BSc Mathematics and Philosophy (VG51)

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UCAS code VG51
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 267 overall for all Single and Joint Honours courses.
Number of places for 2017/18 22

About BSc Mathematics and Philosophy

This course combines the quantitative problem solving of mathematics with the analytical and reflective thinking skills of philosophy.

Your mathematics will focus on the areas of pure mathematics which are most linked to philosophical study such as geometry, algebra, set theory and logic which acts as a bridge between the two subjects. You will be able to choose from a range of philosophy units relating to both the physical and social sciences.

You will take 80 credit points in mathematics and 40 in philosophy in your first year. For mathematics, this will include the core of linear algebra, calculus and analysis with some extra pure mathematics. For philosophy, there are two mandatory introduction to philosophy units.

Year two includes realism and normativity, while the third year allows you to choose a variety of units in both mathematics and philosophy. You will complete a Philosophy project in your third-year.

More about Mathematics

Find out more about studying Mathematics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Foundations and Proof
  • Analysis
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra and Geometry
  • Introduction to Group Theory

The Philosophy units include:

  • Introduction to Philosophy A
  • Introduction to Philosophy B

The balance of units in the first year favours mathematics.

Second year

A choice of units covering:

  • Algebra
  • Metric Spaces
  • Linear Algebra
  • And other options including topics such as Probability, Calculus and Differential Equations

A choice of Philosophy units including Realism and Normativity

In year three you will have an even balance of units between Mathematics and Philosophy.

Third year

A choice from an extensive list of units in both mathematics and philosophy alongside a mandatory Logic unit.

In year three there is also a mandatory project in Philosophy, you may also take a project in Mathematics, however this is optional.

In year three you will have an even balance of units between Mathematics and Philosophy.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Mathematics
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Philosophy

Typical offer for BSc Mathematics and Philosophy - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*AA including A* in Mathematics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall with 17 points at Higher Level including 6 in Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with 30 credits at Distinction including 12 credits in Mathematics and 15 credits at Merit. A further qualification such as A-level Mathematics may also be required; please contact Admissions for advice regarding your Access course's content.
BTEC offer D*DD in Science pathway with Distinction in Maths unit; or DDD plus A-level Mathematics at grade A
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA including Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall average including 9.0 in Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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