Mathematics and Philosophy BSc (Full time) 2018 start
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)
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.Back to top
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|Vector Calculus||15 credits|
|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|
|Final Year Project|
|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|
Broadening your academic horizons
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.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in Mathematics.
Access to HE Diploma
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in Mathematics
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
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in Mathematics.
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.
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 requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
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.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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 pageBack to top
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.
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
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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