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14+6 Science Majors

Major in Mathematics


About the Major

The Mathematics Major provides students with a solid and comprehensive undergraduate education in the subject. It aims to nurture quantitative reasoning, logical, analytical and critical thinking, innovative imagination, meticulous care to work, ability to conceptualise, skills for problem-solving, and capability to tackle novel situations and ill-defined problems.

Core courses in the curriculum emphasise fundamental knowledge and concepts in Mathematics. Elective courses provide training in both pure and applied aspects of Mathematics. Throughout the curriculum there is also emphasis on experiential learning through guided studies, projects, seminars and summer internships. With diverse variety of courses, various specialisations are available. These will lead to careers in a wide range of sectors including economics and finance, information technology, logistics, management, education, research and further studies.

Career Prospects

  • Mathematics Major graduates find employment in commerce (banking and finance), information technology industry, government and public organisations, service industry and education (secondary schools and universities) sectors;
  • Many of our graduates continue their postgraduate studies (Master and PhD) in overseas or local universities.

Student Sharing

Wen Boya

WEN Boya 

2016 BSc graduate (major in Mathematics)
Participant of Overseas Research Fellowship Scheme in Department of Mathematics, Cornell University 2014-15
Participant of Summer Research Fellowship Scheme in Department of Mathematics in summer, 2013-14

Boya is now pursuing her PhD studies in Mathematics at Princeton University

“When I entered HKU, I did not know I was going to choose mathematics as my Major. It was only after one year’s study in different branches of science that I made up my mind to dive into mathematics. The journey in math has never been easy for me, but throughout the adventure, the professors are always more than happy to guide. I cannot describe how kind and helpful they are. If you are enthusiastic to study math and willing to work hard, the programme has plenty of opportunities for you.”

Wu Yao Chen

WU Yaochen 

2018 BSc Graduate (major in Mathematics and minor in Physics)
Participant of Summer Research Fellowship Scheme in Department of Mathematics, 2017
Yaochen is going to pursue his PhD studies in Mathematics at Yale University from Fall 2018.

"For me, mathematics is a beautiful language which reveals subtle things in its own way. I was determined to pursue an academic career only after about two years of study. Since then, I have received much instruction and help from different members of the Department of Mathematics, in particular during the research projects or seminars. They are always patient and encouraging, yet they are still serious and sets challenging goals for me. If you appreciate the beauty of mathematics, you will certainly wish to join this programme where you can find plenty of opportunities and great instructors."