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

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


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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

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

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

 

Philosophy  Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Philosophy. In years 1 and 2 this is achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Philosophy optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Mathematics Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Algebra

30

None

 

Calculus

30

   

 

Philosophy Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

10 Problems of Philosophy

15

Ancient Philosophy

15

How to Think

15

Continental Philosophy

15

   

Moral Philosophy

15

   

Justice, Authority and Power

15

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

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

 

Philosophy Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Pursuit of the Good

15

Philosophy of Religion

15

Epistemology and Metaphysics I

15

Philosophy of Mind

15

   

Philosophy of Science

15

   

Freedom and Equality

15

   

Work Experience in Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment

15

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

 

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.

 

 

Philosophy Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

None

 

Dissertation in Philosophy

30

   

Philosophy of Art

15

   

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

15

   

Epistemology and Metaphysics II

15

   

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century

15

   

Philosophy of Language

15

   

Metaphysics

15

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Philosophy in your final year, you will study the following modules:

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Dissertation in Philosophy

30

Philosophy of Art

15

   

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

15

   

Epistemology and Metaphysics II

15

   

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century

15

   

Philosophy of Language

15

   

Metaphysics

15

 

In addition to the programme-approved elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules that are offered as part of other programmes in SPIRE and across the University. These include:

 

  • Modules in other subjects related to Philosophy such as Psychology and Sociology.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as English, History, Politics, International Relations, or the Environment.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for academic purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.
  • Elective modules related to student volunteering, studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme, employability skills and personal development.

 

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