90% of our Mathematics graduates enter work, or full time study, within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).
Philosophy and Mathematics graduates have a range of knowledge and skills that are highly prized by graduate employers, such as:
- Understanding complex information
- Writing clearly and effectively
- Building a case to critically assess a particular point of view
- Respecting the views of others even if they disagree with you
- Analytic thinking
- Problem solving
- Report writing
- Generally thinking for yourself
- Critical thinking skills, alongside the ability to research, analyse and interpret the information that you have gathered
- Handling complex information, including complex statistics
- The ability to form concise and articulate arguments
- Managing your time effectively and prioritising your workload
Our graduates go on to pursue highly successful careers in professions such as Law, Journalism, Teaching, Management consultancy, Local and Central government, Publishing and Marketing. They have even gone on to be comedians, MPs, writers, Chief Rabbi and Blue Peter presenters.
Example employers include:
- Central London Youth Development
- Step on Stage Academy
- Thames Valley Police
- Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham
- CMT Learning
- Barclays Aero Engine Controls
- BAE Systems Detica
- Ernst and Young
- Lloyds Banking Group
- N Power
- Towers Watson
Some graduates choose to progress to further study, not just in Maths or Philosophy but in Politics, International Development, Sociology and other areas.
Examples of further studies programmes include:
- MA Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
- MA Global Ethics
- MA Philosophy
- MA International Security & Development
- PGCE/PGDipEd (QTS) Secondary Education
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- Chartered Financial Analyst
- Cima - Management Accounting
- MA International Liaison and Communication
- MRes Statistics and Operational Research
- MSc Actuarial Science
- MSc Medical Statistics
- PGCE Secondary Mathematics
- PGDipEd Secondary Education Mathematics
- PhD Applied Mathematics
- PhD Pure Mathematics
Developing your career
There is a range of opportunities through our
Careers Network and beyond. For example, our innovative
Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six-month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market.
Current partners include Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, and the Library of Birmingham. There are also internships available at the University’s own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
There are regular events each year covering careers in teaching, events management, working with charities and more, to help you meet potential employers and learn more about a range of sectors.
There are also summer internship opportunities and work experience bursaries, which allow you to apply for funding to support you during any unpaid internships. You may also want to apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement through our
Global Challenge Internship Programme.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you may want to engage in extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and your network of contacts.
Our College of Arts and Law Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project run by one of our researchers in drama and theatre. You gain work experience over the summer after your first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
There are also a huge number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the
Guild of Students, our students’ union, which cover a wide variety of interests across drama and the arts.
With more than 300 societies and groups at The Guild, there is something for everyone.If your interest does not yet have a group, then The Guild will support you to set it up and find likeminded individuals to join you.