What do LSE Mathematics graduates do?

In 2014/15, 87.13% of leavers from the Department of Mathematics were in employment, completing further study or doing something else six months after graduation.

The specific skills and techniques gained on a mathematics degree can be useful in numerous jobs and the most common areas of work are:

There are, however, many alternatives to a career in investment banking or accountancy. Previous Mathematics graduates, for example, have chosen to complete further study, with several studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in preparation for a career in teaching.

The median starting salary of graduates from the Mathematics department working full time in the UK was £34,000 in 2014/15.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Mathematics degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course.

Graduate profiles

View Department of Mathematics graduate profiles.

Employability skills

The department places an emphasis on the importance of analytical thinking as a transferable skill that students can use and develop in a wide range of careers.

'Although specific techniques may go out of date, the ability to think analytically is something that remains with you for the rest of your life, enabling you to adapt to new developments in your chosen career.'  Department of Mathematics

Other useful skills gained through the study of mathematics include the ability to solve problems and to adopt an analytical approach to problem solving. Students are able to tackle intellectually difficult problems, demonstrating persistence when working through a problem to a conclusion.

Students have a thorough knowledge of statistical analysis and are able to apply this skill in investigating and solving problems. They are adept at analysing and assessing information and data, demonstrating a high level of numeracy.

Students can collect and order information and are able to assess the validity of statistical sources.

Students develop good presentation skills and are skilled at presenting complex data, often using report writing and verbal presentation skills.

Students are practised in the use of IT and are able to learn and work independently, making good use of a wide variety of media.