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The School of Mathematics and Physics comprises three teaching divisions, each with a head of teaching; and seven Research Centres. There is a considerable crossover between these areas and the ethos of the School is one of excellence in research informing excellence in teaching. Students enjoy the benefits of modern practical laboratories, extensive computer facilities, and a programme for the development of personal skills, such as computation, information processing, problem solving and written and oral communication.

Welcome to the Mathematics & Physical Sciences Pathway!
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The Mathematics & Physical Sciences Pathway programme will give you an opportunity to see how skills you learn in Maths and Science classes at school can be applied to help understand and solve real world problems such as climate change. During this fun and rewarding program you will learn about the diverse range of topics that maths and the physical sciences encompasses. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet and chat to our current students studying for degrees here, some of whom have come through the Pathway Opportunity Programme. If you have any further questions, please get in touch! Steven White
Mathematics & Physical Sciences
  • What do I need to study on the Maths & Physical Science Pathway?

    We would advise that all students check the academic entry requirements (GCSE, A-Levels or equivalent) for each course before applying for their Pathway.  Many courses specify that you must have achieved a specific grade at a specific level in order to be conisidered for a place on the undergradtuate programme.  Therefore, it is important that you clarify this information as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment.   

    Please click here to be redirected to the Queen's University course finder, where you should find all necessary details - in particular, pre-requisite information.

  • What courses can I study at Queen's after taking part in the Maths & Physical Science pathway?

    Students completing this Pathway are eligible to apply for a range of courses under their subject area.  For the full list, have a look at our Pathway Courses Available document for further information.

  • What does the Summer School look like?

    Over the course of the week long Summer School, you will get a chance to study alongside academics, current Queen's students and your Pathway peers.  You'll get to have a look at practical skills, have an insight into university life, and a chance to explore careers and employment opportunities available to those that study subjects from within your pathway.

  • What careers are available for graduates in this field?

    The careers options available to students who study on courses related to this Pathway are vast and varied.  For example, those studying Physics can move into careers such as:

    • Academic researcher
    • Acoustic consultant
    • Astronomer
    • Clinical scientist, medical physics
    • Geophysicist
    • Higher education lecturer
    • Metallurgist
    • Meteorologist
    • Nanotechnologist
    • Radiation protection practitioner
    • Research scientist (physical sciences)
    • Secondary school teacher
    • Sound engineer
    • Technical author

    Whilst a student graduating from a degree in Mathematics may choose from careers such as:

    • Acoustic consultant
    • Actuarial analyst
    • Actuary
    • Astronomer
    • Chartered accountant
    • Chartered certified accountant
    • Data analyst
    • Data scientist
    • Investment analyst
    • Research scientist (maths)
    • Secondary school teacher
    • Software engineer
    • Sound engineer
    • Statistician

    and lastly, as an example, students studying Chemistry could look to careers like:

    • Academic researcher
    • Analytical chemist
    • Biotechnologist
    • Chemical engineer
    • Clinical scientist, biochemistry
    • Forensic scientist
    • Nanotechnologist
    • Pharmacologist
    • Research scientist (physical sciences)
    • Scientific laboratory technician
    • Toxicologist


    Remember - these are just some examples of the careers open to you but please do get in touch if there is anything you'd like to ask about.

  • How can I get in touch?

    If you have a question about one of our Pathways, or want to ask an academic a question, please email us at and someone will be in touch!

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