Mathematics and Philosophy BSc

Year of entry

2024 course information

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UCAS code
Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
3 years full time
Work placement
Study abroad
Typical A-level offer
AAB (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
ABC at A Level including A in Mathematics and pass Access to Leeds
Full entry requirements

Course overview

History and Philosophy of Science

This joint honours degree offers the opportunity to study two different subjects together, whilst having the freedom to follow your own interests.

Core modules in each subject will equip you with an understanding of mathematical structures and techniques while teaching you how to think clearly, analyse ideas and construct effective arguments. You’ll think about morality, knowledge, the self, logic, philosophy of the mind or the nature of reality alongside algebra and calculus.

We also offer an impressive range of optional modules allowing you to shape your degree to your own interests. It’s an excellent way to gain a broad range of expertise and graduate with both the knowledge and transferable skills that employers value.

Course details

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

You’ll spend your first year studying core modules in each subject, introducing you to key concepts and approaches in both maths and philosophy. This could include logic, linear algebra, calculus and moral philosophy. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from further optional modules or take discovery modules from across the wider University. You’ll then be able to make the most of the choice on offer over the next two years.

You’ll maintain a balance across key areas in each subject and you’ll also be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics such as philosophy and technology, time series, philosophy of science, statistical modelling, coding theory, quantum mechanics and the ethics of life and death.

Throughout your degree you’ll be developing your knowledge across a variety of topics and refining your skills in interpretation, analysis and research. You’ll have the opportunity to showcase these skills in your final year of study, when you apply them to a topic of your choice through a final year project.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Mathematics and Philosophy BSc in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Calculus and Mathematical Analysis 10
Numbers and Vectors 10
Introductory Linear Algebra 10
Modelling with Differential Equations 10
Probability and Statistics I 10
Probability and Statistics II 10
How to Think Clearly and Argue Well 20

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Magic, Science and Religion 10
History of Psychology 10
Introduction to the History of Science 10
Darwin, Germs and the Bomb 10
Living with Technology 10
History of Modern Medicine 10
Introduction to Finance 20
The Mind 10
The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong 20
Introduction to the History of Western Philosophy 20

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Vector Calculus 15

Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Real Analysis 15
Rings, Fields and Polynomials 10
Further Linear Algebra 10
Linear Differential Equations and Transforms 15
Financial Mathematics: Risk 10
Fluid Dynamics 15
Computational Mathematics 10
Ancient Philosophy 20
Ethics of Life and Death 10
Introduction to Epistemology 20
Philosophy of Religion 20

Year 3 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science 40
Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science 40
Project in Mathematics 40

Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Combinatorial Optimisation 10
Real Analysis 15
The Mathematics of Music 10
Nonlinear Differential Equations 10
Fluid Dynamics 15
Introduction to Optimisation 10
Philosophy of Mind 20
Advanced Mechanics 15

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science is home to tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops to help you benefit from their expertise. However, independent study remains a vital element of the degree, since it provides the opportunity to develop your research, interpretation and analytical skills.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


We also use different types of assessment. These usually include exams and essays, but some modules may also use oral presentations and group work as assessed components. We offer plenty of support to help you manage assessments: for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on structuring essays and public speaking throughout your time at Leeds.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in Mathematics.

Other course specific tests:

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be either ABB at A Level including A in Mathematics and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.


We will consider the level 3 QCF BTEC at Subsidiary Diploma level and above in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, M1, M2 including D3 in Mathematics

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in Mathematics

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers including A in Mathematics and AABBB in Highers, or A in Mathematics in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

Other Qualifications

European Baccalaureate: 80% including 8.5 in Mathematics

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABC at A Level including A in Mathematics and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

You can find out more about what it is like to be an international student by speaking to a Link to Leeds ambassador. They can’t help you with your application, but they can tell you how they have found living and studying in Leeds.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £24,750 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Read our guidance about applying.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2024

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Career opportunities

A joint honours degree in Mathematics and Philosophy will equip you with varied subject knowledge as well as an impressively broad set of skills, all of which is attractive to employers.

You’ll be confident interpreting both quantitative and qualitative data, and have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. You’ll also be comfortable working independently or in a team and have good research skills. Crucially, you’ll also be able to look at a situation from different points of view and communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing – and you’ll have the organisational skills needed to manage two very different subjects.

Graduates have pursued diverse careers as a result, covering a range of fields such as accountancy, business and finance, computing, the media, the civil service, the charity sector and education. Many others have also progressed to postgraduate study in related disciplines.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

Student profile: Avigail Kohn

The interconnection between subjects is something that I really enjoy about my course.
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