Mathematics and Philosophy BSc

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  • Duration: 3 years full-time 
  • Award: BSc

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Despite their quite different subject matter, Mathematics and Philosophy use many of the same thinking skills. Both subjects prize careful and rigorous reasoning about abstract matters and a distinctive type of imaginativeness. This makes Mathematics and Philosophy an excellent combination.

You will normally take half your modules in Mathematics and half in Philosophy.

In the first year, your study of mathematics will include core mathematics, pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and probability and statistics. Later in the course you can specialise and study group theory, number theory, analysis, differential geometry, and other topics.

Find out more about the Mathematics side of the course, including Mathematics modules

This is complemented by rigorous philosophical reasoning. The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their field. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as logic, metaphysics, philosophy of language, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of philosophy (some of whom were important mathematicians as well), such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Leibniz, and Kant.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no core modules. Dual students have the same choice of modules as single honours Philosophy students.

Information about Philosophy modules

Our campus and how we use it

While some of our teaching takes place in the department, most of it is timetabled to take place in purpose-built teaching spaces across the campus (see our campus map). The campus has many amenities, and is located at the heart of the city, giving you easy access to shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Learning and Assessment

Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information

More information on Mathematics and Philosophy BSc is available on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: AAB including A in Maths
  • International Baccalaureate: 34, 6 in Higher Level Maths
  • Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers: AAABB + AB including A in Maths
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: ABB including A in Maths+B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject

We can also accept other qualifications:   Other entry requirements for Mathematics and Philosophy BSc

Other qualifications

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification. Equivalent English language qualifications

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Disability and Support

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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