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Mathematics and Philosophy BSc (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: GVC5

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £19,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


Explore different approaches to understanding the world through this exciting and varied Joint Honours degree.

Core modules in each subject will equip you with an understanding of mathematical structures and techniques while teaching you how to think clearly, analyse ideas and construct effective arguments. You’ll think about morality, knowledge, the self, logic, philosophy of the mind and the nature of reality alongside algebra and calculus.

However, because our research interests are so diverse at Leeds, we can also offer an impressive range of optional modules allowing you to shape your degree to your own interests. You could focus on quantum mechanics, ethics, coding theory, philosophy of science or statistical modelling. It’s a fascinating way to gain an impressively broad range of skills and discover two very different subjects with surprisingly similar goals.

Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections– valuable assets for your independent research. Our other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

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Course content

A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

You’ll spend your first year studying core modules in each subject, introducing you to key concepts and approaches in both maths and philosophy such as logic, linear algebra, calculus and moral philosophy. You’ll also have the chance to choose from further optional modules or take discovery modules from across the University.

With this grounding, you’ll be able to make the most of the choice on offer over the next two years. You’ll be expected to maintain a balance across key areas in each subject such as the mind and knowledge, logic and metaphysics. But on top of this, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics such as philosophy and technology, time series, philosophy of science, coding theory, quantum mechanics and the ethics of life and death.

Throughout the degree you’ll be developing your knowledge across a variety of topics and sharpening your skills in interpretation, analysis and research. You’ll bring these together in the final year, when you apply them to a topic of your choice through an independent research project.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.

Compulsory modules

Calculus and Mathematical Analysis 10 credits
Numbers and Vectors 10 credits
Introductory Linear Algebra 10 credits
Modelling with Differential Equations 10 credits
How to Think Clearly and Argue Well 20 credits
Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits
Probability and Statistics I 10 credits
Probability and Statistics II 10 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Mathematical Economics 10 credits
Introduction to Geometry 10 credits
The Mind 10 credits
The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong 20 credits
Knowledge, Self and Reality 20 credits
Great Philosophical Thinkers 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Vector Calculus 15 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Groups and Vector Spaces 15 credits
Mathematical Logic 1 10 credits
Formal Logic 20 credits
Topics in Epistemology: Knowledge and Justification 20 credits
Realism and Antirealism 20 credits
Introduction to Metaphysics 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Final Year Project

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Mathematics Education 10 credits
Geometry of Curves and Surfaces 10 credits
Special Relativity 10 credits
Survival Analysis 10 credits
Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics 20 credits
The Structure of Reality 20 credits
Philosophical Issues in Technology 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Mathematics and Philosophy BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science is home to tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops to help you benefit from their expertise. However, independent study remains a vital element of the degree, since it provides the opportunity to develop your research, interpretation and analytical skills.


We also use different types of assessment. These usually include exams and essays, but some modules may also use oral presentations and group work as assessed components. We offer plenty of support to help you manage assessments: for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on structuring essays and public speaking throughout your time at Leeds.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in Mathematics.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in Mathematics

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in Mathematics

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers including A in Mathematics and AABBB in Highers, or A in Mathematics in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in Mathematics.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be either ABB at A Level including A in Mathematics and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABC at A Level including A in Mathematics and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £19,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Dean’s Excellence Scholarship

The Dean’s Excellence Scholarship will be awarded to UK and EU undergraduate students on Single and Joint Honours Mathematics degree programmes who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement.

Find out more on the School of Mathematics Scholarships page

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Career opportunities

A Joint Honours degree in Mathematics and Philosophy will equip you with varied subject knowledge as well as an impressively broad set of skills, all of which is attractive to employers.

You’ll be confident interpreting both quantitative and qualitative data, and have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. You’ll also be comfortable working independently or in a team and have good research skills. Crucially, you’ll also be able to look at a situation from different points of view and communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing – and you’ll have the organisational skills needed to manage two very different subjects.

Graduates have pursued diverse careers as a result, covering a range of fields such as accountancy, business and finance, computing, the media, the civil service, the charity sector and education. Many others have also progressed to postgraduate study in related disciplines.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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