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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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

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Human Geography A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Subject modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

0

45

60

0

15

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Mathematics A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. Combined Honours Mathematics students must study 60 Mathematics credits in each academic year. This document has information about Mathematics modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

15

45

45

0

0

3*

0

60

60

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

 

Human Geography Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Geography and Geographers

15

Fundamentals of Physical Geography

15

Human Geographies

15

History, Media, Memory: The Presentation of the Past in Contemporary Culture

15

Geographical Skills

15

The Politics of Sustainability

15

Practising Human Geography

15

Global Warming or a New Ice Age

15

People and the Environment

15

Greening Business: Employability and Sustainability

15

   

The Practice of Physical Geography

15

   

Environmental Ethics

15

 

Mathematics Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Algebra

30

None

 

Calculus

30

   

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

 

Human Geography Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dynamic Geographies

30

Gender and the Cinematic Gaze

15

Practical Human Geography

15

City, Culture Society

15

Geographical Research Training

15

Concepts and Debates

15

Space & Society

15

Regional Landsystems

15

   

Practical Physical Geography

15

   

Imperialism and Empire

15

 

Mathematics Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Differential Equations

15

Probability

15

   

Analysis I

15

   

Computational Mathematics

15

   

Complex Variable I and Vector Calculus

15

   

Dynamics

15

   

Mathematical Modelling

15

   

Abstract Algebra

15

   

Analysis II

15

   

Introduction to Mathematics Education

15

   

Optional Modules: in each semester students take two 15-credit modules

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Human Geography Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Applied GIS

15

   

Double Dissertation*

30

   

Single Dissertation*

15

   

Inspirational Landscapes

15

   

Postcolonialism in South Asia

15

   

Economic Development and Environmental Transformation

15

   

Geographies of Children and Youth

15

   

Rural Geographies

15

* Students can only take one of the two dissertation options

Mathematics Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Nonlinear Differential Equations

15

Linear Algebra

15

Partial Differential Equations

15

Complex Variable II

15

Group Theory

15

Waves

15

Number Theory

15

Medical Statistics

15

Professional Mathematics

15

Mathematical Biology

15

Applied Time Series

15

Ring and Field Theory

15

Linear Statistical Models

15

Codes and Cryptography

15

Metric Spaces and Topology

15

Introduction to Mathematics Teaching     

15

Graph Theory

15

Project

15

Fluid Mechanics

15

Medical Statistics Project

30

Optional Modules: students normally choose two 15-credit modules in each semester. The choice will depend on any timetabling restrictions and will be subject to the student having met the necessary prerequisites. Some modules may not be available every year.

 

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az