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BA/BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Philosophy

The cross-section of rationale and belief

Year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

GV15

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

AAB including A in Mathematics or ABB + EPQ (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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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.

Employability

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

Tutorial system

Our comprehensive tutorial system will support you throughout your degree

Extend your study

Our departments host visits, seminars and lectures from many distinguished academics

Course content

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.

Study abroad

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

Year 1

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

Mathematics modules

Philosophy modules

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

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

In the Department of Philosophy you take the following modules:

plus some option modules which last year included:

Practical Philosophy

Theoretical Philosophy

History of Philosophy

These will help you to develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills that you'll use in more specialised investigations in your third year. 

Year 3

In your final year, you'll decide whether to complete the Maths Final-Year Project (40 credits), or take advanced Philosophy and Philosophy Extension modules. You'll also take optional modules in both departments.

Option maths modules:

Option research-led philosophy modules last year included:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Use logical reasoning to build arguments, and to critically analyse statements, arguments, or conjectures made by others, justifying the principles chosen for such a critique.
  • Analyse and solve problems for which techniques including calculus, algebra, and formal logic, were developed.
  • Investigate unfamiliar problems in mathematics by adapting and/or synthesising a range of mathematical approaches (including abstraction or numerical approximation.
  • Make a measured judgement about what is the best view on a particular problem and present a sustained line of argument in defence of this judgement based on careful consideration of what can be said for and against the proposed solutions.
  • Critically engage in ongoing scholarly and philosophical debate concerning mathematical truth, knowledge and our use of mathematics in science and modern life.
  • Gain research skills in an area of mathematical or philosophical specialisation.
  • Work effectively, imaginatively, and productively as a thinker and learner.
  • Communicate complex and difficult mathematical and philosophical ideas in clear, precise, and accessible terms in a variety of formats.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are based on data from 2018 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Funding

We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

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. In addition, all modules are supported by online resources available via Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Lectures and seminars264 hours240 hours228 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the departments of Mathematics and Philosophy, both of which are on Campus West. Teaching will take place at various locations across Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

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, with advice from your project supervisor. Don't be afraid to be creative. 

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams70%68%58%
Coursework30%32%42%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

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

Career opportunities

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

Transferable skills

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Analytical processes
  • Argument construction

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

AAB in three A levels, including A in Mathematics or

ABB or equivalent and pass in EPQ (extended project qualification). There is no restriction on the topic for your EPQ. 

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

Cambridge Pre-U Pass with D3, D3, M2 in three Principal Subjects, including Mathematics.
European Baccalaureate 80 per cent average overall, including 85 per cent in Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall, including HL6 in Mathematics.
Irish leaving Certificate AAAABB including A1 in Mathematics.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers AAAAA/AAAAB in Highers and AA/AB in Advanced Highers including Mathematics.
Other qualifications

Country-specific information about accepted qualifications and equivalencies may be available. 

English language

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

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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

Next steps

Contact us

Get in touch if you have any questions

Dr Chris Wood, Dr Brent Everitt and Heather Cork

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Department of Mathematics, Department of Philosophy

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