Mathematics and Philosophy at Balliol College
Balliol has taken students in Mathematics and Philosophy every year since the course started. It has established a strong reputation in both Mathematics & Philosophy and Physics & Philosophy. Balliol has a constant intake of Mathematics and Philosophy students, which means that there will be people to advise you on the contents of the course in the years above as well as often another person on the same course in your year.
Balliol tutors in both Mathematics and Philosophy recognise the special requirements of this joint course and work together to organise the teaching to best fit the structure of the course. With a great number of Fellows and lecturers in both subjects, Balliol guarantees good teaching and caters for a large number of options.
There is a flourishing Mathematics society (BUMS: Balliol Undergraduate Maths Society), which helps introduce new Mathematics students to the College and also organises an annual dinner with a guest mathematical speaker. There is a large community of mathematicians and philosophers at Balliol, and the Maths and Philosophy students will meet, work with and be taught by both mathematicians and philosophers.
Number of places: Usually 1-3
Maths and Philosophy teaching
Read more about the teaching at Balliol in each of the four years of the course here.
Book loan scheme
Mathematics students at Balliol rarely need to buy any course books, thanks to the Balliol Maths Book Loan scheme. We have numerous copies of all the main course books (for all years of the course, not just the first year), so we can lend each student the books they will need, for the whole year in which they need it. In addition, the College Library has further mathematics and philosophy books for students to borrow if they wish.
Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds from across the UK and beyond (recent and current Maths and Maths & Philosophy students come from all parts of the UK and as far afield as Germany, Malaysia, Romania and the USA), and from all sorts of schools. The Mathematics tutors welcome applications from all interested students, and would encourage any prospective applicant to contact our Admissions Office if you have a question not answered on this or the University’s website: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Almost all Balliol Maths & Philosophy students choose to stay for a fourth year of the course (leading to an MMathPhil). Afterwards some choose to continue studying, at Balliol or elsewhere, at MSc/BPhil or doctorate level in areas related to Mathematics or Computer Science or Philosophy. The College has a significant number of graduate students at any one time in Mathematics, Computer Science and Philosophy, studying for an MSc, BPhil or DPhil (doctorate). Some train to be a school teacher by doing a PGCE. Balliol graduates in Mathematics and its joint schools have gone on to careers in many different fields, ranging from finance, accountancy, management and IT, through to being a barrister, a civil servant, working in publishing, and combining juggling with maths in shows for schoolchildren.
About the course
Course requirements and selection criteria
- the University’s entrance requirements
- the selection criteria of the Mathematical Institute and the Faculty of Philosophy.