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BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy

The joint mathematics and philosophy degrees at Warwick provide an opportunity to study both mathematics and philosophy at an advanced level as well as learn about their interaction through logic and the philosophy of mathematics. These programs can lead to post-gradudate study in either mathematics or philosophy as well preparing students for professions requiring strong reasoning and analytic skills.

Programme content

Why study Maths and Philosophy at Warwick?

  • A fully integrated degree programme, not just modules from two departments.
  • Personalized supervision in both departments.
  • Many specialized modules: Gödel's completeness and incompleteness theorems, set theory, modal logic, philosophy of mathematics, logic, computation, science, ...
  • Opportunties to study abroad in both Europe and North America.
  • Large and active faculties in both mathematics and philosophy.
  • Strong record placing students in post-graduate and professional programmes.

Course structure

In your first year you take the following core modules: Central Themes in Contemporary Philosophy; Logic I: Introduction to Symbolic Logic; Linear Algebra; Differential Equations, Geometry and Motion, Foundations; Introduction to Abstract Algebra; Analysis and Probability A. You will also take an option of at least 6 CATS which could be either Mind and Reality in Philosophy or another option in Mathematics or a related subjects.

In your second year you will take Logic II: Metatheory and a combination of optional core modules such as Metric Spaces Algebra I: Advanced Linear Algebra; Algebra II: Groups and Rings; and MA244 Analysis III in Mathematics; Words and Things; Truth, Consequence, and Paradox; and Modal Logic in Philosophy. You may also choose between 24-54 CATS either from another subject or from options in either Mathematics or Philosophy (20%-45% of your overall load). There are usually more than 20 optional modules for you to choose from in both departments covering a wide range of topics.

If you have earned good marks in your first and second years, you are eligible to transfer to a four year version of the degree (the BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations). This will determine the core modules which you do in your third (or optional fourth) year. Amongst the core are: Set Theory, Metaphysics, Epistemology and one of Logic III: Incompleteness and Undecidability, Philosophy of Mathematics, or Philosophy of Computation in Philosophy in Philosophy. Between 30%-50% of your third year (or optional fourth) year load will be composed of options.

If you elect to do the four year course, you will do either a Dissertation in Philosophy or an Essay in Mathematics. These modules enable you to pursue independent research under the supervision of a faculty member leading to written work of between 6000 and 10000 words.

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