Mathematics and Philosophy 

(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 Mathematics and Philosophy.

Combined Honours
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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: GV15

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Our teaching is excellent, as evidenced by Mathematics at Keele having been consistently ranked in the top ten in the UK in the National Student Survey.

Course Overview

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.

What will this mean for my future?

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.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Ten Problems of Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • How to Think
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Algebra
  • Calculus

Second Year

  • The Pursuit of the Good
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics I
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Differential Equations
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Mathematical Modelling

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics II
  • Rorty and the Mirror of Nature
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Great Philosophers of the 20th Century
  • Professional Mathematics
  • Graph Theory
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Number Theory