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MSci Mathematics and Philosophy (GV15)

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UCAS code GV15
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £24,700 per year
  • International students: £24,700 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 MSci Mathematics and Philosophy

If you love the challenge of thinking through a maths question and the satisfaction of having solved a difficult problem, but also want to think about a broad range of intellectual questions in a rigorous way, this four-year course is for you.

Linked by the formal study of logic, the two components of the course complement each other. You will develop rigorous analysis and argument distinctive of the analytic philosophical tradition, while developing mathematical maturity to reason through subtle ideas in abstract mathematics.

There is also the opportunity to use your mathematical knowledge in the study of the philosophy of biology, economics and physics.

The fourth year of the course allows you to explore mathematics and philosophy in depth, taking advantage of our research-inspired, specialist units.

In your first year you will take 80 credit points of mathematics units in common with all other first year maths students, including linear algebra, topics in calculus and differential equations, analysis and an introduction to the ideas of proof and group theory. In philosophy you will take 40 credit points in two mandatory introduction to philosophy units.

In year two, a unit in realism and normativity is compulsory, leaving much scope to tailor the rest of your year to your own interests. This continues in the third and fourth year, allowing you to choose a variety of units in both mathematics and philosophy. You will complete a philosophy project in your fourth year.

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

A-level
Standard offer
A*AA including A* in Mathematics
A-level
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 7 at Higher Level in Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations)
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 (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations)
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerAccess to HE Diploma in Engineering, Engineering Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Science, or Science and Engineering. The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
  • at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
  • at least 15 credits at Distinction in Mathematics, although more is recommended.
The Mathematics units taken should include study of calculus, algebra and trigonometry. Plus either A in A-level Mathematics, or achieving the required level in the Bristol School of Mathematics maths test.

Mature students are welcome to contact mature-students@bristol.ac.uk to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer D*D*D in Applied Science or Engineering plus either A in A-level Mathematics, or achieving the required level in the Bristol School of Mathematics maths test.
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 Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 9.0 in Mathematics
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International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

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