Why study Mathematics and Philosophy at Warwick?
- We are one of the best Mathematics departments in the world, ranked 44th in the QS World University Rankings 2015/2016. League tables consistently rank us as one of the UK’s top Mathematics departments, and our degrees are internationally recognised.
- Our undergraduate Mathematics programme is distinguished by its academic excellence, flexibility and choice. All courses contain the same basic core of Mathematics in the first year, allowing easy specialisation later to almost all areas of Mathematics. You can also choose optional modules from other departments – up to 50% in later years of the BSc degree.
- Warwick Mathematics Institute is internationally renowned for the quality of its research and our undergraduate degree courses are continually evolving in light of the latest research developments. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Warwick Mathematics Institute and Warwick Statistics together were ranked 3rd in the UK, with more than 90% of our research activity assessed as either 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'.
- You will also study in the Department of Philosophy, where our academics produce world-leading research in both analytic and continental philosophy, and are involved in teaching at all levels. This means that you will be learning from individuals at the forefront of their fields from day one.
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This degree is aimed at those who are keen to pursue Pure Mathematics and have an interest in foundational questions about Mathematics and logic. You will be taught by world-leading experts from both Departments, who will challenge you on a range of philosophical and mathematical questions.
You will study Mathematics in depth, while also learning about its history and how the development of Mathematics and Philosophy have informed one another. The fully integrated course includes specialised modules in Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic in every year.
You may pursue either a three-year BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy or a four-year BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations. (It is possible to switch from the three-to the four-year course after your first year, subject to meeting academic requirements.) Our graduates possess strong analytical and critical skills alongside the ability to integrate large bodies of information involving multiple perspectives.
Their capacity to explain and argue through persuasive writing, presentation and negotiation are highly valued by employers in many spheres. The first year is common to both courses, following the core of the BSc Mathematics degree plus a three-term Philosophy sequence (including Philosophy tutorials in the second term). Subsequent years in either stream offer considerable flexibility to split your work between Pure Mathematics and Philosophy. You might choose to investigate issues in the history of Philosophy and Mathematics, and you could explore topics in logic and the foundations of Mathematics, reaching Gödel’s Completeness and Incompleteness Theorems.
How will I learn?
Each module is usually taught in three one-hour lectures per week, and you typically study four or five modules per term. In your first year, you meet your supervisor (a graduate student or final year undergraduate) twice a week to discuss the course material and go over submitted work. In your second and third years, lecture modules are accompanied by weekly support classes. Your personal tutor provides a further layer of learning and pastoral support.
Our approach to teaching is forward-looking and often innovative. The first Analysis module is taught through structured group problem-solving. The Mathematics by Computer module is computer-based, introducing you to mathematical software that illustrates new concepts. The Experimental Mathematics module uses practical investigations into coupled pendula, soap films and nonlinear oscillators.
How will I be assessed?
Most modules are assessed by 15% coursework and 85% final examinations or by 100% exam, with almost all exams taken in the third term. Essays and projects, such as the final-year MMath project, are assessed by coursework and an oral presentation.
What opportunities are there for work experience or to study abroad?
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and BSc students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. MMath students can spend their third year abroad in Europe and receive MMath with Study in Europe.
The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance. We would support any student wanting to spend an intercalated year in a mathematical role in industry.
A*A*A + STEP/ AEA
To include grade A* in A level Mathematics, grade A* in A level Further Mathematics and grade A in one additional non-Maths A level and grade 2 in any STEP/ Distinction in AEA Mathematics
To include A level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and a non-Maths subject
To include grade A* in A level Mathematics, grade A* in A level Further Mathematics and grades AA in two additional non-Maths A levels
International Baccalaureate 39 points overall including:
7,6,6 in three subjects at Higher Level including Mathematics
6, 6, 6 in three subjects at Higher Level including Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP or Distinction in AEA Mathematics
Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA- recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A* in A level Mathematics or equivalent. Typically, offers will also include a requirement in both a STEP paper and A level Further Mathematics.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed, but applicants are strongly advised to maintain and sharpen their mathematical competence during their year out.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days All applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day in January, February or March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
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.
This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
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A*A*A + STEP/ AEA including grade A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and grade 2 in any STEP/ Distinction in AEA Mathematics
A*A*A* including grade A* in Mathematics and
Further Mathematics and a non-Maths subject
A*A*AA including grade A* in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and AA in two non-Maths subjects
IB: 39 points including:
7,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics
6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics, and grade 2 in any STEP/
Distinction in AEA Mathematics
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.
This information is applicable for 2017 entry.