Mathematics with Statistics

MSci Hons

  • UCAS Code G1GJ
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • A Level Requirements AAA
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

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Mathematics and statistics underpin all aspects of modern life: advances in science, innovations in medicine, new technology, and business. This Masters programme provides a comprehensive, advanced study, preparing you for a wide range of rewarding career opportunities.

Mathematics and statistics allow us to understand our world at the most fundamental level. Studying these subjects provides us with information in its purest form, giving us answers to problems from all aspects of life. You can learn to study and predict patterns and changes in everything, including human behaviour, plant growth, chemical reactions, and stocks and shares.

This is an engaging programme of study 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 Masters gives you the opportunity for deeper specialisation in mathematics and statistics, 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 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.

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 maths and statistics skills and knowledge you have gained so far into practice as your study begins to really focus in on advanced statistics. Topics include: 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 Masters-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 with Statistics (Study Abroad)

In addition to our MSci degree, we also offer a MSci Mathematics with Statistics (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 and 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 grade A and Further Mathematics grade A

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.

Core

Core

Optional

Optional

Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2022/23 were:

UK International
£9,250 £25,270

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Laura Patterson

A place for Laura

The diversity of opportunities at Lancaster has very much appealed to me during my time here. I have tried to make the most of these by taking part in everything from part-time work and volunteering to societies. As a Student Ambassador and Tutor, I've met new people and formed friendships that I otherwise may not have had. The part-time jobs have provided me with the extra income that I worried about having before I came to university, as well as many great opportunities to network and impress interviewers for roles.

Lancaster has helped me achieve all I have wanted and more. I have gained an insight experience at Deutsche Bank during the second year, allowing me to see how an investment bank operates - including experiencing the technology department of the trading floor of the company, which was such a surreal experience!

Last summer, I spent 10 weeks as an intern at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. This took place during the World Cup, which added an extra element of excitement and bonding between interns. I successfully obtained a graduate job offer. This meant that I had an offer for a job after university before even beginning my final year, which has been such a relief. This was all paid too, allowing me to save for my future.

My advice would be to grab every opportunity you can, as you never know where it may lead. This has led me to uncover key skills, such as work-life balance, time management and communication that I hope will serve me well in my future.

Laura Patterson

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.

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.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

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