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Mathematics and Philosophy BA/BSc

Overview

The cross-section of rationale and belief

UCAS code

GV15

Typical offer

AAB including A in Mathematics (full entry requirements)

length

3 years full-time

For thousands of years, maths and philosophy have occupied the same ground. From Pythagoras to Bertrand Russell, both disciplines developed their own cultural identities, but naturally remained unified. Our contemporary maths and philosophy degree applies that marriage of logic and reasoning to the meaning of life and society.

Six months after graduation, around 90 per cent of University of York Maths graduates are employed or in further study.

Course Content

What you’ll study

General

University maths is about studying patterns in numbers, geometry and many other abstract concepts. It's also about applying those concepts in practical problem-solving.

Philosophy is not a body of knowledge, but an activity: the activity of seeking a reflective understanding of ourselves and of the natural and social worlds we inhabit. Your maths and philosophy degree will reflect that body of knowledge and range of thinking.

Details of all modules can be found on the relevant department pages.

Year 1

You'll establish your base with introductory Maths and Philosphy classes during your first year.

Mathematics modules

  • Calculus — A cultural transition to the rigorous development of University maths.
  • Core Algebra — Understand and manipulate functions, complex numbers, vectors and matrices.

Philosophy modules

  • VLE Beginning Philosophy — Introducing the methods of writing and thinking in philosophical terms.
  • Reason and Argument — Proving and disproving the logic behind particular arguments.
  • Knowledge and Perception — How we gain knowledge and acquire opinions.
  • Metaphysics — The nature of the world and what actually exists.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.

This module will:

  • define academic integrity and academic misconduct
  • explain why and when you should reference source material and other people's work
  • provide interactive exercises to help you to assess whether you've understood the concepts
  • provide answers to FAQs and links to useful resources.

Year 2

After establishing your basic mathematics, you'll take more advanced courses.

  • Introduction to Group Theory — The mathematical study of symmetry.
  • Linear Algebra — An introduction to vector spaces and linear mappings between them.

You'll also take optional modules from this department.

In Philosophy, you choose from four different pathways:

  • History of Philosophy — How philosophy and reason have developed over time, from Ancient Greece to 19th century Germany.
  • Knowledge and Reality — Answering the question: "What is knowledge and can we really know anything at all?"
  • Language and Mind — The relation between language, the mind and how it transpires across the globe.
  • Moral Philosophy — Examining the issues behind moral dilemmas and beliefs.

Year 3

In your final year, you'll decide whether to complete the Maths Final-Year Project, or take advanced Philosophy and Philosophy Extension modules.

  • You'll also take optional modules in both departments.

Study abroad

There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some opportunities related to this course:

Teaching and assessment

How you’ll be taught and assessed

Teaching format

Lectures and seminars are the main mode of teaching in both Mathematics and Philosophy modules. 

  • We support these with small group tutorials in the first year and regular assessments throughout the degree.
  • All modules are supported by online resources available via Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment.

Assessments

The majority of your maths modules are assessed through examinations. Philosophy modules are assessed mostly through examination and essays.

  • The mix of examinations and essays in Philosophy depends on which optional modules you take.
  • Your optional final-year Mathematics project is up to you. Don't be afraid to be creative.

Careers

Where you’ll go from here

Our maths and philosophy programme not only provides technical and problem-solving skills sought-after by employers, but also the ability to construct a coherent argument and defend it.

Possible Career opportunities

  • Banking and financial services
  • Charities
  • Computing and IT
  • Government
  • Law
  • Media and creative
  • Public administration

Valuable transferable skills

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical processes
  • Argument construction

Entry requirements

How to get here

Course entry

All applications must be made through UCAS. Those who receive an offer are invited to visit between January and April.

A-levels & GCSEs

AAB in three A levels, including A in Mathematics.

We accept all A level subjects for admissions purposes, with the exception of Modern Foreign Langauages taken by native speakers of the language.

International options

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall, including HL6 in Mathematics.

Scottish Highers

AAAAB including A in Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAABB including A1 in Mathematics.

European Baccalaureate

80 per cent average overall, including 85 per cent in Mathematics.

Other qualifications

Cambridge Pre-U

Pass with D3, D3, M2 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.

English language

Our English language requirements for overseas applicants can be found in the Entry Requirements to York.

Unistats for this course

Enquire

Contact our admissions tutor if you have any questions

Dr Christopher Hughes, Dr Stephen Connor and Miss Heather Cork