Mathematics and Philosophy (3 years) [BSc]

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Course description

This joint-honours degree programme, representing a close and fruitful connection which has existed since the time of the ancient Greeks, explores both sides of the programme together with the interesting border region between the two. Both disciplines are given equal weight and each offers a wide range of options. In your final year you do a substantial Philosophy dissertation and  can choose to do a project on a mathematical topic, supervised by a member of staff.  The content of the programme is closely linked with that of the two individual single-honours degrees, and so transfer to either of these Schools is possible at the end of the first year.

Special features

  • Generous entrance scholarships are available.
  • Small group teaching is a significant part of the first year.
  • A wide range of options is available in the third year.
  • All undergraduate students have affiliate membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Teaching and learning

Most teaching takes the form of lectures, with various support classes (example classes, small group tutorials or sessions in one of the computer clusters) to help you get to grips with the material, exploring topics and working on examples set by the lecturers.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units have some continual assessment (which may be, for instance, a combination of homework, in-class tests, essays and presentations where appropriate), which is put together with the result of an end-of-semester examination to provide the final mark. Some course units (such as a project) are assessed entirely by your submitted work during the semester. The class of your degree is normally based on only your last two years' work.

Scholarships and bursaries

The School of Mathematics offers scholarships for academically excellent students from the UK and around the world; contact the School for more details.


The School of Mathematics is based in the brand new, purpose built £40 million Alan Turing Building, set at the heart of the University Campus.  Students benefit from extensive facilities for computing and study, relaxation and refreshment, in an attractive, light and comfortable environment.  Computing: The School of Mathematics has a number of computer clusters that run the standard software as well as powerful mathematical and statistical software, such as Matlab, Minitab and Mathematica.  All our students have free access to email and the internet.  Other larger clusters are available in the University libraries and clusters are situated in most Halls of Residence; most student rooms also have Ethernet connection.  Library: You will have access to the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, one of the largest and best-equipped libraries in the UK.  A special section of this library provides a short loan facility, where you can reliably obtain textbooks that are recommended for particular courses and borrow them on an overnight basis.  The School of Mathematics also houses a mathematical library of more advanced books and other material used mainly by research students and staff.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:

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