Why should I study Mathematics?

Studying Mathematics

What is Mathematics?

Mathematics can be defined in multiple ways, depending on the philosopher you’re referencing, which is why it has no generally accepted definition. However, the Oxford English Dictionary defines mathematics as an ‘abstract science which investigates deductively the conclusions implicit in the elementary concepts of spatial and numerical relations, and which includes as its main divisions geometry, arithmetic, and algebra‘.

Three reasons to study Mathematics:

  1. Humanity needs Maths: the whole world relies on numbers: no car would be built without maths, no train would run. No food would be produced and no concert would take place. All these vital commodities rely on the use and study of numbers.
  2. Graduate prospects: after graduating from a maths programme, the level of employability is very high. Numbers, in whatever form are always going to be part of almost every aspect of life.
  3. Transferable skills: a great advantage of studying maths is that your skills go beyond the numerical. You gain you can transfer to other situations and areas.

How to study Mathematics?

The basis of the course is typically structured around algebra and calculus, then you can specialise in topics such as codes and cryptography, fluid mechanics and even mathematical biology.

Your problem-solving and decision-making tools will be exercised throughout the course, and you will gain experience using relevant software packages, conducting statistical investigations and presenting your findings. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics typically lasts three or four years, with a master’s lasting one or two years. You will be introduced to key concepts and the latest research in lectures, while working through problems and honing your specialist knowledge in small group tutorials. Independent and group projects are a key part of the degree and you may be asked to deliver presentations and write up coursework in this area of study. Assessment is carried out through written or oral exams, coursework and projects.

A degree in mathematics and statistics helps you develop skills in finding patterns, drawing conclusions, dealing with abstract concepts, analysing large quantities of data and approaching problems in an analytical and rigorous way.

What kind of jobs can I get by studying Mathematics?

A degree in mathematics affords graduates diverse career paths, often set out by the mathematics topics they’ve chosen to focus on as well s the level of academic study they reach – along with any complimentary skills they may have. Mathematicians typically go on to pursue acreers in scientific research, engineering, business and finance, teaching, defense, computing and various types of analysis.

How can U-Multirank help me find the best Mathematics study programme for me?

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