Human Geography and Mathematics 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Human Geography and Mathematics.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.

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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: GL17

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Course Overview

Our Human Geography course explores the way in which humans relate to the environment through lab, lecture and field-based learning opportunities. This course will take you to fascinating fieldwork destinations in the UK and overseas, where you’ll add to your growing skills in understanding and influencing the way humans relate to the environment. In the lab, the field and the archive, you’ll explore the characteristics, diversity, interdependence and changing nature of places. You’ll understand the applications and possibilities Human Geography provides in solving problems, creating wealth and improving quality of life. You’ll collect and analyse spatial, social and environmental data, and become familiar with industry standard GIS software for analysing, visualising and integrating that data.

Mathematics at Keele has been consistently ranked in the top ten in the UK in the National Student Survey. 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.

What will this mean for my future?

Human Geography at Keele was ranked in the top 10 nationally for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. In addition to providing very specific human geography skills, this course will enhance your abilities in communication, make you proficient in various methods such as GIS or primary data collection, and develop your creativity in problem solving. This will all be invaluable as you address social, environmental, ethical and global problems as part of your studies or in the world of work. You might go on to work as a planning and development surveyor, logistics manager, residential surveyor, town planner, international development worker, transport planner or market researcher.

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.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Human Geographies
  • Geographical skills
  • Practising Human Geography
  • People and the Environment
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Investigations and Problem Solving
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Applicable Mathematics

Second Year

  • Dynamic Geographies
  • Practical Human Geography
  • Geographical Research Training
  • Space and Society
  • Differential Equations
  • Analysis I
  • Probability
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Complex Variable and Vector Calculus
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Analysis II
  • Dynamics
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Introduction to Mathematics Education

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Applied GIS*
  • Inspirational Landscapes*
  • Postcolonialism in South Asia*
  • Economic Development and Environmental Transformation*
  • Geographies of Children and Youth*
  • Rural Geographies*

*Modules selected from list

  • Graph Theory
  • Groups Theory
  • Codes and Cryptography
  • Number Theory
  • Ring and Field Theory
  • Metric Spaces and Topology
  • Linear Algebra
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Waves
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Medical Statistics
  • Professional Mathematics
  • Introduction to Mathematics Teaching
  • Project