, Leverhulme Research Fellow,
Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science  READ MORE

Support while you study

As a mathematics and statistics student, you'll get lots of support to help you work out what you want to do after graduation, and the steps you need to take to get there.

Our undergraduate students can take a module dedicated to career development skills, which covers researching careers and employers, CV and report writing, presentations, and interview techniques, as well as tips and insights to help students secure mathematics-based jobs.

The University's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer tips tailored to mathematics and statistics students, events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study.

Schemes such as the 301 Academic Skills Certificate will help you show employers that you're ready for the world of work. The Careers Service will continue to support you for three years after you graduate.

Careers Service

Placement years and employment experience

Students on one of our Placement Year or Year in Industry degrees, or who join the University of Sheffield's Degree with Employment Experience scheme, get to spend 12 months at an organisation where they can put their mathematics skills into practice.

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Sarah Brill

I am so glad that I took the year because as well as teaching me the skills I need to go into a graduate job, it has also given me perspective on my strengths and weaknesses and what kind of job I would be suited to.

Sarah Brill, BSc Mathematics with Employment Experience  READ MORE