Mansfield admits students to study Mathematics and Philosophy on a regular basis and is very happy to receive applications.
Those admitted must satisfy the normal requirements for the single-subject degree in Mathematics and have an enthusiasm and aptitude for philosophical thinking. However, no formal study of philosophy prior to commencement of the degree is required or expected.
The course brings together two of the most fundamental and widely applicable intellectual skills. The combination provides a powerful background from which to proceed to graduate study in either mathematics or philosophy or to pursue diverse careers.
There are two Mathematics and Philosophy degrees, the three-year BA and the four-year MMathPhil. You are not asked to choose between them on your application, and so long as your exam results in the second and third years are of an appropriate standard you have the option either to complete an honours BA or continue to the fourth year for the MMathPhil.
The mathematics units in this joint course are all from the single-subject Mathematics course. The compulsory core mathematics for the joint course consists of the pure (as opposed to applied) mathematics from the compulsory core for the single-subject Mathematics course.
The philosophy units for the Mathematics and Philosophy course are mostly shared with the other joint courses with Philosophy. All parts of the course in the first year are compulsory, with students preparing for exams in General Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics. In the second and third years some units are compulsory, consisting of core mathematics and philosophy and bridge papers on Philosophy of Mathematics and on foundations (Logic and Set Theory), but you also choose options. In the fourth year you choose any three units from Mathematics or Philosophy, so at that stage you can specialize in either subject or continue with both. Precise details of these can be found by consulting the University web page via the University Course Detail link at the bottom of this page.