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Mathematics and Philosophy BA Hons

What will you study?

Lancaster’s joint Mathematics and Philosophy degree is delivered by internationally renowned academics in our Department of Mathematics and Statistics – ranked eighth in the UK by The Times Good University Guide, 2015 - and our Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion.

Both Mathematics and Philosophy seek to find the truth behind the underlying workings and meanings of the universe. Over the course of your degree, you’ll learn about the fundamentals of pure mathematics as well as the formulation of proofs and concepts. Through your studies in Philosophy, you’ll look into the nature of values and the theoretical basis of our social organisation and social relationships.

You’ll begin your degree with courses including Series and Functions and an Introduction to Philosophy. In your second and final years, you’ll study subjects such as Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, and Philosophy of the Mind. You’ll also be able to tailor your studies to your own interests by choosing from various options.

Where could it take you?

Your degree will allow you to develop a host of analytical, logical-thinking and problem-solving skills that will serve you well in any career field. Our Philosophy graduates have gone on to a great variety of careers, using their skills in jobs requiring analysis, assessment and evaluation of arguments. Recent Philosophy graduates have been employed in law, computing consultancy, finance and government positions.

Career paths include roles in computing, accounting, information technology and teaching. Your transferable skills will open doors into management, consulting, journalism and the Civil Service.

You may also choose to continue your education and gain a postgraduate qualification in Philosophy or Mathematics from Lancaster University or another institution.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2016:

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB including A in A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics orABB including A in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

BTEC Considered alongside A level Mathematics (A) and Further Mathematics (A)

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.

Essential Subjects

Advanced/Higher level Mathematics or Further Mathematics are required for entry.

IELTS 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)

Further Information

General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level.

Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:

AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.