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Mathematics and Philosophy (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


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 how the developments 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.

How will I learn?

Our main teaching methods are lectures, lecture-discussions, and seminars alongside private study and study skills sessions. Our students benefit from expert guidance from staff in developing strong analytical and critical skills, and our students highly rate the feedback they receive. In addition to compulsory teaching, we also offer many extra academic activities, including optional lectures, colloquia, discussion groups and workshops.

How will I be assessed?

We track your progress and provide you with feedback through regular non assessed work, assessed essays and written examinations. Your final degree classification is based on assessed essays, other assessed work (which may include, for example, group work or video presentations), examinations and an optional dissertation or individual project. Find out about the weighting for the assessments for each year via the department website.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

We run successful undergraduate exchanges with Queen’s University, Ontario, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enabling second-year Philosophy students (single or joint honours) to compete for the chance to spend a full year studying in North America. Modules and examinations taken at Queen’s and Madison count towards your degree.

All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities, which currently include: Bourgogne, Dijon; Erasmus, Rotterdam; Copenhagen; Friedrich Schiller, Jena or Cologne; Vienna; Autonoma or Complutense, Madrid or Seville; Rome or Turin; and Koc, Istanbul. The Study Abroad Team 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.

  • Entry Requirements

    A level

    Grade A* in A Level Mathematics, A* in A Level Further Mathematics and grade A in a third A Level subject. This offer excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Additional Further Mathematics

    International Baccalaureate 

  • 39 to include 6,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects including 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.

    Further Information

    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.

What modules could I study?

The first year is common to both courses, following the core of the BSc Mathematics degree plus a two-term Philosophy sequence. 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.

Find out more about the degree structure and module information on the Philosophy department website.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Where could my degree take me?

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: City and Guilds, Ministry of Justice, Boots, Deloitte, British Heart Foundation.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: News Editor, Analyst, Account Manager (Advertising), English Teacher, Market Research Assistant.

Essential information

Entry Requirements
A level:

Grade A* in A Level Mathematics, A* in A Level Further Mathematics and grade A in a third A Level subject. This offer excludes General Studies, Critical Thinking and Additional Further Mathematics


39 to include 6,6,6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics.


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

Mathematics Institute

Department of Philosophy

Student blogs

Emily Wolfenden - Maths

Leyla Hunn - Philosophy

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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University taster sessions
Experience what its like to study Philosophy and Literature at University-level

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 please see the Additional Costs page.

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This information is applicable for 2018 entry.