Published: 17 September 2018

Five reasons to study mathematics at Surrey

Admissions Tutors Dr Jock McOrist and Dr Carina Dunlop reveal what makes our mathematics degrees different and the secret behind our graduates’ success.

Maths students in lecture theatre
  1. Professional Training opportunities
    Many students take advantage of Surrey’s renowned Professional Training placement programme which enables them to get a year’s valuable work experience with companies like Disney, British Airways, IBM, Lloyds Banking Group and McLaren. On placement, you’ll get the opportunity to find out what it’s really like to work in your chosen field, and develop key skills such as team-working, project management and communication.

    At Surrey we give you plenty of help securing the right placement and many students go on to receive a graduate job offer from their placement company.

  2. Teaching inspired by research
    Our research directly informs our teaching. You’ll be able to learn about cutting edge topics in mathematics – from string theory to meteorology – from academics who are leading the way in these fields. On our courses you’ll be able to choose from a broad range of optional modules, enabling you to tailor your course to your individual interests.

    Read about our latest research news on our Surrey Mathematics Research Blog.

  3. Uniquely supportive environment for learning
    Joining Surrey’s Department of Mathematics puts you at the heart of a small, friendly community which is unlike what you’ll find at some bigger institutions. You’ll benefit from having a personal tutor, small group teaching in your first year and smaller groups in lectures as you begin to choose module options later in your degree. We encourage a two-way dialogue, with input from students and our active Maths Society helping to shape course options and the way courses are delivered.
  4. Research opportunities
    As an undergraduate you’ll be able to get involved in research through summer projects and integrated placements in industry. This will enable you to develop as a mathematician and researcher, take your problem-solving skills to the next level, and go deeper into an area you find interesting. You may even get the chance to publish your research in an academic journal.
  5. Great job opportunities
    Studying maths at Surrey opens up a huge range of career opportunities, not only in science and technology related fields, but also in areas such as actuarial sciences, data analytics, management consultancy, law and business management. Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Ernst and Young, HSBC and Virgin Trains.


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