Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, Mathematicians and Philosophers have sought to find the truth behind the underlying workings and meanings of the universe.
Studying Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Newcastle will give you access to world-class talent in fields as diverse as group theory, fluid dynamics, philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind and many others. You will enjoy a rich and engaging academic experience and students on this programme rate it extremely highly.
In your Philosophy studies, you will explore the great minds of history and the present day, both learning what they thought and engaging with them critically. Meanwhile, your Mathematics studies are carefully designed to give you access to as many topics as possible. You will develop skills such as the ability to formulate and tackle problems, to think logically, to use technical language and to express complex ideas clearly and accurately.
Why Study this Course?
- Excellent employability development – 90% of our Mathematics graduates enter work, or full time study, within six months of graduation .
- Taught by experts – You will study alongside some of the finest minds in Philosophy and Mathematics. Times Higher Education ranked the Department of Philosophy 2nd in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise, whilst the Department of Mathematics was ranked 6th. Both departments are large enough to offer a broad spectrum of modules, but small enough to offer a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
- Flexibility – The variety of modules on offer will allow you to specialise more as you progress so that you can study areas of the discipline which interest you the most.
- Outstanding student experience – You will have a variety of opportunities to enhance your student experience, including regular coffee mornings for staff and students, visiting speakers and specialist lectures, student conferences, research visits and a variety of trips.
- Space to think – Philosophers write works that closely resemble essays, so essays are for the most part the best method of assessment. With this in mind, almost all of our Philosophy assessments are based on coursework. Staff within the Department of Philosophy know students by name and are always happy to talk about philosophical questions or provide additional feedback on academic performance.
BA Mathematics and Philosophy
Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 years)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Newcastle Law School
Joint Honours flexibility for programmes involving Mathematics
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year and second year of a Joint Honours programme with Mathematics, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of your disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the final year of our programmes involving Mathematics. In your third year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/minor combination.
Philosophy compulsory modules
- Problems of Philosophy (20)
- The Philosopher’s Toolkit – Formal Logic is a compulsory pathway in this module for Mathematics and Philosophy students (20)
Mathematics compulsory modules
- Real Analysis and the Calculus (30)
- Vectors, Geometry and Linear Algebra (20)
- Mechanics (10)
Philosophy compulsory module
- Logic: Its Limits and Scope (20)
Mathematics compulsory modules
- Multivariable and Vector Analysis (20)
- Linear Algebra (10)
- Probability and Statistics (10)
- Algebra and Combinatorics 1 (20)
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
Philosophy compulsory module
- 80 credits – Philosophical Project (20 or 40 if not taking Independent Study in Mathematics)
- 60 credits – Philosophical Project (20 or 40 if not taking Independent Study in Mathematics)
- 40 credits – Philosophical Project (20 or 40 if not taking Independent Study in Mathematics)
Mathematics compulsory module
- 80 credits – Independent Study in Mathematics (20 – if not taking Philosophical Project)
- 60 credits – Independent Study in Mathematics (20 – if not taking Philosophical Project)
- 40 credits – Independent Study in Mathematics (20 – if not taking Philosophical Project)
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
See further details of our English Language requirement
USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
Our degrees in Mathematics will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for a huge range of careers or further academic study. Where logical thinking, problem solving and statistical or strategic knowledge are required, being one of our graduates will put you ahead.
91% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2016/17)
Whatever you plan to do when you graduate, we have a comprehensive support package to help you prepare including specialist careers guidance, exclusive work experience opportunities and global internships. Our Careers Network offers support to help you identify your options, develop your skills and gain access to opportunities:
- Frequent careers advice drop-in sessions in the School, so you can always get help and advice when you need it.
- An annual Maths Careers Fair, where you can meet employers specifically interested in mathematics graduates.
- Regular Careers Skills Workshops run by employers or the College employability team to guide you through your career planning and give you an advantage in the application process for graduate positions and internships.
- A fortnightly careers e-newsletter, including vacancies suited to maths students, with application deadlines and a calendar of careers events likely to be of interest to you as a maths student.
We have a range of industrial partners who work with our students including E.ON, Caterpillar, Jaguar Land Rover, the Office for National Statistics, R&A, FDM Group, Barnett Waddingham and Malvern Instruments.