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BSc Mathematics and Philosophy

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc (Honours)
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
A* (Mathematics) AA - A (Mathematics) AA
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
34 points overall including 18 points at Higher Level.  Higher Level points must include 6 in Mathematics.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
No data available.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
GV15
UCAS institution code
M20

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.

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be announced once confirmed by the UK government. As a guide, the 2017 tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2018 entry. Tuition fees for international students will be £22,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships

The School of Mathematics offers scholarships for academically excellent students from the UK and around the world; further details can be found on the School's website .

Contact details

Academic department
School of Mathematics
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5803
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 5819
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/maths
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Entry requirements

A-level

We typically accept the following results at GCE A level:

 A* (Mathematics) AA - A (Mathematics) AA

We do not accept General Studies A level. A-level Further Maths is preferred but not essential. Those offering Further Maths are more likely to receive the AAA offer.

Duration of A-level study

If you either sat your examinations early or followed an accelerated curriculum and spent three years studying A-levels where the examinations were taken over two years, your application will be considered against the standard selection process of your chosen course.If you have studied an advanced curriculum where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Minimum grade C (Grade 4 in newly reformed GCSEs) in English Language.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall including 18 points at Higher Level.  Higher Level points must include 6 in Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H1 including Mathematics

Scottish requirements

We normally require grades AAABB in Scottish Highers.  In addition, Scottish Advanced Highers A(Maths) AA are usually required.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

European Baccalaureate

Applications from those studying for this qualification are welcomed and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the broader study, enrichment activities and the extended project involved in the AQA Baccalaureate. Offers made by the School of Mathematics will, however, focus on the three A-levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate; applicants are therefore advised to refer to the standard A-level requirements for entry onto the course for which they wish to apply. 

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades D*DD plus an A Level in Mathematics at grade A. 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades D*D* plus an A Level in Mathematics at grade A or A*. 

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grade D* plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Level grades A or A*(Maths) and A in another subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D* plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Level grades A or A*(Maths) and A in another subject.

Please contact us if you require further clarification about these qualifications.

 

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry to this course.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We do not consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry to this course.

Access to HE Diploma

Applications are considered on an individual basis. As well as QAA's normal requirements for diploma applicants, which are 60 (10 hour) credits with 45 at level 3 and the remainder at level 2, the School of Mathematics requires that the level 3 programme must include seven specific Mathematics units, or their equivalent; please contact the University for further information.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

A typical offer would be D3 (Mathematics) and D3 in two additional subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Non-standard educational routes

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

The University recognises that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.

English language

All entrants must have a recognised English language qualification, such as GCSE English Language at grade C or better, IELTS with an overall score of at least 6.5 (including a Writing score of at least 6.0 and no other component less than 5.5) or an equivalent qualification.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teachers during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college. We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance will be included in the referee's report. We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting School. If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the School to which you applied as soon as possible.

Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant Exam Board, we will not be able to make further allowances.'

How your application is considered

Once your application has been received it will be considered, on merit, by School of Mathematics admissions staff. A number of factors are considered including your reference and whether you are likely to meet our entrance requirements.  In addition, we will look at your personal statement to see the nature and extent of your interest in Mathematics.  We are also keen to hear about your interests, hobbies, extra-curricular experiences, work experience and career aspirations and how these have prepared you for success on your chosen course.

Interview requirements

Many of our applicants are invited to attend a visit day.  During this visit, you will have an interview with an academic member of staff.  The visit will also provide an opportunity to look round the School and the University, and to get some insight into what it is like to be a Mathematics student in Manchester.  Applicants invited to interview will be provided with further details about the day at the time.

Aptitude test requirement

Some applicants may be required to come to the School of Mathematics to sit an aptitude test in Mathematics

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

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.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Foundations of Pure Mathematics B MATH10111 15 Mandatory
Calculus and Vectors B MATH10131 15 Mandatory
Linear Algebra B MATH10212 15 Mandatory
Calculus and Applications B MATH10232 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind PHIL10632 20 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Real Analysis MATH20111 10 Mandatory
Complex Analysis MATH20142 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Logic MATH20302 10 Mandatory
Probability 1 MATH10141 10 Optional
Metric Spaces MATH20122 10 Optional
Calculus of Several Variables MATH20132 10 Optional
Algebraic Structures 1 MATH20201 10 Optional
Algebraic Structures 2 MATH20212 10 Optional
Introduction to Geometry MATH20222 10 Optional
Partial Differential Equations and Vector Calculus B MATH20411 10 Optional
Discrete Mathematics MATH20902 10 Optional
Introduction to Financial Mathematics MATH20912 10 Optional
Philosophy of Religion PHIL20021 20 Optional
Locke, Berkeley, Hume PHIL20212 20 Optional
Ethics PHIL20232 20 Optional
20th Century Analytical Philosophy PHIL20241 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mind PHIL20271 20 Optional
Philosophical Methods PHIL20891 20 Optional
Aesthetics PHIL20952 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 19 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Mathematics Education MATH30002 10 Optional
Project (Semester One) MATH30011 10 Optional
Project (Semester 2) MATH30022 10 Optional
Linear Analysis MATH31001 10 Optional
Fractal Geometry MATH31042 10 Optional
Topology MATH31052 10 Optional
Riemannian Geometry MATH31082 10 Optional
Group Theory MATH32001 10 Optional
Commutative Algebra MATH32011 10 Optional
Coding Theory MATH32032 10 Optional
Hyperbolic Geometry MATH32051 10 Optional
Algebraic Geometry MATH32062 10 Optional
Number Theory MATH32072 10 Optional
Mathematical Logic MATH33011 10 Optional
Applied Complex Analysis MATH34001 10 Optional
Asymptotic Expansions & Perturbation Methods MATH34011 10 Optional
Green's Functions, Integral Equations and Applications MATH34032 10 Optional
Viscous Fluid Flow MATH35001 10 Optional
Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional
Elasticity MATH35021 10 Optional
Mathematical Biology MATH35032 10 Optional
Symmetry in Nature MATH35081 10 Optional
Matrix Analysis MATH36001 10 Optional
Numerical Analysis II MATH36022 10 Optional
Problem Solving by Computer MATH36032 10 Optional
Essential Partial Differential Equations MATH36041 10 Optional
Convex Optimization MATH36061 10 Optional
Combinatorics and Graph Theory MATH39001 10 Optional
Mathematical Modelling in Finance MATH39032 10 Optional
Metaphysics PHIL30212 20 Optional
Special Author:Wittgenstein PHIL30251 20 Optional
Philosophy of Language PHIL30311 20 Optional
Issues in Epistemology PHIL30331 20 Optional
Philosophy of Psychology PHIL30361 20 Optional
Advanced Topics in Aesthetics: Fiction PHIL30622 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mathematics PHIL30722 20 Optional
Metaethics and Religious Language PHIL30842 20 Optional
Personhood and Freedom of the Will PHIL33241 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 38 course units for year 3

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.

Facilities

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

Careers

Career opportunities

The study of Mathematics develops skills and knowledge which are of value in a wide variety of professions. A Mathematics degree is a good preparation for any area of employment requiring people who can think clearly and logically. The main areas of employment are finance, industry, computing (including operational research), management, administration, statistics, teaching (schools and colleges) and postgraduate study.

Many of our graduates have pursued careers in finance in firms including KPMG, Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Barclays and Deutsche Bank.

A substantial number of previous graduates have undertaken further programmes of study such as MSc in Maths, Applied Maths, Finance, Business, Management and Computer Science.  Some have gone on to train as teachers.

The School of Maths puts significant emphasis on careers and holds a number of events throughout the year. These include a programme of peer assisted interviewer training to prepare students for entering the graduate recruitment market.

We also host the annual Calculating Careers Fair.  This takes place in early October each year and is attended by a large number of international graduate recruiters.  Previous attendees have included Amazon, Amec, Barclays, BP, BT, Credit Suisse, GCHQ, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RBS, Teach First and Deloitte.  This fair is a great opportunity for students to network with a number of graduate employers early in their academic careers.