Computer Science and Mathematics MSci Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
GG1K

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Mathematics and computing are intrinsically linked. By combining them in one Masters programme you gain a robust, advanced understanding of the two disciplines, equipping you with sophisticated specialist skills and detailed technical knowledge, allowing you to excel in your chosen career.

Mathematics forms the foundations of all technology and computing, and as such, a rigorous study of the discipline provides invaluable insight and understanding into computer science. Furthermore, computer science is itself a dynamic discipline with a wide range of applications. As a result, this combined programme offers you a robust and comprehensive skill set, in-depth specialist knowledge, and fantastic career opportunities.

You will explore the theory and practice of innovative and experimental computer science, while gaining an advanced understanding of the mathematical concepts and processes behind them. The depth and breadth of knowledge and experience gained over the four years will prove to be a challenging but rewarding opportunity, placing you in the strongest position as you move forward into your chosen career.

During your first year, you will build on your previous knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. Modules cover a wide range of topics from calculus, probability and statistics to logic, proofs and theorems. As well as developing your technical knowledge and mathematical skills, you will also enhance your data analysis, problem-solving and quantitative reasoning skills. Additionally, you will be introduced to software development and the fundamentals of computer science. These topics will allow you to gain a wealth of technical knowledge and develop key interdisciplinary skills.

In the second year, you will begin to drill down into specialist maths and computing modules, studying Human-Computer Interaction; Software Design; Linear Algebra; and Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing. These core modules will ensure you gain a solid understanding of the disciplines that is applicable in the real-world. Alongside these, you will also be able to choose from a range of optional maths modules, these include: Abstract Algebra, Complex Analysis, and Real Analysis. In addition, you will bring your skills and knowledge together in a group project, which will allow you to apply what you have learnt to the real-world and gain valuable, practical experience.

For the third year, your study will be largely guided by your own interests. Compulsory modules, such as Artificial Intelligence, Languages and Compilation, and Security and Risk, will enhance and progress your computer science knowledge and provide insight into the sort of activity you will encounter in the real-world. However, the wide range of optional modules you can choose from will allow you to delve deeper into your own interests and customise the year to suit your career ambitions.

The fourth and final year of your degree will introduce a variety of advanced modules for you to choose from. You can build a strong repertoire of maths and computer science skills and knowledge, to suit your interests and goals, including: Data Mining; Galois Theory; Lie Groups and Lie Algebras; Operator Theory; and Systems Architecture and Integration. You will also benefit from our Research Methods module, which will provide you with a formal understanding of research, and allow you to gain the appropriate skills and practices. You will learn to critically reflect on your research and will gain an appreciation of the different ways that other disciplines, academic communities and industries conduct research. This will provide invaluable insight and experience for many graduate careers as well as for continuing in academia.   

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Mathematics and computing are intrinsically linked. By combining them in one Masters programme you gain a robust, advanced understanding of the two disciplines, equipping you with sophisticated specialist skills and detailed technical knowledge, allowing you to excel in your chosen career.

    Mathematics forms the foundations of all technology and computing, and as such, a rigorous study of the discipline provides invaluable insight and understanding into computer science. Furthermore, computer science is itself a dynamic discipline with a wide range of applications. As a result, this combined programme offers you a robust and comprehensive skill set, in-depth specialist knowledge, and fantastic career opportunities.

    You will explore the theory and practice of innovative and experimental computer science, while gaining an advanced understanding of the mathematical concepts and processes behind them. The depth and breadth of knowledge and experience gained over the four years will prove to be a challenging but rewarding opportunity, placing you in the strongest position as you move forward into your chosen career.

    During your first year, you will build on your previous knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. Modules cover a wide range of topics from calculus, probability and statistics to logic, proofs and theorems. As well as developing your technical knowledge and mathematical skills, you will also enhance your data analysis, problem-solving and quantitative reasoning skills. Additionally, you will be introduced to software development and the fundamentals of computer science. These topics will allow you to gain a wealth of technical knowledge and develop key interdisciplinary skills.

    In the second year, you will begin to drill down into specialist maths and computing modules, studying Human-Computer Interaction; Software Design; Linear Algebra; and Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing. These core modules will ensure you gain a solid understanding of the disciplines that is applicable in the real-world. Alongside these, you will also be able to choose from a range of optional maths modules, these include: Abstract Algebra, Complex Analysis, and Real Analysis. In addition, you will bring your skills and knowledge together in a group project, which will allow you to apply what you have learnt to the real-world and gain valuable, practical experience.

    For the third year, your study will be largely guided by your own interests. Compulsory modules, such as Artificial Intelligence, Languages and Compilation, and Security and Risk, will enhance and progress your computer science knowledge and provide insight into the sort of activity you will encounter in the real-world. However, the wide range of optional modules you can choose from will allow you to delve deeper into your own interests and customise the year to suit your career ambitions.

    The fourth and final year of your degree will introduce a variety of advanced modules for you to choose from. You can build a strong repertoire of maths and computer science skills and knowledge, to suit your interests and goals, including: Data Mining; Galois Theory; Lie Groups and Lie Algebras; Operator Theory; and Systems Architecture and Integration. You will also benefit from our Research Methods module, which will provide you with a formal understanding of research, and allow you to gain the appropriate skills and practices. You will learn to critically reflect on your research and will gain an appreciation of the different ways that other disciplines, academic communities and industries conduct research. This will provide invaluable insight and experience for many graduate careers as well as for continuing in academia.   

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAA including A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics OR AAB including A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

    IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL

    BTEC May be accepted alongside A level Mathematics grade A and Further Mathematics grade A

    STEP Paper or the Test of Mathematics for University Admission Please note it is not a compulsory entry requirement to take these tests, but for applicants who are taking any of the papers alongside Mathematics and/or Further Mathematics we may be able to make a more favourable offer. Full details can be found on the Mathematics and Statistics webpage.

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    Year 3

      Core

      Optional

    Year 4

      Core

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules 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.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    Both computer science and maths graduates are highly sought after individually, but by combining the two disciplines a wide range of opportunities become available. Many of our graduates go on to work in professional software and systems development environments or in technology, computing, financial services or management roles.  Our graduates can expect a competitive starting salary in careers such as:

    • Business Analyst
    • Data Scientist
    • Information Systems Manager
    • Multimedia Programmer
    • Quantitative Analyst
    • Risk Analyst
    • Software Engineer

    Alternatively, you may wish to undertake PhD-level study at Lancaster and pursue a career in research and teaching.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,890

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    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. 

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Our Courses

Our courses offer academic excellence. We have 3 single-honours degrees and 10 combined-honours degrees. We have focused our courses in the first two years, so you can choose from a wide range of third and fourth-year topics. Our academic research shapes our courses with the latest developments.

Friendly and Collaborative

The department has around 50 academic staff and 500 undergraduate students. Throughout your course, you will have weekly workshops and marked assignments. You will have opportunity to discuss each topic and get feedback from expert tutors. We also offer one-to-one sessions during lecturers' office hours, so you soon get to know us and vice versa.

Supportive Environment

You will receive the support you need to achieve your full academic potential. We are a friendly department and foster a supportive learning environment. You will have an academic tutor who will assist you throughout your degree. We also encourage you to attend our weekly Maths Café, lead by fellow students.

  • Which A Levels should I be studying?

    Our minimum requirement for A Level applicants is that you should be studying at least three A Levels including A Level Mathematics. We encourage but do not require, you to study A Level Further Mathematics as well - our standard offer is slightly lower for those taking A Level Further Mathematics. If it is not possible for you to study A Level Further Mathematics, think about studying AS Level Further Mathematics - the style of mathematics in Further Mathematics, especially Further Pure Mathematics, is similar to university mathematics and will be excellent preparation for further study.

    We do not usually accept vocational qualifications like BTEC or Cambridge Technicals unless you are also studying A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics. If this applies to you, then we would treat your vocational qualification as equivalent to a third A Level.

  • What about STEP?

    The Sixth Term Examination Papers in Mathematics are a set of three papers, set by Cambridge Assessment and sat in June, which are designed to really test your problem-solving skills. Each paper lasts three hours and contains thirteen relatively long questions, all of which are optional - you answer as many of them as you wish, up to a maximum of six questions. You may enter any combination of the three papers - those applying to Cambridge will usually sit Paper 2 and Paper 3, while those applying to Warwick or Bath will usually sit Paper 1 plus, optionally, one or both of the other papers.

    We value the way that STEP develops advanced problem-solving skills and all our standard offers include an alternative, slightly lower offer that includes a pass (Grade 3) in any STEP. Sitting STEP is optional, however, and if you choose not to sit STEP, this won't harm your chances of receiving an offer from us. If you sit STEP and do not pass, please do not worry - we will treat you exactly the same as if you hadn't sat STEP at all.

  • What about the Test of Maths for University Admission?

    The Test of Maths for University Admission is a test, set by Cambridge Assessment and sat in November. Like STEP, the Test of Maths for University Admission is designed to test your problem-solving and readiness for university-level mathematics, but the format is very different - it is made up of two multiple-choice question papers, each lasting 75 minutes. Results are available at the end of November - you will receive a grade ranging from 1.0 to 9.0.

    A strong performance in the Test of Maths for University Admission is very impressive. If you sit the Test and perform well, achieving a score above 4.5, you may well receive a lower offer from us. Sitting the Test is optional, however, and if you choose not to sit the Test, this won't harm your chances of receiving an offer from us. Indeed:

    • you do not need to tell us that you're sitting the Test;
    • if you sit the test, you do not need to tell us your result; and
    • a poor result will not damage your chances - we will treat you the same as if you hadn't sat the Test at all.

    If you inform us of your Test result before receiving an offer from us and have achieved a score of 4.5 or higher, we will take this into account when we decide on your application, and we may well make you a lower offer than usual.

    If you inform us of your Test result after receiving an offer from us and have achieved a score of 4.5 or higher, we will consider your result, and may well replace your existing offer with a lower one.

  • Our standard offer

    The standard offers for courses administered by our Department are outlined in the table below.

    Programme of StudyUCASSTEP/TMUAIncluding Maths at Grade AIncluding Maths and Further Maths at least one at Grade A
    Mathematics BSc
    Mathematics BSc (Placement Year)
    Mathematics MSci
    Mathematics MSci (Study Abroad)
    Statistics BSc
    Statistics BSc (Placement Year)
    Statistics MSci
    Statistics MSci (Study Abroad)
    Mathematics with Statistics BSc
    Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Placement Year)
    Mathematics with Statistics MSci
    Mathematics with Statistics MSci (Study Abroad)
    Financial Mathematics BSc
    Financial Mathematics BSc (Industry)
    Financial Mathematics MSci
    Computer Science and Mathematics BSc
    Computer Science and Mathematics MSci
    G100
    G102
    G101
    G103
    G300
    G302
    G303
    G301
    G1G3
    GCG3
    G1GJ
    G1GH
    GN13
    GN1J
    GN1H
    GG14
    GG1K
    Not taken AAA AAB
    Mathematics BSc
    Mathematics BSc (Placement Year)
    Mathematics MSci
    Mathematics MSci (Study Abroad)
    Statistics BSc
    Statistics BSc (Placement Year)
    Statistics MSci
    Statistics MSci (Study Abroad)
    Mathematics with Statistics BSc
    Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Placement Year)
    Mathematics with Statistics MSci
    Mathematics with Statistics MSci (Study Abroad)
    Financial Mathematics BSc
    Financial Mathematics BSc (Industry)
    Financial Mathematics MSci
    Computer Science and Mathematics BSc
    Computer Science and Mathematics MSci
    G100
    G102
    G101
    G103
    G300
    G302
    G303
    G301
    G1G3
    GCG3
    G1GJ
    G1GH
    GN13
    GN1J
    GN1H
    GG14
    GG1K
    STEP Level 3 +
    or TMUA 4.5+
    AAB ABB
    Mathematics and Philosophy BA GV15 Not taken AAB ABB
    Mathematics and Philosophy BA GV15 STEP Level 3 +
    or TMUA 4.5+
    ABB ABB
    French Studies and Mathematics BA
    German Studies and Mathematics BA
    Spanish Studies and Mathematics BA
    GR11
    GR12
    GR14
    N/A AAB
    (Maths Grade A, Language Grade B)
    ABB
    (Maths Grade A, Language Grade B)
    Accounting, Finance and Mathematics BSc
    Accounting, Finance and Mathematics BSc (Industry)
    Economics and Mathematics BSc
    NG41
    NG42
    GL11
    N/A AAB including Maths or Further Maths Grade A
    BSc Theoretical Physics with Mathematics F3GC N/A AAB including Maths and Physics
    MSci Theoretical Physics with Mathematics
    MSci Theoretical Physics with Mathematics (Study Abroad)
    F3G1
    F3G5
    N/A AAA including Maths and Physics
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Study Abroad

You can spend your second year studying at one of our partner universities. These partner Universities span the globe: in Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Where you choose to study at is up to you, although places are subject to availability.

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Get Involved

There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in extracurricular activities that will enrich your degree and enable you to pursue your interests in computing outside of your classes.

Compete

Computing students join national competitions such as the Barclays Technology Challenge. In this, teams are given a selection of problems and must find solutions by creating prototypes and a commercial plan. An expert panel of judges decide the winners. Prizes include work experience with Barclays and the BBC.

Travel

Our Students' Union offers a subsidised opportunity for you to expand your academic horizons. Computing students have travelled to the USA for Your Global Exploration. This involves visiting other universities, meeting companies and taking part in technological challenges.

Join

Our Computer Science Society is a student-led society that hosts events - talks, hackathons, and meetups. These are to explore and share ideas in computing, communications and information technology. It offers its members networking opportunities with potential employers. The Society also hosts a forum for discussing topics around computing.

Innovate

The Innovation Hub offers you the opportunity to develop ideas that could enhance your student experience. We encourage computing students to get involved with developing technological solutions. Our students help to support the development of the iLancaster app - a free app delivering services, resources and information.

Support

We have an enthusiastic team of student ambassadors who provide support at events and help in the local community. You could help to inspire children to learn programming or computational thinking. Help us to encourage the next generation of computer scientists. Our students have been involved in a nationwide network of after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.

Careers and Personal Development

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We want you to make the best start to your career.

Professional Experience

Many of our degrees have the option to work on projects and dissertations for external companies. We also offer industrial placements and industry specific modules.

Internships

Our students and recent graduates can apply for relevant, paid work experience. Internships allow you to apply your academic knowledge in real-world situations - and get paid for it!

Careers Support

Our careers service offers lifetime support, help and friendly advice. Search for opportunities or explore options for further study.

Postgraduate

After you have graduated, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies to the level of Masters or PhD. In addition, we have a number of careers resources specifically for postgraduates.

Meet our Students

Edward Thompson

MSci Hons Computer Science (with Industrial Experience)
"The enthusiasm lecturers have for their field of study makes the content a pleasure to learn. I’ve always been especially impressed with how the academic staff treat you like a peer, allowing for a pleasant and cooperative learning environment. This led me to get involved with the countless opportunities made available to those who seek more from their degree."

Monica Plotkin

BSc Hons Computer Science
"Since technology has become a fundamental part of everyday life, studying Computer Science presents many future opportunities. So far, my favourite aspect has been the second year Group Project. We collaborated as a team in researching, implementing and developing our own game. The broad range of topics covered here at Lancaster gives students a good foundation to enter a multitude of careers"

András Herczeg

BSc Hons Software Engineering
"Among the many exciting modules, the second year Software Design module stood out for me. Being able to come up with a whole system on our own and develop it into a working product in a year was a very rewarding experience. The best thing about studying here is being able to put all the theories of computer science into practice in our labs and project work."

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to prospective undergraduate students. These are to help with fees or living expenses. Academic Scholarships are for students with a strong performance in their A-levels (or equal). Access Scholarships and Bursaries are for students from households with lower than average incomes.

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