Computer Science and Mathematics (Placement Year) BSc Hons - 2020 Entry
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.
In third year, you will undertake a 12-month placement that will allow you to apply the knowledge and skills that you’ve learnt in Years 1 and 2, and to gain invaluable experience which will make you highly employable when you graduate. Our Faculty Placements Team and Careers service will support you in securing your placement, which will be of graduate level, and will continue to support you throughout the year to ensure that you are getting the most out of your year away from Lancaster. As well as your paid employment, you will submit monthly learning logs reflecting on your 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2019 were:
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.
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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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.
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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.Learn more
Computing and Communications
- Computer Science BSc Hons: G400
- Computer Science (Study Abroad) BSc Hons: G402
- Computer Science (with Industrial Experience) MSci Hons: G404
- Computer Science and Mathematics BSc Hons: GG14
- Computer Science and Mathematics MSci Hons: GG1K
- French Studies and Computing BSc Hons: GR41
- German Studies and Computing BSc Hons: GR42
- Management and Information Technology (Industry) BSc Hons: GN52
- Software Engineering BSc Hons: G602
- Software Engineering (with Industrial Experience) MSci Hons: G601
- Spanish Studies and Computing BSc Hons: GR44
Mathematics and Statistics
- Accounting, Finance and Mathematics BSc Hons: NG41
- Accounting, Finance and Mathematics (Industry) BSc Hons: NG42
- Computer Science and Mathematics BSc Hons: GG14
- Computer Science and Mathematics MSci Hons: GG1K
- Economics and Mathematics BSc Hons: GL11
- Economics and Mathematics (Industry) BSc Hons: GL12
- Financial Mathematics BSc Hons: GN13
- Financial Mathematics MSci Hons: GN1H
- Financial Mathematics (Placement Year) BSc Hons: GN1J
- French Studies and Mathematics BA Hons: GR11
- German Studies and Mathematics BA Hons: GR12
- Mathematics BSc Hons: G100
- Mathematics MSci Hons: G101
- Mathematics (Placement Year) BSc Hons: G102
- Mathematics (Study Abroad) MSci Hons: G103
- Mathematics and Philosophy BA Hons: GV15
- Mathematics with Statistics BSc Hons: G1G3
- Mathematics with Statistics MSci Hons: G1GJ
- Mathematics with Statistics (Placement Year) BSc Hons: GCG3
- Mathematics with Statistics (Study Abroad) MSci Hons: G1GH
- Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) BSc Hons: GLN0
- Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) (Industry) BSc Hons: GLN1
- Spanish Studies and Mathematics BA Hons: GR14
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics BSc Hons: F3GC
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics MSci Hons: F3G1
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics (Study Abroad) MSci Hons: F3G5
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