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5 reasons to study mathematics at Bath

From placements to excellent graduate job prospects, there are lots of reasons to study mathematics at Bath. Here are our top 5.

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1. Keep your options open

We offer a wide range of maths courses, including more specialised courses focussing on statistics and data science. We also offer undergraduate master's degrees.

'The course has provided me with a solid technical base applicable to a wide variety of careers. I've been able to specialise in statistics in my final year as it is tailorable to my own interests.' — Hannah Baker, BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics including placement year.

All of our courses are flexible and allow for a wide choice of units after year one. You may be able to switch courses during the first year.

If you're on the BSc you can switch to the MMath, an excellent preparation for going into research in pure or applied mathematics, or many other subjects that use mathematics.

You'll be able to choose from a wide range of optional units in the areas of pure and applied mathematics, and probability and statistics.

You'll also be able to choose optional units offered by other departments such as:

  • econometrics
  • cryptography
  • quantum mechanics
  • corporate finance
  • artificial intelligence

What our students say

Current students and graduates talk about what it's like studying mathematics at Bath.

2. Go on a year-long work placement

Take advantage of our strong links with industry and go on a placement as part of your studies.

With all of our maths courses, you can go on a one-year placement after your second year.

We have links with some of the industry’s leading research institutions and global companies. Recent employers include BAE Systems, Deloitte, Department of Health and Social Care, Lloyds Banking Group, The AA, and Abbott Diabetes Care.

Our specialist placements team offers dedicated support when you're looking for a placement and throughout your placement year.

Many of our placements are also paid, so you can earn valuable income to help support your studies.

'My placement really helped me decide what to do as a career. I went in to doing something I'd never done before, working in technology for an investment bank. I have been offered a job there when I graduate.' Jamie, BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences including placement year

‘Coming here to Expedia, I was looking to learn more about travel, technology, data analytics.’
Harvey Williams MMath (Hons) Mathematics including placement year (2021)

3. Be inspired by world-leading research

Our staff are active researchers in their field.

Most of our teaching staff are heavily engaged in research which means our courses are kept up-to-date and you'll benefit from discussions around the latest thinking in mathematics. It's inspiring to be taught by someone who's an expert in their field.

We divide our research activity into a number of key areas, and we encourage collaboration and mutual support between groups and with other departments.

Our research groups:

4. A great place to live and study

A lively campus and a historic, safe city with plenty to do.

People at a cafe in Bath

" I absolutely love going out in Bath, because there's such a friendly night atmosphere here. You'll see so many different people you already know or complete strangers, it's just a great night out." Andy, BSc (Hons) Mathematics

Bath is a great size city for students and is often rated as one of the safest places to study in the UK. There's a regular bus service from campus and there's lots to do within walking distance. Students enjoy the range of shops and places to eat, as well as the easy coach and rail links to Bristol or London.

On campus we have everything from arts classes to University Radio and our £30 million sports village gives you the opportunity to try a wide range of sports.

5. Excellent job prospects

Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers.

Maths students sitting outside on the grass on campus

There are many options for maths graduates, such as working in the financial industry or teaching. A maths degree can also form the basis of a career in technology, for instance working in software development.

Companies who've employed Bath graduates recently include:

  • Aviva
  • BT
  • KPMG
  • Tate & Lyle
  • Oracle

As well as industry, many of our graduates choose to go on to study for a PhD in mathematics, or a specialist MSc.

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