What Will You Study
Studying for a combined honours degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at Lancaster gives you the opportunity to learn in two of the country’s leading teaching and research departments. Lancaster’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics is tenth in the UK, as ranked by The Guardian University Guide, 2014.
Your degree unites the fundamentals of Computer Science - including languages and logic, systems, communications and software engineering - with Pure Mathematics concepts, including algebra and analysis. Lectures and tutorials are combined with projects and practical laboratory sessions where you can put theory into practice.
You’ll start your degree with courses covering Calculus, Matrix Methods and Probability. In your second year, you’ll move on to subjects such as Software Project Management and
Linear Algebra before completing your degree with modules including Hilbert Space, Number Theory, Bayesian Inference, and Geometry of Curves and Surfaces.
- Accounting, Finance and Computer Science : BSc Hons
- Accounting, Finance and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Computer Science : BSc Hons
- Computer Science (Study Abroad) : BSc Hons
- Computer Science (with Industrial Experience) : MSci Hons
- Computer Science and Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Computer Systems Engineering : BEng Hons
- Computer Systems Engineering : MEng Hons
- Economics and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Financial Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Financial Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Financial Mathematics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- French Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- French Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- German Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- IT for Creative Industries : BSc Hons
- IT for Creative Industries (with Industrial Experience) : MSci Hons
- Management and Information Technology (4 years including placement) : BSc Hons
- Management Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Mathematics (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Mathematics with Statistics : BSc Hons
- Mathematics with Statistics : MSci Hons
- Mathematics with Statistics (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Software Engineering : BSc Hons
- Software Engineering (with Industrial Experience) : MSci
- Spanish Studies and Computing : BSc Hons
- Spanish Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- Statistics : BSc Hons
- Statistics : MSci Hons
- Statistics (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Differential Equations
- Discrete Mathematics
- Fundamentals of Computer Science
- Geometry and Calculus
- Matrix Methods
- Numbers and Relations
- Series and Functions
- Software Development
- Computer Science Group Project
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Linear Algebra
- Software Design
- 2nd Yr Project Skills
- Complex Analysis
- Groups and Rings
- Professional Issues and Research Methods
- Real Analysis
- Artificial Intelligence
- Bayesian Inference
- Computer Science Seminars
- Differential Equations
- Elliptic Curves
- Geometry of Curves and Surfaces
- Groups and Symmetry
- Hilbert Space
- Languages and Compilation
- Likelihood Inference
- Mathematical Education
- Mathematical Education Placement
- Medical Statistics: study design and data analysis
- Metric Spaces
- Number Theory
- Probability and Measure
- Project Skills
- Representation Theory of Finite Groups
- Rings Fields and Polynomials
- Security and Risk
- Statistical Models
- Stochastic Processes
- Topics in Modern Statistics
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A-level: AAB including Mathematics or ABB including Mathematics and Further Mathematics (one of these to be at grade A)
General Studies: Accepted as one of 3 A-levels
Key Skills: Not included in the offer
GCSE: Maths (C) and English Language (C)
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 35 points overall with 16 points from best three HL courses, inc 6 in HL Mathematics
BTEC: Not usually accepted
HNC/D in Computing: Distinctions in all relevant units with merits in remaining units considered for direct entry to Part II
Mature students: Applications welcome. Evidence of formal study required within the past three years. We always interview mature students. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
Lancaster’s Computer Science graduates have the skills required to work in a professional software and systems development environment. Our Mathematics graduates are valued by employers recruiting for a range of positions in technology, computing, financial services or management.
Combining both disciplines with transferable skills such as communication and teamwork, you will be prepared for a wide variety of positions in all sectors – from business, government, health and education, among others.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics organises talks throughout the year on suitable careers, which help to inform students about potential career options and create useful links with employers.
Many graduates also choose to go on to further study and you’ll find Lancaster offers excellent graduate opportunities on Masters and PhD programmes.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using various methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include basic and in-depth questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supervised in the production of final year project reports and dissertations, while students in laboratory classes are supported by demonstrators. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.