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«A mathematician would do it better»
— Hugo Steinhaus
What are the career opportunities for someone with a degree in mathematics?
What are the competitive advantages for someone with a degree in mathematics, beyond pure mathematics?
What areas, besides pure mathematics, have a demand for specialists with a mathematics degree?
Where do Faculty of Mathematics graduates continue their studies?
Where do Faculty of Mathematics graduates work?
Useful links for graduates
The most obvious positions would be as a researcher mathematician and lecturer, who proves new theorems and teaches mathematics to university or school students. This is a sought-after career path to take. For example, the professions of Mathematician and University Professor take the first two positions in the Jobs Rated international ranking, and Forbes magazine wrote: ‘...this year science and math are king on the job market’.
A typical pure mathematician’s career starts with doctoral studies and obtaining a PhD in Mathematics (2-5 years), and continues with post-doc positions (2-7 years), followed by a position at a university or research institution. Our first MSc students graduated in 2014, so our first graduates are at the very beginning of this path. That said we already have grounds to be proud of them, since about a quarter of our graduates enter PhD programmes at the world’s best mathematics departments, such as Harvard, Caltech, Columbia, MIT, Princeton, Yale, and ETH Zurich. Let’s hear from the graduates themselves:
But, globally, not many mathematics graduates choose this path. Most go on to knowledge-intensive industries where they earn on average more than their classmates who stayed within the comfortable confines of academia.
That’s why mathematicians have been civilization’s ‘intellectual commando unit’ for over three centuries: they are at the forefront of most breakthroughs in science and applications, they develop new areas and organize the expert training process.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that for a mathematics graduate the global labour market is so extensive that it includes the full range of intellectual areas of work. These related specializations give some idea of potential career opportunities:
Our students also have the opportunity to study all these fields. During the latter years of their undergraduate studies, and on Master’s programmes, they have the options of taking subjects taught by any HSE department, can attend the Yandex School of Data Analysis, choose a minor, and attend summer schools with Faculty support.
Most of our graduates prefer continuing their studies rather than entering the jobs market. Here are some examples of the areas of their postgraduate studies:
Universities that Faculty graduates choose for postgraduate studies include:
Our faculty may be relatively young, but our first graduates who have sought careers outside academia have established themselves in insurance, analysis, IT and other knowledge-intensive areas in both Russian and international companies. They are also in demand in mathematical education – in international universities (MIT, University of Maryland), and at Moscow’s best schools (No 2, No 57, and No 179), as well as at HSE, where one of our graduates has received the Best Teacher award for the third year in a row.
Photos of past years’ graduates
HSE Alumni Association (including Facebook, LinkedIn , Vkontakte, Twitter)
HSE.Family (internal social network for HSE graduates, in Russian)
FAQ for graduates (in Russian)