Computer Science and Mathematics BSc Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
GG14

Entry Year
2020 also available in 2019

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Mathematics and computing are intrinsically linked. By combining them in one programme you gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental and advanced aspects of the two disciplines, equipping you with the specialist skills and technical knowledge 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.

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 and advanced Linear Algebra. 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 and computing modules, these include: Abstract Algebra; Complex Analysis; Databases; and Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing. 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 final year, your study will largely be guided by your own interests. Based upon what you have previously learnt, you can select from a wide range of modules, customising the third year to suit your career ambitions. These include: Artificial Intelligence, Combinatorics, Languages and Compilation, Security and Risk, and Stochastic Processes.

MSci Computer Science and Mathematics

As well as our BSc, we also offer a four year MSci Computer Science and 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 substantial dissertation project.

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 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

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1

    Core

Year 2

    Core

    Optional

Year 3

    Optional

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 postgraduate study at Lancaster and pursue a career in research and teaching.


Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with 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.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2020/21 are:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £22,550

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the 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 information about this on our Island Fees page.

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. 

3rd

for career prospects after 6 months
The Guardian University League Tables 2020

8th

in the UK for Mathematics
The Times Good University Guide 2019

9th

in the UK for Mathematics
The Complete University Guide 2020

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  • 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

A place for Rhys

When did you know that Lancaster was the right place for you?
When I came to deciding on a university, I wasn't sure - I went all around the country. I think after I d been to a few, I realised that I liked a campus university. When I came here, I got that feeling - walking around the place I got a different sort of buzz to what I got going to other universities.

Favourite part of your course?
I think this year (third year) with the optional modules I've done largely statistics. The highlight was a project for the 391 module, which was supervised by Dr Andrew Titman - the opportunity to delve deeper into something and do something that interests me.

What has surprised you most about Lancaster?
I knew about the collegiate system, but just how involved you can get and how many opportunities there are to do things outside of your degree surprised me. People talk about student lifestyle and societies and all these opportunities, but things like Colleges, Roses (sport competition) and just all those extra opportunities to enhance your experience - there's always something going on.

What's it like to study maths day-to-day?
There's a lot of freedom. There's a nice balance between lectures and there's a lot of the studying in the workshops and that side of the learning. I think it's the subject where you learn it from doing it yourself. There's a lot of time spent outside of lectures as opposed to in lectures, like doing worksheets in workshops with a lecturer.

Rhys Warham is studying BSc Mathematics and Statistics

Rhys Warham, BSc Mathematics and Statistics

How you'll learn

Lectures

Lectures will introduce you to course content and you will usually have four of these per week in each module. These are in large groups with fellow students from across the year group. Whilst the lecturer leads this form of teaching, we do encourage you to take part.

Workshops

Our weekly workshops give you the opportunity to get enhanced support and guidance. You will work in small groups with specialist tutors. You will develop an understanding of module content and practise applying the skills you have gained.

Problem solving

In your first year, problem-solving classes will develop your skills to tackle university-style mathematics. Working in small groups, you will apply your mathematical knowledge to a set of problems.

Computer labs

Some practical work is undertaken in specialist computer labs. This involves working with statistical and mathematical software to develop skills and enhance your employability.

Assessment

Completing assessments is a key part of your learning. Alongside main exams, you will also complete regular homework sheets for your modules. These allow you to track your progress and identify areas to work on with your workshop tutor.

Open door policy

Academic staff have dedicated office hours for student queries and for extra support. You will receive feedback on all work submitted and teaching staff are happy to discuss this with you if you have any concerns.

Academic tutor

When you start at Lancaster we will assign you an academic tutor, who will (where possible) remain your tutor for the duration of your studies at Lancaster. This is an academic member of staff who you will meet with once a term to check your progress and personal development.

Teaching office

This is your one-stop-shop for enquiries ranging from timetabling and exams to module choices and coursework. The office can also offer more general support, and if they don’t have the solution then they will know who to contact.

A student swims in a coral reef

Study Abroad

Several of our degree programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying at one of our partner institutions. Destinations vary each year, with past students staying in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

We choose our partner universities to ensure that the course content of your third year complements the rest of your degree programme. You will study modules that link to those taught at Lancaster. You will have the opportunity to study specialist modules offered by our partner universities.

The modules that you study during your year abroad will count towards your final degree classification.

A year abroad will highlight to potential employers that you are flexible, adaptable and independent. You will also show cultural awareness and the ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.

Skills for your future

A degree in mathematics will provide you with both a specialist and transferable skill set sought after by employers across a wide range of sectors.

Careers support

We are committed to developing your employability skills. Our dedicated Careers Officer works in partnership with the University’s Careers Service to offer a range of workshops and talks. You can also access 1:1 appointments throughout the year through the University’s Careers Service.

Interested in teaching?

The education sector has an increasing demand for mathematics graduates to inspire the next generation of students. Our third year module in Mathematical Education provide an insight into what it would be like to complete a PGCE qualification after your degree.

Project Skills module

Our second year Project Skills module develops skills that will enhance your employability. This module includes coursework on scientific writing and using LaTeX software to prepare mathematical documents – complementing your pure mathematics and statistics knowledge.

Placement year

Choosing a Placement or Industry pathway degree involves spending the third year of your four year degree working full-time in a business. Many students find that a placement year helps them to decide which career path they would like to take. The experience will give you a strong advantage when looking for employment after your degree.

Internship scheme

Undertaking relevant work experience while you are at university helps you to apply for graduate-level jobs. Through our Internship Scheme, you can apply for paid work placements. These give you the opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge learned during your degree. These opportunities can be both full and part-time, and range from 3 months to a year.

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3rd in the UK for graduate prospects (The Guardian University Guide 2020)

94%

of students said that they could access specialised equipment, facilities or rooms when they need to (National Student Survey 2019)

£12m

Over £12 million of research funding currently in the School (2019)

A place for Megan

"I came on an Open Day and just wanted to get a general feel of the place and go to the department talks, and I really liked the fact that it was more in the countryside, very green, very open. Then I came back on the Applicant Visit Day, and I had a proper tour of the campus, I had a proper look around the accommodation, and I decided that this was the place for me. It was more open, it was more in the countryside, and that’s what sort of background I come from. So it was definitely the place for me.

"I’d only started studying computer science at A level, so I still didn’t know what exactly I’d like about it. Having the variety of modules really meant that I could still get a wider understanding of the subject and figure out which bits I actually liked, and which bits I wasn't so keen on. This then helped me to make decisions when it came to my final year about which modules I wanted to take.

"My favourite module from this year would be Human-Computer Interaction. I find it really interesting coming into the situation and you have to investigate what needs improving and why it needs to be improved, how they want it to be improved, and coming up with these prototypes and designing them and evaluating that. I find it quite interesting because what you expect they would come back and say and what they actually say are completely different - things like ‘oh I’d never actually thought about that’, I just found that really interesting.

"The course has definitely given me an idea of what I prefer to do. At the moment I’m thinking more towards Human-Computer Interaction, but I’m still not 100% certain. But I know I get to pick modules next year and for my final year, and so hopefully that will really help me to decide as well."

Megan Borland, BSc Computer Science

BSc Computer Science student Megan Borland

Your Global Experience

Did you know that we offer a Study Abroad variation of our Computer Science programme? You could spend a year at one of our partner institutions across the globe. The curriculum is identical to ours at Lancaster, so you won't miss anything, and best of all, it gives real credits which means your course isn't any longer! You'll be motivated by topics that become deeper and more complex while gaining experience in a different culture and broadening your professional network.

Global Experiences

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to prospective undergraduate students. Academic Scholarships are for students with a strong performance in their A levels, or equivalent qualification. Access Scholarships and Bursaries are for students from households with lower than average incomes.

Scholarships & Bursaries

New experiences for Edward

"It sounds like something so fleeting to base your choice of a university on, but just the feeling you get on campus, where it feels very safe, very secure, very modern. At the same time you look out in any direction and it's countryside as far as you can see, so you get the best of both worlds in a sense. I come from London as well, so I'm used to it being a bit busier, so it was such a nice refreshing environment to come to, and it suited me great!

"My favourite thing about the course is that computing is so fundamental in the world today. There's a crossover with basically any other subject - any sort of interactive system work has a heavy crossover with sociology and psychology, because you're thinking about both sides of the equation, both the human and the computer. That's always been one of my main interests within the course, coming from studying social sciences at A level. I developed games that use eye-tracking, as a form of therapy for children with ADHD and autism. It's easy to see how a lot of psychological considerations would come into play with that project.

"What I really love about the course here at Lancaster is the lecturers and how they teach the course from the ground up. That's not to say it's like a baby version of the course compared with other universities, just that the lecturers take that bit of extra time at the start to make sure everyone is up to speed before diving deep into the complex and interesting parts, which I think is a great way to do things."

Edward Thompson, MSci Computer Science

MSci Computer Science student Edward Thompson

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Typical time in lectures, seminars and similar per week during term time

42%

Average assessment by coursework

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