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.
Our comprehensive tutorial system will support you throughout your degree
Our departments host visits, seminars and lectures from many distinguished academics
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.
There are a number of Study Abroad options at York. Here are some opportunities related to this course:
You'll establish your base with introductory Maths and Philosophy classes during your first year.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module 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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and 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.
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.
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.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Lectures and seminars||264 hours||240 hours||228 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.
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.
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.
The majority of your maths modules are assessed through examinations. Philosophy modules are assessed mostly through examination and essays.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
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.
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.|
Country-specific information about accepted qualifications and equivalencies may be available.
Our English language requirements for overseas applicants can be found in the Entry Requirements to York.
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.
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