Mathematics and Physics 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hon)

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 Physics.

Combined Honours
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UCAS code: FG31

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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.

In 2016, Keele’s Physics graduates have given us a 100% rating for overall satisfaction with their courses. Study Physics at Keele and you’ll learn to apply mathematics and computing to formulate and solve a wide range of physical problems. You’ll use mathematics to describe the physical world, and learn to plan and conduct investigations before reporting your results. Your course will be informed by the research interests of your teaching staff: primarily astrophysics and condensed matter physics. Regular laboratory sessions will enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and acquire specialist techniques, but you’ll also develop invaluable transferable skills such as communication, IT and interpersonal skills. We operate an open-door policy which enables you to have excellent and flexible access to staff to seek advice or feedback on your work. Take this course as a single honours or combined honours and your degree will be accredited by the Institute of Physics.

What will this mean for my future?

A Physics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers, which need not be directly related to physics. You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public services. You might work as a research scientist, medical physicist, software engineer, geophysicist or radiation practitioner, or you might branch out and become a science writer, chartered accountant, patent lawyer, IT consultant or air traffic controller. Many graduates go on to study at master’s or doctorate level.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity
  • Nature of Matter
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Second year

  • Differential Equations
  • Complex Variable and Vector Calculus
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Third year

  • Group Theory
  • Professional Mathematics
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Codes and Cryptography
  • Physics Project
  • Electromagnetism + Two option modules such as Fluid Mechanics and Particles, Accelerators and Reactor Physics from a list of option modules available in Physics.