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Five reasons to study Mathematics

For those considering a degree in Mathematics but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Humanity needs maths

Some of civilisation's most prized and proud achievements are wholly reliant on mathematics. Planes flying seamlessly through the air, high availability of complex medicines, even the computer or phone you're using now...all of these increasingly vital commodities rely on the use and study of numbers.

2. Joint honours courses

As Mathematics is a reasonably neutral subject, it can be easily combined with other areas. Joint honours like Mathematics with History, English or Music are just a few of the increasingly broad range of courses available. Many courses also offer the opportunity to study abroad for a year at a partner university.

3. Graduate prospects

Look at our subject league table for Mathematics, and you’ll see that the graduate prospects scores are relatively high. Mathematics graduates are very employable, as many sectors need people with the right skills to work in logistics, market research, IT, management consultancy and financial analysis.

4. Transferable skills

The skills you develop during a Mathematics degree are easily applicable to other situations. For example, rational and logical thinking are often needed in both your career and daily life. This is useful if you decide to pursue a career that’s not directly related to the subject area. Employers often look for graduates who have a strong ability to analyse and solve problems in complicated contexts.

5. Salary advantage

According to graduate data, students from this subject area generally earn a significant amount higher than the average graduate starting salary. Graduates often go into roles in areas such as business, banking and engineering, which can pay good money for mathematical skills.

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