Mathematics and Philosophy
Mathematics and Philosophy is an excellent choice for those who wish either to study Philosophy in depth whilst developing their formal abilities in Mathematics, or to study high-level Mathematics whilst cultivating the skills of writing, discussion, and critical thinking associated with Philosophy. The two disciplines have many connections, most obviously in the areas of Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics (though a surprising range of other modern philosophy is informed by formal notions borrowed from mathematics and logic). A particularly attractive aspect of the Oxford course is the ability to specialise completely in either area in the optional fourth year, thus permitting the study of more Philosophy papers than any other Oxford course except for Physics and Philosophy (which is similarly structured). The course is demanding but rewarding, with a high proportion of students achieving First Class Honours.
Current Students at Hertford
Information for current students, organised by year-group, is available from the links at the left of this page, or by clicking on: First Year, Second Year, Third Year, Fourth Year. Numbers within each year-group are shown in the sidebar. Click here to link to the Mathematics and Philosophy Course Handbooks and Synopses, and here for the formal Examination Regulations (Grey Book).
Hertford College does not have a quota for places in Mathematics and Philosophy, since recruitment depends on the competition amongst applicants in Mathematics. We will admit candidates in Mathematics and Philosophy if they show aptitude and interest in Philosophy, and are good enough to qualify in the competition amongst the applicants for places in Mathematics. Applications are very much welcomed, since the Fellow in Philosophy, Peter Millican, studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford and retains a strong interest in links between the two disciplines (see for example www.philocomp.net).
For details of application procedures etc., please consult the University website on Admissions in Mathematics and Philosophy.
First Year Programme
For details of the first year programme in Mathematics and Philosophy, see the page on Mathematics and Philosophy, First Year.
Upper Year Choices
For a brief summary of Philosophy requirements and options, see the page on Philosophy Upper Year Lectures.