Employability and transferable skills

The importance of gaining valuable core skills and life experience whist at University has never been so critical. In the Mathematics Department at Swansea University you will be taught a  full range of topics by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a wide range of careers.

Our Undergraduate degrees in Mathematics will:

  • provide you with a wide range of mathematical skills and knowledge
  • develop an understanding of mathematical principles
  • understand the role mathematics plays in the world
  • develop the ability to reason logically
  • appreciate patterns and relationships in mathematics
  • appreciate the interdependence of different branches of mathematics
  • gain satisfaction and enjoyment from problem solving and abstract ideas
  • use computers to aid mathematical problem solving
  • develop your essential transferable skills, such as communication, presentation, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • prepare you for a rewarding career in a wide range of areas such as the actuarial profession, the financial sector,  IT, teaching, computer programming and systems administration,  and opportunities within business and industry where employers need mathematicians for research and development, statistical analysis, marketing and sales:  recent graduates have obtained roles at Deutsche Bank, the Office of National Statistics, AXA, BA, Shell Research, BMW, KPMG, Tesco, Procter and Gamble, Zurich Financial Services, Health Authorities, Local Government, for instance
  • prepare you for postgraduate study in mathematics and other disciplines and for academic research
  • allow you to do  a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education)

SEA logo‌The Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) was created to give all students easy access to a comprehensive employability programme. Working closely with the Careers Service, SEA is committed to improve all elements of student employability, from timetabled careers sessions and fairs, delivery of the SEA award, the WOW and SPIN placement programmes through to events like the dedicated employability week activity, ongoing scheduled employer events, talks and seminar sessions. Whenever you see this logo across campus you know an employability event, workshop or employer talk is taking place which you can attend.


"Definitely do it. It’s easy to apply and you may gain some invaluable skills and experience. You have nothing to lose but a lot to gain.” L Vaughan, 2nd year student, WOW placement 2015.


"Santander Universities SME Internship Programme is an amazing scheme. Having Santander add their weight to supporting graduates to get real world experience is adding real benefits to students at Swansea University." Adam Curtis, CEO at Hoowla & Co-Founder of TechHub, a Swansea SME.

Graduate Destinations

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Academic Staff (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta)
  • Research Engineer Data Scientist (C3 Resources Ltd)
  • Research Analyst (Digital-I)
  • Client Relationship Manager (Lasenby Knox)
  • Risk Analyst (TSB Bank)
  • Actuary Trainee (Lloyds Bank)
  • Auditor (KPMG)
  • Data Analyst (Golley Slater)
  • Research Officer (Office for National statistics)
  • Graduate Administrator (HSBC)
  • Junior Pricing Analyst (Admiral Group PLC)
  • Associate (Deloitte LLP)
  • Financial Advisor (Tesco)


“I learnt more about teamwork and data collection in the real world… I would advise new students to apply.” M Langley, 2nd year student, SPIN placement 2015.               

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Find out more

To find out more about the Employability support on offer here at Swansea University, please the SEA academy website for information: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/employability-academy/