Mathematics and Philosophy BSc

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

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We are still accepting applications for 2018 entry

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 required modules. Dual students have the same choice of modules as single honoursPhilosophy students. Philosophy modules

More information

More information on Mathematics and Philosophy BSc is available on the University 2019 prospectus. Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab: University 2019 prospectus.

For 2018 entry, see the University 2018 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements for 2019

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

English language requirements

 International students need an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

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