Participating in work experience as an undergraduate mathematics student is more than skill-building: it offers you insights into the professional world.
Why opt for a mathematics work placement?
No matter your course, you can take a placement year between your second and third years. It's your chance to further develop the professional skills you've learned and see what real work life is like while you're still a student. This experience will set you up with the skills and insights you need for a successful career. A placement can help you:
- gain fresh perspectives on your career choices,
- discover what you truly enjoy in the working world,
- develop essential employability skills.
- boost your chances of landing a grad job.
Our placement students find that their mathematical and transferable skills are in demand in many sectors, both in the UK and abroad. Past math students have done placements with top companies like AXA Insurance, Bupa, Disney, GSK, IBM, and Unilever.
Support to find your placement
Embracing a placement year means you're never on your own. Our dedicated mathematics placement and careers advisors team will be there to advise and support you. From honing your CV and cover letter to offering extensive interview practice, they arm you with the skills needed for the professional world. We take pride in our award-winning placement team, committed to supporting you throughout not just your placement search, but during your placement year. In the first term of your second year, you'll connect with your advisor during the placement module lectures for insights into available placements, networking support, and valuable employability skills.
You can also join our mathematics employability conference for a chance to attend skills workshops, experience a trial assessment day, and gain insights from our alumni in diverse industries. This unique opportunity allows you to explore various career paths, ask questions, and make informed decisions about your future.
Exploring alternative pathways
We understand that a placement year may not be the ideal choice for everyone. Don't worry, there are plenty of other options to gain valuable experience during your studies. Our careers team will be there to support you in finding summer internships, part-time jobs, or volunteering opportunities that align with your career goals.
Hear more about our placements
Mathematics work placements
Work placement: Employer's view
↑ Top of the page