BSc Mathematics and Philosophy (VG51)

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UCAS code VG51
Application method UCAS
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £22,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
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

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 study will focus on the areas of pure mathematics most connected 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 the physical and social sciences.

In your first year you will take 80 credit points in mathematics including linear algebra, calculus, analysis and some extra pure mathematics, and 40 in philosophy in two mandatory introduction to philosophy units.

In year two, 60 credit points including realism and normativity are compulsory, 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.

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Course structure

The balance of units in the first year favours mathematics. In year two you will have an even balance of units between mathematics and philosophy.

In year three you will have an even balance of units between mathematics and philosophy.

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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 points overall with 18 at Higher Level including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 at Higher Level 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 (Engineering, Engineering Science, Maths and Engineering, Science, or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. At least 15 graded level 3 credits at Distinction in Mathematics although more is recommended. The Mathematics units taken should include study of calculus, algebra and trigonometry. The University may require additional evidence of Maths ability such as A-level Maths; for more information, please contact Admissions with full details of the units taken.
BTEC offer D*DD in Applied Science or Engineering plus A* in A level Mathematics
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA including Mathematics, and Standard Higher: AAAAA
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 9.0 in Mathematics
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subject required
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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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