Mathematics

MSci Hons

  • UCAS Code G101
  • Entry Year 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAA
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 14

    14th for Mathematics

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

  • 16

    16th for in Mathematics

    The Guardian University Guide (2023)

  • 100% of our research impact rated outstanding (REF2021)

Mathematics forms the foundations of all science and technology and as such is an extensive and rigorous discipline. Our integrated Master's programme reflects this and offers a comprehensive, detailed study through excellent teaching, taking your academic work to an advanced level.

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 we are able to offer high-quality teaching delivered by academics who are leaders in their field. Our four year integrated Master's gives you the opportunity for deeper specialisation in maths and the chance to develop your research skills by undertaking a dissertation or industry research project.

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 statistical 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.

Beyond second year, we offer 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. In third year, you will put the skills and knowledge you have gained so far into practice as your study begins to really focus in on advanced topics, such as Combinatorics, Bayesian Inference, Medical Statistics, and Number Theory.

In the fourth year, you will be able to widen your knowledge and skills by selecting from a pool of optional Master's-level modules. Some of these will be familiar from third year, while others will be new to this year. These advanced modules allow you to exercise what you have learnt during the programme, while expanding and evolving your skill set further.

You will also complete a major research project in either pure maths or statistics, guided by your interests and supervised by an active researcher, or undertaken as part of a collaborative industry project. This will cement your learning, provide you with valuable experience and position you for a career in maths or academia and research.

MSci Mathematics (Study Abroad)

In addition to our MSci degree, we also offer a MSci Mathematics (Study Abroad) programme. As well as studying at Lancaster, this programme allows you to spend a year gaining valuable knowledge and developing specialist skills at one of our partner institutions in North America, Australia or New Zealand. You get to experience an exciting new culture, explore another country and gain insight into academic life overseas, while expanding your professional network.

Course accreditation

Royal Statistical Society logo

Graduate Statistician status is awarded by the Royal Statistical Society to successful graduates who complete the required number of Part II statistics modules.

Institute of Mathematics logo

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.

Learn more about the Institute of Mathematics accreditation

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 PhD level study at Lancaster and pursue a career in research and teaching.

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 (either analysis and approaches or applications and interpretations)

BTEC Accepted alongside A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

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: Architecture, 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.

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Core

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Fees and Funding

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 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £26,550

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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Cerys Evans

A place for Cerys

Lancaster has been the perfect place for me. The campus feels like its own little world and the sense of community has been a really key part of my experience at Lancaster. You can find your place in colleges, liberation forums, and societies – there really is somewhere for everyone.

The way that the Mathematics course is structured at Lancaster means that by the end of first year every student is caught up to the same level so you don’t have to worry about being behind if you studied different qualifications at school. Then second year builds on that foundation to give a breadth of teaching across pure maths, statistics, and mathematical methods so that you can study what interests you in third year knowing that you have a strong basis to work from.

I decided to do a placement year, and I spent 14 months working for NHS England as a data analyst in the performance analysis team. I had the opportunity to work on official statistics that were discussed on the news and used by Number 10, the CEO of the NHS, and the general public. I was able to use the coding skills I learned in my degree to improve processes within my team which significantly increased efficiency and reduced errors.

I absolutely loved working in a sector that I feel passionately about and now know that data is the career I want to work in after I graduate. My placement experience helped me choose third-year modules that will be relevant to the graduate jobs I plan to apply for and the assessments I did during my placement year have helped me reflect on what sort of jobs I want to apply for.

 

Cerys Evans, BSc Hons Mathematics (Placement Year)

Learning support

We ensure that our students receive the support that they need in order to achieve their full academic potential. We are a friendly department and foster a highly supportive learning environment.

  • Academic Tutors

    You will be assigned a tutor, meeting in the first week of the first term and once per term after that. Your tutor is available for on-demand, one-to-one consultation, and to discuss personal development. This includes assistance with module choices, monitoring of progress, support with career aspirations and provision of references, as well as providing information regarding other services available throughout the University.

  • Equality and Diversity

    We look at the representation of different genders, minorities and identities and look to encourage diversity within the department and the University. Students can become involved in helping us to identify issues.

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Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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