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8 university programmes to consider if you enjoy doing maths

If you are someone who loves mathematics and enjoys solving complex problems, then pursuing a university programme that utilises mathematics as a tool can open up a wide range of career opportunities in various industries, including finance, research, and technology.
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Some people may frown at the mention of mathematics, perhaps due to an ugly history they have with the subject. However, there are people who consider mathematics to be a fascinating subject and enjoy it genuinely. If you are one of such people, then continue reading.

Mathematics is a fundamental subject that is used in almost all areas of science, technology, engineering and finance. It is a subject that requires creativity, logical thinking and analytical skills. If you are someone who loves mathematics and enjoys solving complex problems, then pursuing a university programme that utilises mathematics as a tool can open up a wide range of career opportunities in various industries, including finance, research, and technology.

Edugist highlights eight university programmes that you should consider if you enjoy doing mathematics. 


1. Mathematics (Pure and Applied)

This is the most obvious programme for anyone who enjoys doing mathematics. Pursuing a degree in mathematics provides a solid foundation in pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and mathematical modelling. It also teaches critical thinking, problem-solving, and logic, which are valuable skills for any career. Pure mathematics graduates can work in various industries, including finance and research. On the other hand, graduates of applied mathematics, a programme that applies mathematical methods to solve real-world problems in various fields, including physics, engineering, and biology, can work in industries including technology and government. Applied mathematics curriculum usually covers mathematics, computer science, and scientific computing.


2. Physics

Physics aims to study the fundamental laws of nature, including the behaviour of matter and energy. Physics curriculum often covers subjects like quantum mechanics, relativity, optics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics and theoretical physics, which are deeply rooted in mathematics. Physics graduates can work in research, education and technology.


3. Computer science

Computer science is a great programme for mathematics lovers who are interested in computational mathematics and computer modelling. The curriculum covers programming, algorithms, data structures and discrete mathematics. Computer science graduates can work in the technology industries, including software development, data science and cybersecurity, among others.


4. Engineering

Engineering programmes like chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and systems engineering, among others apply mathematics and science to design, build and maintain structures, machines and systems. The curriculum often covers engineering applied mathematics, numerical methods, physics and engineering design. Engineering graduates can work in industries, including aerospace, automotive, energy, oil and gas, and structural engineering.


5. Data science (Statistics, AI, ML)

Data science is a programme that uses mathematics and statistics to extract insights from data. The curriculum covers specialised programming, statistics, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and data visualisation. With specific subject matter expertise, business intelligence (BI) for example, to uncover actionable insights hidden in an organisation’s data, data science graduates can work in industries, including technology, finance, healthcare and government. These insights can be used to guide decision making and strategic planning.


6. Economics

Economics studies how societies allocate resources to produce and distribute goods and services. Contemporary economics uses mathematics extensively, drawing on the tools of calculus, linear algebra, statistics, game theory and computer science. Professional economists are expected to be familiar with these tools, while a minority specialises in econometrics and mathematical methods. Economists are employed as consultants and in industry, including banking and finance. Economists also work for various government departments and agencies, for example, the national treasury, central bank or National Bureau of Statistics. 


7. Accounting 

Also called accountancy, the terms “accounting” and “financial reporting” are often used interchangeably. The field involves the measurement, processing and communication of financial and non-financial information about economic entities such as businesses and corporations. The maths in accounting curriculum can go from mild algebra and basic arithmetic operations to financial mathematics such as annuity, discounting of interest or statistical tools like time series analysis. Accountants often work to measure the results of an organisation’s economic activities and convey this information to a variety of stakeholders, including investors, creditors, management and regulators. 


8. Actuarial science

Actuarial science applies rigorous mathematics to model matters of uncertainty. It utilises mathematics and statistics to assess risk in insurance, pension, finance, investment and other industries and professions. The field includes a number of interrelated subjects, including mathematics, probability theory, statistics, finance, economics, financial accounting and computer science. Actuarial science graduates can work in various industries, including insurance, investment and consulting.

Final thoughts

The university programmes highlighted are just a few of the many options available to mathematics lovers. When choosing a programme, it is advisable to carefully consider your interests, strengths and career goals. With the right programme and dedication, you can turn your love for mathematics into a rewarding career.

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