Published: 23 November 2023

Five reasons to study mathematics at Surrey

What makes our maths degrees different and what’s the secret behind our graduates’ success? Here we reveal five reasons why you should choose the University of Surrey for your maths degree.

1. Fantastic work placement opportunities

Surrey won Best University Careers/Employability Service in the UK in 2022. On our renowned Professional Training placement programme you can gain a year’s valuable work experience with a company like:

  • British Airways
  • Disney
  • IBM
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • McLaren.

Read about student Keryn Landey’s placement experience at Lloyds Banking Group.

2. Teaching informed by research

Our research directly informs our teaching so you’ll learn about cutting-edge topics in mathematics – from string theory to meteorology – from academics who are leading the way in these fields. You’ll also 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.

You can also broaden your horizons by choosing our exciting new 'STEM Education and Public Engagement' which gives you real-world experience of science communication - whether in schools or to the wider public.

*Measured by % positivity based on Q1-24, National Student Survey 2023.

3. Take on a research project

As an undergraduate you can get involved in research through summer projects which 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.

4. Uniquely supportive learning environment

Studying mathematics at Surrey puts you at the heart of a small, friendly community which is unlike what you’ll find at some bigger institutions. Mathematics is ranked 11th in the UK for overall student satisfaction* in the 2023 National Student Survey. You’ll benefit from:

  • A personal tutor
  • Small group teaching in your first year
  • Smaller groups in lectures as you choose module options later in your degree.

Meet the Mathematics Admissions Tutor, Dr Stefan Klus.

*Measured by % positivity based on Q1-24, National Student Survey 2023.

5. Great job opportunities

Studying maths with us 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. 93% of our undergraduates go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA). Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Ernst and Young
  • HSBC
  • Virgin Trains.

Discover our courses in mathematics.

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