MSc courses are only a year long, therefore, it is particularly important that you start planning your next steps as early as possible.
Whether you already have plans in place or haven't yet decided what you want to do next, you should make the most of the range of services and resources available to you. Whichever stage you're at, the following information should help you in your next steps.
The Careers Service's Postgraduate pages are full of useful information for masters students, including online careers talks, 'How To' guides and more.
You academic advisor may be able to answer any questions that you have regarding further study or graduate applications, or at least provide you with the appropriate resources to find out more yourself. They may also have useful contacts who they can put you in touch with.
Darcey Gillie, Careers Consultant for Postgraduates, runs various annual talks for MSc students throughout the year. Some of these are 'Finding a job for Masters', 'CVs for Masters', 'Interviews for Masters', 'Academic Careers', and 'Assessment Centres for Postgraduates'.
If you have taken an MSc to streamline your career path and intend on applying for graduate schemes you must still apply early. Applications open from July onwards, with Autumn being the main period of recruitment. Although MSc students graduate in September rather than June, you will still be eligible to apply to the same graduate schemes as undergraduates.
You may want to visit the Final Year Students page and check that you have completed all of the steps suggested to undergraduate students hoping to secure graduate roles.
Meet with The School of Mathematics Careers Consultant, Karen Butterworth. If you need advice on a job application or updating your CV for careers fairs, book an appointment with Karen.
To book appointments visit CareersLink, ‘make an appointment’ and look for Maths Alan Turing Appointments.
The Calculating Careers Fair is not just for undergraduates. If you are looking to apply to graduate schemes this is an excellent opportunity to discuss your application with recruiters and ask any questions you might have.
The stands may be targetted at undergraduates but many of the companies at the fair will be able to give you advice specifically tailored to more technical roles only open to postgraduate applicants. Doing some research on the employers who will be attending and jobs you might like to ask them about in advance is a good way to make the most of the time you have with them. This event is designed specifically for the School of Maths, you will have more opportunity to talk to employers individually and get one on one advice than at the larger university-wide fairs.
The School runs events aimed specifically at postgraduate students. For example, the Careers in Statistics event runs in March and is intended for anyone about to embark on, or at the beginning of, their statistical career; it includes a range of presentations, talks and networking opportunities.
Visit the Maths Careers Events page to keep up to date with other upcoming opportunities.
A word map showing the various career and further study destinations for 2012 and 2013 MSc and PhD maths graduates from the University of Manchester.
If you are still unsure of your next steps, the University hosts a 2 day Graduate Recruitment Fair in June, attended by over 170 exhibitors. The University also runs other more career specific fairs, details of which can be found on the Careers Service Fairs and Events pages.
Research your PhD options
The School and University offer a number of Postgraduate Research Programmes. Funding for suitably-qualified applicants for the PhD
programme in mathematics is available but awarded competitively. In addition there are typically a small number of industrially funded
studentships available. Details of these can be found of the Fees and Funding page.
If you are looking into studying elsewhere, you can visit the Postgraduate Study Fair held at Manchester Central in November. This
is attended by over 90 institutions from both the UK and abroad.
Director of Postgraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics
"A postgraduate qualification from Manchester is highly regarded by employers."