What is Engineering Mathematics?

Engineering Mathematics is the art of applying mathematics to complex real-world problems. It combines mathematical theory, practical engineering and scientific computing to address today’s technological challenges.

Engineering Mathematics is a creative and exciting discipline, spanning traditional boundaries. Engineering mathematicians can be found in an extraordinarily wide range of careers, from designing next generation Formula One cars to working at the cutting edge of robotics, from running their own business creating new autonomous vehicles to developing innovative indices for leading global financial institutions.

Mathematical modelling

The key skill of an engineering mathematician is mathematical modelling: the art of applying mathematics to complex real-world problems. Problem solving of this kind really is an art that can only be learnt from hands-on experience, so that's how we teach it: using case studies taken from a whole range of engineering, scientific, industrial and business applications. A thread of mathematical modelling units runs throughout all our degree programmes. In these you will work in teams to tackle challenging and open-ended problems, applying the theory you have learnt in other units.

Transferable skills

As well as cutting-edge technical skills, you'll also learn many important transferable skills. These are highly valued by employers and are often central to career success.

Research projects

In the fourth year of our MEng programmes you will have the opportunity to consolidate your modelling skills in an extensive individual project. Every project focuses on a genuine scientific, technological or industrial problem, and many are devised by the students themselves. They provide a showcase for your degree and often lead to in papers in scientific and engineering journals, and continue directly into PhD research or work in industry.


Engineering Mathematics graduates are superbly employable. Last year, 94% of our graduates were employed within six months of leaving university. The vast majority of graduates choose to pursue careers which actively use the technical skills they have developed during the course, for example, in industry, information technology or academia. Our many connections with industry, through collaborative research and consultancy, mean that our courses remain relevant professionally, and that we are well placed to recommend the best graduate employers.

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