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University of Oxford

Mathematics and Philosophy

UCAS Code: GV15
MMath 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

160

% applicants receiving offers

17%

Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
Student score
83% MED
84% MED
% employed or in further study
92% MED
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£31.3k HIGH
£26k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
A*A*A

The A* grades must be in Mathematics and Further Mathematics (if taken). Further Mathematics is highly recommended. Mathematics.

Scottish Highers
AAAAB-AAAAA

Scottish Advanced Highers
AA-AAB

Students with Scottish qualifications would usually be expected to have AAAAB or AAAAA in Scottish Highers, supplemented by two or more Advanced Highers. The University currently sets conditional offers that require AAB if a student is able to take three Advanced Highers; where this is not possible then a student would be expected to achieve AA in two Advanced Highers, as well as an A grade in an additional Higher course taken in Year 6.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
39

7 6 6 at the Higher Level

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 160 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

17%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The degree is constructed in the belief that the parallel study of these related disciplines can significantly enhance your understanding of each. The Philosophy Faculty is the largest in the UK, and one of the largest in the world, with more than 70 full-time members and admitting more than 500 undergraduates annually to read the various degrees involving Philosophy. Many faculty members have a worldwide reputation, and the faculty has the highest research ratings of any philosophy department in the UK. The Philosophy Library is among the best in the country. The large number of undergraduates and graduates reading Philosophy with a variety of other disciplines affords the opportunity to participate in a diverse and lively philosophical community. The Mathematics Department, since 2013 housed in the new Andrew Wiles Building, is also one of the largest and best in the UK and contains within it many world-class research groups. This is reflected in the wide choice of mathematics topics available to you, especially in the fourth year.

Modules

Year 1: Algebra; analysis; non-physical applied mathematics; elements of deductive logic; introduction to philosophy. Years 2 and 3: Foundations: logic; set theory; rudimentary computability; metaphysics and theory of knowledge; philosophy of mathematics; 3 further papers each in philosophy and mathematics. Year 4: Wide choice of mathematics and philosophy options; thesis.

University of Oxford

University spires

There's a reason why Oxford is the world's most famous university, and it's not because of the nice old buildings or pretty countryside. It's not even because we wrote the English dictionary. It's because you'll find here the best academics, widest range of resources and the finest cohort of fellow students anywhere in the world. Oxford students come from more than 140 countries.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
21%
79%

Year 1

14%
86%

Year 2

15%
85%

Year 3

11%
89%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
100%

Year 1

100%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

62%
38%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

87%

Library resources are satisfactory

99%

Feedback on work has been helpful

77%

Feedback on work has been prompt

85%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

84%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
43% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
23% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
605 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 92% MED
Average graduate salary £31.3k HIGH
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

17%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

15%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK still doesn’t have as many maths teachers as we’d like, so anyone wanting to take maths and then go into teaching will be welcome. In fact, there’s felt to be a general lack of maths skills in the population at large, so this is one subject where there's demand for graduate skills. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. But for research jobs, you'll want a doctorate – and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance – and might secure salaries to match.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

98%

Feedback on work has been helpful

77%

Feedback on work has been prompt

63%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
29% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
39% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
575 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
95% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £26k HIGH
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

6%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

14%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are an increasingly popular option, with more than 2,300 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2012. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level – so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into education, management, marketing, community work, human resources and the finance industry, while a few even went into IT, where their logical training can be very useful.
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