MSci Mathematics and Philosophy (GV15)

2017 entry

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UCAS code GV15
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
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.

About MSci Mathematics and Philosophy

This four year course combines the quantitative problem solving of mathematics with the analytical and reflective thinking skills of philosophy at an advanced level.

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 and fourth years allow you to choose a variety of units in both mathematics and philosophy. You will complete a Philosophy project in your fourth-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

Philosophy units including:

  • Introduction to Philosophy A
  • Introduction to Philosophy B

The balance of units in the first year favours mathematics.

Second year

A choice from units covering:

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

Philosophy units including:

  • Realism and Normativity

In Year 2 you will have an even balance of units between Mathematics and Philosophy.

Third and fourth year

A choice from an extensive list of units in both mathematics and philosophy alongside mandatory units on Logic and Set Theory.

In year 4 there is a mandatory project in Philosophy, you may also take a project in Mathematics, however this is optional.

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

Further details about the course structure for Mathematics
Further details about the course structure for Philosophy

Typical offer for MSci Mathematics and Philosophy

(including international A-levels)
A*AA including A* in Mathematics
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB including A in Mathematics
IB Diploma 38 points overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass 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 D*DD in Science pathway with Distinction in Mathematics unit; or DDD plus A-level Mathematics at grade A
SQASH: AAAAA and AH: AA including Mathematics
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB88% overall average including 9.0 in Mathematics
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:No specific subjects required.

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