In 2012/13, 87% of undergraduate and 93% of postgraduates leavers from the Department of Mathematics were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation.
The specific skills and techniques gained on a mathematics degree can be useful in numerous jobs, particularly in the banking and financial services sector, which is the most popular route for mathematics graduates.
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 average starting salary of undergraduates from the Mathematics department in 2012/13 was £29,400 and for postgraduates £31,300.
To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Mathematics degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course.
These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.
- BSc Mathematics and Economics, 2009Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company
- BSc Mathematics and Economics, 2008Short Term Interest Rates Trader (STIRT), Citi
- BSc Mathematics & Economics, 2005Equity derivatives trading analyst, Credit Suisse
- BSc Business Mathematics and Statistics, 2008Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting (CIMA qualified)
- BSc Mathematics & Economics, 2005Mathematics Teacher, Teach First
- MSc Applicable Mathematics, 2010Structurer, BNP Paribas
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'Although specific techniques may go out of date, the ability to think analytically is something that remains with you for the rest of your life, enabling you to adapt to new developments in your chosen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.