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BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Philosophy

The cross-section of rationale and belief

Year of entry: 2023/24

UCAS code

GV15

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

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

Start date

September 2023(semester dates)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£21,950 per year

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For thousands of years, maths and philosophy have occupied the same ground.

From Pythagoras to Bertrand Russell, both disciplines developed in their own ways, but naturally remained strictly related to each other. Our contemporary maths and philosophy degree applies that marriage of logic and analytical reasoning to solve quantifiable problems, to question traditional assumptions and to develop clear and articulate understandings of complex issues.

Tutorial system

Our comprehensive tutorial system will support you throughout your degree

14th in the UK

for Mathematics (Complete University Guide 2023)

University of the Year shortlisted

We're proud to announce that we've been shortlisted for two prestigious University of the Year awards.

  • Times Higher Education Awards 2021
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Find out more about our nominations

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 opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

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

Mathematics modules

  • Foundations & Calculus
  • Introduction to Pure Mathematics
  • Multivariable Calculus & Matrices

Philosophy modules

  • Reason and Argument 
  • Knowledge and Perception 
  • Free Will or Ethics

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. 

Core module

  • Intermediate Logic
  • Metric Spaces
  • Groups, Rings & Fields
  • Linear Algebra

You will also study two option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

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. 

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.

Year 3

In your final year, you can choose to take an Extended Independent Project in Maths or Long Dissertation in Philosophy. Alternatively you can take a Short Dissertation or Third-year Project in Philosophy.

Core modules

Option modules

You will also study three or four option modules. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

Mathematics Option modules:

Philosophy Option modules:

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

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

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £21,950

UK (home) or international fees?

The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home) fees may increase within the government fee cap in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International fees are subject to increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

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'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.

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.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. 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.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

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. Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

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

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@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 Kasia Rejzner, Dr Graeme Wilkin and Heather Cork

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Department of Mathematics, Department of Philosophy

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