Department of Mathematical Sciences

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"The department of Mathematical Sciences is very active in engaging with industry at many levels.

The MSc programme has an industrial advisory board and at least half of the students do industrially focused projects. Several PhD students are funded through industrial CASE awards, and there are a number of active knowledge transfer projects.

Industrial collaboration includes:

  • Met Office
  • Schlumberger
  • Airbus
  • Nokia
  • SERCO assurance
  • Hoare Lea acoustics
  • BT

The department is also a key player in the national Knowledge Transfer Network in Industrial Mathematics and staff and students play an active part in international study groups with industry."

- Prof Chris Budd



Placement students | Employer engagement | Careers service | Contractual work | Sponsorships | Research

Taking on placement students

The University and our Department has a long history of placing students on 12 month professional placements with a wide range of companies in various role.

Our exceptional students, as well as gaining invaluable experience for themselves, can quickly become a member of your team – taking on the role and responsibilities of any normal junior employee.

Often, the knowledge and experience gained on a professional placement isn’t lost after the 12 month period. It’s not uncommon for professional placement students to maintain ties with their placement company – being employed as a full graduate after they have completed their degree with, of course, the ideal skills and familiarity to re-join your company with the minimum of training.

If you are interested in taking on placement students or finding out more information, please contact our professional placements officer, Sally Lewis -  or visit our Industrial Placements page.

Employer engagement

To compliment our professional placements programme and improve the employability of our students, we are interested in involving employers throughout a student's degree. This may range from a one-off hour long lecture to a regular programme of workshops to equip our students with the skills they need for professional life.

This, of course, is of great value to both the students and employers - giving you the opportunity to highlight your specific field to prospective future employees and provide to them the skills to excel should they join you.

If you would like to discuss these ideas further please contact our professional placements officer -

Careers service

If you are looking for employees and would like to market opportunities within your company or visit the university to speak to students or join a careers fair please visit our careers services website to find out more information.

Contractual work

It is often the case that companies may require specialist analysis or expertise not available within their facilities or staff. It may be possible that we can provide assistance in this area - utilising our sophisticated laboratories and equipment, highly trained research staff and renowned academics.

For Statistical work please contact Chris Jennison - - and for Mathematical work please contact Porf Chris Budd - - to discuss your project and how we may be able to help.


There are many extremely talented undergraduate and postgraduate students who have every desire to study but are limited by a lack of funding for their fees and living expenses.

If you are able to assist these students please contact the Graduate School ( for postgraduate sponsorship and Tony Robinson - - for undergraduate sponsorship.


Research is what drives developments in our specialist fields - whilst industrial research and development accounts for a significant portion of progress, academic research also fills a unique role.

If you would like to find out more about the research our department is currently involved, please visit our reseach pages. If you have a specific research proposal in mind or would like to discuss the possibilities of funding research further please contact Prof Peter Mörters -