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Published: 25 May 2021

Meet our Department of Maths

A close community where each student counts, a research-active department where pure and applied disciplines intersect for real-word applications, award-winning professional training and a successful track record of graduate employment... Just some of the plus points you'll encounter as an undergraduate in our Department of Maths.

Who we are

“Based on the fourth floor of the Thomas Telford Building, we’re a small and friendly research-active department,” says Gianne Derks, Head of our Department of Mathematics.

“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."

Meet Gianne Derks, Head of the Department of Mathematics.

What’s it 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.

Find out why undergraduate Mathuri Karunakaran chose to study maths at Surrey and discover what a typical week looks for a first year student.

Award-winning Professional Training

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
  • Disney
  • IBM
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • McLaren

We also boast a strong record of companies offering placement students jobs at the end of their degree.

Read about what Keryn Landey and Ffion Phillips say about their very different Professional Placement experiences at Lloyds Banking Group and Cummins Turbo Technologies.

Graduate success

The strength and value of a maths degree from Surrey has helped our graduates succeed in a variety of careers.

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:

  • Accenture
  • BAE Systems
  • BBC
  • Civil Service
  • The Economist
  • Ernst and Young
  • Friends Provident
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • Liverpool Victoria Insurance.
  • Lloyds Bank
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • QinetiQ
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • UniChem
  • Thames Water
  • TSB Group
  • Virgin Trains

Read about Surrey maths graduates Anand Sahota and Kim Holding.

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.

Our academic staff have a broad range of interests, which include 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
  • Crime
  • Medicine
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Quantum theory

Read more about our five distinct research groups.

Learn more about undergraduate degrees in our Department of Maths

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