What students say about maths
When studying mathematics, you have about 10 hours of lectures a week. You also have two hours of tutorials, which are in groups of two or three with a knowledgeable academic. The course starts by covering the basics of pure maths and gives an idea of what the different areas of study are, giving you an opportunity to find out where you thrive. Then you start to learn the tools you need to study mathematics in depth, and by halfway through the second year, you are completely free to choose your areas of study from then on, where you can either specialise in one area, or try a broad range of subjects. Either way, you will study these areas in depth.2nd year, University of Oxford
When I was in first year, there was about 16 hours per week of teaching. That was mainly lectures, with anything up to 300 people, but with one tutorial per week per module as well, which are in much smaller groups and mainly consist of going through problems / homework. The course content's mostly a continuation of A-level in first year - carrying on with calculus, probability and mechanics, starting analysis, and you get to choose two other modules on top of that. In later years I got to specialise a lot more, and there's a wide choice of interesting modules. The work's pretty much all exam style problems, with the occasional bit of continued assessment, depending on modules.3rd year, Durham University
I am a maths student, so I have lots of contact time compared to some subjects. I have around 10 hours per week of lectures, but I also have six to eight hours of contact time in other forms such as seminars, tutorials and workshops. Each of these provides you with a different way to work. For example, at a seminar, you will be given a sheet of questions to attempt before you attend the seminar, and then when you go, there will be a lecturer and a postgraduate student there to help you with any bits you might have struggled with.2nd year, University of East Anglia UEA
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Further maths
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Business, finance and related associate professionals
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Investment banker
- Actuary or accountant
- Maths teacher
Other real-life job examples
- Software developer
- Buyer or procurement officer
What employers like about this subject
The country is short of people with good maths qualifications, and a degree in maths can give you subject-specific skills like the ability to analyse and interpret complex numerical data; the ability to approach problems rigorously and to formulate and apply theories to solve them and high-level IT skills. Transferable skills gained from studying maths include project management, problem-solving, team-working and communication skills. Some careers in maths, particularly in research, are likely to need a postgraduate qualification. Employers that recruited mathematicians last year included all parts of the finance industry (especially banking, insurance, accountancy and consultancy), the IT industry and the Civil Service.