Mathematics BSc Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
G100

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Mathematics forms the foundations of all science and technology and as such is an extensive and rigorous discipline. Our programme reflects this and offers a comprehensive, detailed study through excellent teaching and development opportunities.

Maths is difficult to concisely define, but at its core it is the study of change, patterns, quantities, structures and space. This engaging programme, and our reputation for excellence in research, means that you will receive high quality teaching delivered by academics who are leaders in their field. Throughout the three years, you will develop a range of discipline specific skills and gain specialist knowledge that will prepare you for 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.

In the second year, you will further develop your knowledge in analysis, algebra, probability and statistics. You will also be introduced to Computational Mathematics, exploring the theory and application of computation and numerical problem-solving methods. While studying these topics, you will complete our Project Skills module, which provides you with the chance to enhance your research and employment skills through an individual and group project. Additionally, you will gain experience of scientific writing, and you will practise using statistical software such as R and LaTeX.

Your final year offers a wide range of specialist optional modules, allowing you to develop and drive the programme to suit your interests and guide you to a specific career pathway. You will have the chance to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained in the first two years in advanced mathematical modules such as Combinatorics, Number Theory, Hilbert Space and Metric Spaces.

MSci Mathematics

As well as offering a BSc degree, we also offer a four year MSci Mathematics degree. During the course of this programme, you have the option to graduate after three years with a BSc, or progress onto an advanced fourth year and complete an MSci. This additional year features Masters-level modules and a dissertation.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Mathematics forms the foundations of all science and technology and as such is an extensive and rigorous discipline. Our programme reflects this and offers a comprehensive, detailed study through excellent teaching and development opportunities.

    Maths is difficult to concisely define, but at its core it is the study of change, patterns, quantities, structures and space. This engaging programme, and our reputation for excellence in research, means that you will receive high quality teaching delivered by academics who are leaders in their field. Throughout the three years, you will develop a range of discipline specific skills and gain specialist knowledge that will prepare you for 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.

    In the second year, you will further develop your knowledge in analysis, algebra, probability and statistics. You will also be introduced to Computational Mathematics, exploring the theory and application of computation and numerical problem-solving methods. While studying these topics, you will complete our Project Skills module, which provides you with the chance to enhance your research and employment skills through an individual and group project. Additionally, you will gain experience of scientific writing, and you will practise using statistical software such as R and LaTeX.

    Your final year offers a wide range of specialist optional modules, allowing you to develop and drive the programme to suit your interests and guide you to a specific career pathway. You will have the chance to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained in the first two years in advanced mathematical modules such as Combinatorics, Number Theory, Hilbert Space and Metric Spaces.

    MSci Mathematics

    As well as offering a BSc degree, we also offer a four year MSci Mathematics degree. During the course of this programme, you have the option to graduate after three years with a BSc, or progress onto an advanced fourth year and complete an MSci. This additional year features Masters-level modules and a dissertation.

  • 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 and Further Mathematics

    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

    Year 3

      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

    Maths graduates are very versatile, having in-depth specialist knowledge and a wealth of skills. Through this degree, you will graduate with a comprehensive skill set, including data analysis and manipulation, logical thinking, problem-solving and quantitative reasoning, as well as adept knowledge of the discipline. As a result, mathematicians are sought after in a range of industries, such as business and finance, defence, education, infrastructure and power, and IT and communications.

    The starting salary for many maths graduate roles is highly competitive, and career options include:

    • Actuary
    • Data Analyst
    • Investment Analyst
    • Research Scientist
    • System Developer
    • Teacher

    A degree in this discipline can also be useful for roles such as Finance Manager, Insurance Underwriter, Meteorologist, Quantity Surveyor, Software Developer, and many more.

    Alternatively, you may wish to undertake postgraduate 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. 

Graduate Statistician status is awarded by the Royal Statistical Society to successful graduates who complete the required number of Part II statistics modules.
Completion of this programme can lead to recommendation for exemption from some examinations with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications is a chartered professional body for mathematicians in the UK. Accreditation means that our degrees demonstrate both a high level of competency and professionalism in the area of mathematics.
Graduate Statistician status is awarded by the Royal Statistical Society to successful graduates who complete the required number of Part II statistics modules.

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Completion of this programme can lead to recommendation for exemption from some examinations with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

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The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications is a chartered professional body for mathematicians in the UK. Accreditation means that our degrees demonstrate both a high level of competency and professionalism in the area of mathematics.

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Download the latest Mathematics & Statistics brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.

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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