Mathematics and Philosophy
Mathematics and Philosophy is a popular Keele combination, mixing analysis, rigour, history and abstract thought together with some awkward questions. At Keele, this Combined Honours Degree will include modules from both Philosophy and Mathematics.
On this course you will explore the beauty, elegance and practicality of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. You will learn to use maths to develop precise and logical arguments, construct rigorous proofs, and formulate solutions to new problems. You will study in an intellectually stimulating environment amongst mathematicians producing world-leading research.
Mathematics helps you to take novel approaches to problem solving and make critical interpretations of data and text; your skills will be in demand wherever there’s a need for logical thinking. An extremely wide range of career paths is open to mathematicians, where high levels of mathematical ability are desirable. This can include fields of work as diverse as finance, data analytics, teaching, engineering, medical statistics and management consultancy.
Keele has been one of the most renowned centres for the study of philosophy in England since WWII. Today, Philosophy at Keele is a research-led course with particular strengths in metaphilosophy and metaphysics. The programme explores central themes such as moral philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy, considering key philosophical problems and the various solutions proposed. You’ll learn about past and present approaches to philosophy, especially where associated with particular movements and methodologies. You’ll enhance your logical and critical thinking skills, developing the use of sound arguments while detecting fallacies and other argumentative weaknesses.
Keele has a thriving student led Philosophy Society, and the programme engages widely with other universities, especially through its Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture series.
In a combined honours degree at Keele, each of two principal subjects is studied separately and equally (with a few minor exceptions). In Year one of Mathematics, you will study core material in calculus and algebra, while in subsequent years you can begin to tailor your programme according to your own strengths or interests. For example, you can specialise in pure or applied mathematics, or explore probability and modelling. You will study in an intellectually stimulating environment amongst mathematicians producing world-leading research.
In Philosophy you’ll study logic and a range of philosophical questions about the world and the mind. As well as studying the work of renowned philosophers, and a selection of traditional philosophical problems, you will be encouraged to formulate your own solutions – and ask your own questions – in order to develop your philosophical skills. You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including by essays, presentations and exams.
Both Philosophy and Mathematics have a high approval rating (96% student satisfaction in NSS 2017).
The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.
A Level requirements
- A Level requirement BBC/ 112 UCAS Tariff points from 3 level 3 qualifications
- Maths at grade B or above
- Maths at C (or 4)
- English at C (or 4)
- BTEC requirements DMM
- You must have taken sufficient Maths units, please contact us for advice
- 30 points to include Higher Level Mathematics at 5 or above
Access to HE Diploma requirements
- Obtain Access to Higher Education Diploma with 122 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction, to include sufficient Maths units, please contact us for advice.
Not got the grades?
If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, Foundation Year offers an alternative route to study for this degree.
PREPARATION PROGRAMMES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for this course have the opportunity to study an International Foundation Year programme.
These courses are designed to prepare international students to enter into Keele University undergraduate degrees.
Fees and funding
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96% of Keele graduates were in a job or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE, 2017)
This course provides a superb grounding in understanding the way people think and approach problems, which is why philosophy has one of the best records for graduate employment among non-vocational degrees. You will possess highly developed skills in critical thinking and exploring multiple approaches to problem solving, both of which are highly prized by employers.
You could pursue a huge range of careers, or continue to further study. You might go into education, the law, finance, government, publishing, the media or the arts, or information management, for example.
A degree in Mathematics and Philosophy teaches abstract reasoning, communication and critical thinking skills which opens the door to a wide range of careers. Graduates of this combined degree course have an excellent record of graduate employment and have gone on to careers in information management, games programming, finance, teaching, charity organising and artificial intelligence research, as well as further study. Other examples include actuarial training, aircraft engine design, Formula 1 car design, NHS project manager, operational research, software developer, scientific research, and statistician.
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- Jaguar Landrover
- Co-op Bank
- Local Government
- BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
- British Army
- Lucy Electric
- SEL -First Class
- Sheffield Probation Office
Regardless of which career you pursue after Keele, employers will want evidence of the range of skills and personal qualities you possess and which are required for the job. Your degree is clearly important in this respect but don’t forget the extra-curricular activities, positions of responsibility, jobs and voluntary work you may have been engaged in while studying at Keele. These activities allow you to demonstrate the skills and personal qualities required by employers and will be vital in your attempts to secure graduate employment.
It is estimated that 60% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline. This demonstrates the flexibility of many graduate employers when setting out their academic requirements and that students are not necessarily restricted to careers related to their degree.
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