Meet our Department of Mathematics
Who we are
“We run a lively range of undergraduate courses and students can study a core maths curriculum – or combine this with economics, statistics, finance, physics and music.
“Our teaching and research are well integrated, and our academic interests include pure and applied maths. We often focus on real-world areas where these two disciplines combine."
What it's like to study here
“A prime reason to choose Surrey is that we’ve created a close community where each student counts,” adds Gianne. “You’ll be valued and your interests will be nurtured. If you come here, your studies will involve numbers – but you won’t be one.
“You’ll benefit from a personal tutor, small group teaching in your first year, and smaller groups in lectures as you choose module options later in your degree.”
Another positive is a supportive student body, where senior undergraduates help juniors. You can also get involved in research through summer projects. These will enable you to develop as a mathematician and researcher.
We also boast an active Maths Society and we're the proud holder of an Athena Swan Bronze Award, a global initiative promoting gender equality in higher education.
Award-winning Professional Training placements
A key part of Surrey’s successful formula for delivering employable students is our award-winning Professional Training placements. These help undergraduates secure work experience across a range of sectors and prestigious firms.
Examples of well-known companies where our students have trained include:
- British Airways
- Lloyds Banking Group
We also boast a strong record of companies offering placement students jobs at the end of their degree.
The strength and value of a maths degree from Surrey has helped our graduates succeed in a variety of careers. And it's not just us saying that...
Surrey was named the University of the Year for Graduate Employment by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2022. Also, according to the 2021 Guardian University Guide, 97 per cent of our former students are in graduate-level employment or undertaking further education within 15 months of graduation.
Employers include prestigious City firms and the civil service, plus various industries who need the logical thinking and problem-solving that comes with studying maths at degree level. These include science and technology-related fields, actuarial sciences, data analytics, management consultancy, law and business management.
Recent graduates work for:
- BAE Systems
- Civil Service
- The Economist
- Ernst and Young
- Friends Provident
- Liverpool Victoria Insurance.
- Lloyds Bank
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Thames Water
- TSB Group
- Virgin Trains
Continuing your studies
Another addition that prospective students wishing to continue in academia find attractive is our active postgraduate research community, which has seen students present work at the Houses of Parliament.
If you fancy undertaking PhD research, our academic staff have a broad range of interests, which includes both pure and applied maths. One of our key strengths is that our research often focuses on areas where pure and applied maths intersect, such as:
- Black holes
- Circadian rhythms
- Quantum theory
Read more about our five distinct research groups.