Students at Lancaster University

Undergraduate Degrees

We are an exciting, innovative and friendly department, specialising in pure mathematics and statistics, with a well-deserved reputation for top-quality teaching and world-class research.

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Courses by Subject Area

Mathematics

Mathematics with Statistics

Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics

Mathematics with Accounting, Economics and Finance

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics with Theoretical Physics

Mathematics with Humanities

You can apply for a course through Clearing if you’re not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has available places.

5th

in the UK for Mathematics
The Guardian University Guide 2019

8th

in the UK for Mathematics
The Times Good University Guide 2019

9th

in the UK for graduate prospects
The Complete University Guide 2020

Megan Winter, BSci Mathematics

Megan's story

"I feel very well supported in all the aspects of my university life. Within the maths department, we are given an academic advisor, who is a lecturer in the department. They are there to make sure that we’re coping with our studies and they point us in the right direction. We also have a careers member within the department who points out opportunities and internships, put on CV workshops and interview workshops."

Our courses

Our courses offer academic excellence, with three single-honours degrees and ten combined-honours degrees taught in collaboration with other departments. The teaching is highly focused in the first two years; this enables students to choose from a wide range of third and fourth year topics, which serve to prepare for a variety of careers. The strong departmental research ethos ensures our courses are shaped by the latest developments and provides a vibrant learning environment.

Friendly and collaborative

The department has around 50 academic staff and 500 undergraduate students. An important aspect of Lancaster's commitment to excellent teaching is our system of weekly workshops and marked assignments for each course, throughout the duration of your studies. These meetings give students the 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.

Highly rated

Our teaching is highly rated by our students and alumni and our courses are accredited by several professional bodies.

We were ranked joint 5th in the UK, for overall research quality, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The REF measures the quality and impact of research conducted in universities and other higher education institutions in the UK, against international standards of excellence.

Careers and Personal Development

At Lancaster, we don't just want you to pass your degree. We are dedicated to providing you with the best opportunities to begin your career.

Your Prospects

A degree in mathematics or statistics will provide you with both a specialist and transferable skill set sought after by employers across a wide range of sectors. The advanced numerical skills you will develop will prepare you well for career paths such as accountancy, finance and banking. Whilst the logical and analytical skills you will gain could help you to pursue a career in business analysis, management consultancy or in government roles.

Project Skills

Our second-year project skills course will enhance your employability as you will develop skills that will prepare you well for your chosen career path. This module includes coursework on scientific writing and using software to prepare mathematical documents. You will also complete your own short project and work on a group project with an academic supervisor.

Professional Societies

Membership of a professional society can significantly boost your career prospects. Graduates with a single-major degree in Mathematics and Statistics are recommended to take advantage of membership of one of the three professional societies. Becoming a member of one of these societies has a great number of benefits, such as keeping up to date with the latest developments in mathematics and statistics and help to improve knowledge in the subject.

Careers Support

As a department, we are committed to ensuring that you develop your employability skills. We have a dedicated employability champion and work in partnership with the University's Careers Service to offer a range of workshops and talks to you. You can also access bookable and drop-in appointments throughout the year through the University's Careers Service.

Internships

Relevant work experience while you are at university is crucial to achieving a good graduate job. Internships offer you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge in real-world situations, and to get paid for it. Our Business Partnerships team will help find an internship that will suit you, your interests and your skills.

Studying at Lancaster

We ensure that you will receive the support you need to achieve your full academic potential. We are a friendly department and foster a supportive learning environment.

Academic Tutors

You will be assigned your own tutor for the duration of your studies. Your tutor is available for on-demand, one-to-one consultation, and to discuss personal development. This includes:

  • help with module choices
  • monitoring of progress
  • support with career aspirations
  • provision of references
  • information on other services available throughout the University

Staff-Student Consultation

We invite students to regular meetings with staff to discuss matters relevant to the student community. This helps us to understand student views on matters such as teaching and university life and to act on these to improve the student experience.

The meetings are held once every five weeks and chaired by a student representative. Heads of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching are in attendance, as well as Directors of Studies for years 1-4, student representatives for those years, and a postgraduate research student representative.

Equality and Diversity

Our Equality and Diversity Committee monitors our progress in these areas. We analyse trends in the representation of minorities and create action plans. We hold yearly focus groups to identify issues and assess the mindset of staff and students. The group consists of representatives of students, professional and academic staff.

Maths Café

We hold a Maths Café event every Monday in Fylde Common Room from 11:00 – 13:00. Third and fourth year students run these and provide help and support to undergraduate students in all years.