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Maths Resources

The School of Mathematical Sciences has been involved in and has supported many different projects which have produced resources for teaching mathematics and highlighting career opportunities for mathematics graduates. You can access many resources from this page.

Parents' Guide to Studying Mathematics

Aimed at parents whose children are thinking about studying mathematics, articles cover what the subject is like at university, the finance arrangements from 2012 onwards, and what careers graduates can expect to go into.


Where the Maths You Learn is Used

This booklet looks at the impact of mathematics beyond the subject itself and provides a clear link from the syllabus to applications in a range of different industries. It is hoped therefore that provides extra impetus for students in their studies and starts to provide some thoughts to how a student will want to one day use his/her mathematics degree. This was developed for undergraduate students, but the content is accessible for A-level students. View the booklet here:

You can explore the topics from the book further here

Energy and the Environment Summer School

In 2010 and 2011 we ran sessions as part of a Year 12 summer school focused on issues relating to energy and the environment. The mathematics topics covered was networks. Students were asked to produce posters explaining what networks are in the context of electricity and gas distribution. Posters are available to download as PDFs below.

[Poster 1] [Poster 2] [Poster 3] [Poster 4]

What Employers Want Films

This series of videos came into the same project as the “Where the Maths You Learn is Used” booklet. A range of employers talk about their experiences and offer advice to mathematics undergraduates. They can be viewed online here:

We are grateful to the Institute of Maths and its Applications and the HE STEM programme for their support.

Queen Mary Mathematical Sciences degree: your career your future!

In this booklet primarily Queen Mary mathematics alumni talk about their careers and/or postgraduate study. The booklet is arranged chronologically through a career in that the case studies start from current students and progress all the way up to mathematics alumni who have now retired. The booklets exemplifies the various uses of a mathematics degree as well as including useful factual information for students who want to know more about each particular case study.


Mathematical Magic

Mathematics and magic may seem a strange combination, but many of the most powerful magical effects performed today have a mathematical basis. Maths is also the secret behind the technologies we use, the products we buy and the jobs we do. Written jointly by our Mathematics Fellow Matt Parker and Professor of Computer Science Peter McOwan, the Manual gives young mathematicians the chance to be creative, finding new ways to solve problems and discovering the key to the perfect magic trick. Along the journey they will also uncover the skills of a good mathematician, one with the useful employment skills you get from being good at mathematics.

Resources can be downloaded here:


The following website contains step by step guides on how to do some magic tricks. This is another project from our Outreach Officer Matt Parker and Professor of Computer Science Peter McOwan but this time science, engineering, maths and technology are tackled. It also includes the history of science and engineering in magic and numerous films showing a variety of mind-bending tricks.


This is a guide for sixth form students to aid them in their university choices. It covers mathematics in addition to other science and engineering subjects. You can download all the issues below as PDFs.

Issue 2

Issue 3

Issue 4

Smartphone Apps

We have collated a list of Smartphone Apps relating to Mathematics which can be accessed here.