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Mathematics & Philosophy BA

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Overview

This joint honours mathematics and philosophy degree offers an extremely wide choice of philosophy modules with particular teaching strengths in philosophy of mind, science and ancient philosophy, and the Mathematics element gives students a foundation in many branches of mathematics, for example algebra, analysis, probability and geometry.

Key benefits 

Mathematics:

  • Central location gives easy access to major libraries and many leading societies, including the London Mathematical Society and Royal Society.

  • Leading centre of research, with 87 per cent of the department’s research classed as world leading or internationally excellent.

  • Wide choice of modules taught by renowned experts.

  • Friendly and supportive learning environment.

  • Improved career prospects – King’s graduates are highly sought after both nationally and internationally in a wide range of professions.

Philosophy:

  • One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.

  • The Department is ranked as one of the top-three UK philosophy departments in the 2014 Research Excellence framework for both the quality of our research and research power.

  • Our National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction results are consistently excellent. In the most recent NSS (2016) 95% of students reported being satisfied with our teaching.

  • King's offers an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.

  • Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures students acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking.

Key information

UCAS code GV15

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Mathematics,Department of Philosophy

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Course detail

Description

Mathematics has been studied at King’s College London throughout its history and the first Professor of Mathematics was appointed in 1830. Since then we have established a record of accomplishments in central areas of pure mathematics and applied mathematics. The majority of mathematics modules that you will take are the same as those taken by single honours mathematicians. However, some modules have been devised with joint honours students in mind. In the Department of Philosophy we are able to offer an extremely wide range of modules, including subjects like Indian philosophy and medieval philosophy, which are offered by very few other universities in the UK. Study of these options build upon the solid foundation of required modules in the first and second years, although with an increasing level of choice as you progress. In your first year you must take five mathematics modules (four required and one optional) and three philosophy modules (one from each of the History, Value and Theory groups). In the second year, students must take four mathematics modules (one required Analysis module and three optional modules) and four philosophy modules (from at least two of the History, Value and Theory groups). In the third and final year, there is more flexibility and you may take up to five modules from mathematics or philosophy. The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand, so there is no guarantee every module will run.

Teaching style

In your philosophy modules, we aim to combine a wide range of study options with direct contact with our staff. Our emphasis on small-group teaching in tutorials and seminars makes King’s an excellent place to acquire and develop the skills of critical thinking, and to express your ideas both in writing and in philosophical discussion. Mathematics teaching is predominantly through lectures, which are supplemented by tutorials and classes.

Assessment

Assessment mixes examinations and essays, and all modules offer formative assessment to let you try out and explore your ideas. 

Location

Both departments are based at the College’s Strand Campus, in the heart of central London. The College’s Maughan Library is a short walk away on Chancery Lane.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

In your first year, you will take 75 credits from Mathematics and 45 credits from Philosophy.

 

Required Modules

Mathematics:

Philosophy:

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Please click through to see the current required module descriptions, which are subject to change each academic year. 

Optional Modules

Year 2

Students take four Mathematics and four Philosophy modules.

Required Modules

Mathematics:

Optional Modules

Mathematics:

Two or three modules from the following indicative list:

  • Geometry 1;  Introduction to Dynamical Systems for Joint Honours;  Probability and Statistics I;  PDEs and Complex Variables;  Linear Algebra;  Geometry of Surfaces;  Intermediate Dynamics;  Groups and Symmetries;  Elementary Number Theory;  Discrete Mathematics

Philosophy:

Students take four modules in total, with the requirement to take three modules from at least two of the below lists:

List A

  • Greek Philosophy II: Plato;  Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle;  Modern Philosophy II: Locke and Berkeley;  Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza and Leibniz

List B

  • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy;  Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy;  Political Philosophy II: Theories of Justice/Freedom;  Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy

List C

  • Epistemology II;  Metaphysics II;  Philosophy of Logic and Language;  Philosophy of Mind;  Intermediate Logic;  Philosophy of Physics I: Philosophy of Space & Time

 

In the second year combined honours students may also take one 15 credit module from among the wide range of level 6 optional subjects (see year three in the structure tab).

 

In addition, you may choose one further module, either from the list above or from a very wide selection of optional units, which may include:

* Hellenistic Philosophy (15 credits)

* Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools (15 credits)

* Philosophy of Mathematics (15 credits)

* Medieval Philosophy (15 credits)

* Philosophy of Psychology (15 credits)

* First-Order Logic (15 credits)

* Aesthetics (15 credits)

* Gender & Philosophy (15 credits)

* Topics in Modern Philosophy (15 credits)

* Topics in Political Philosophy (15 credits)

* 19th OR 20th Century Continental Philosophy (NB the 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy Modules run in alternate years) (15 credits)

* Topics in Philosophy of Language (15 credits)

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Please click through to see the current required module descriptions, which are subject to change each academic year. 

Year 3

Students can take between three or five Mathematics modules or three or five Philosophy modules.

 

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Mathematics:

  • In your third year, there are no required modules. Instead, you take at least 45 credits in Mathematics from a broad list of options, which may include:

    • PDEs and Complex Variables (15 credits)

    • Linear Algebra (15 credits)

    • Intermediate Dynamics (15 credits)

    • Mathematical Theory of Collective Behaviour (15 credits)

    • Topics in Mathematics (15 credits)

    • Real Analysis II (15 credits)

    • Complex Analysis (15 credits)

    • Topology (15 credits)

    • Special Relativity & Electromagnetism (15 credits)

    • Introductory Quantum Theory (15 credits)

    • Third Year Project (15 credits)

    • Rings and Modules (15 credits)

    • Numerical Methods (15 credits)

    • Mathematical Finance I: Discrete Time (15 credits)

    • Theory of Complex Networks (15 credits)

    • Geometry of Surfaces (15 credits)

    • Elementary Number Theory (15 credits)

    • Groups & Symmetries (15 credits)

    • Probability and Statistics II (15 credits)

    • Discrete Mathematics (15 credits)

    • Galois Theory (15 credits)

    • Mathematics Education & Communication (15 credits)

    • Space-time Geometry & General Relativity (15 credits)

    • Mathematical Finance II: Continuous Time (15 credits)

    • Representation Theory of Finite Groups (15 credits)

    • Mathematical Biology (15 credits)

Philosophy:

 In your third year, there are no compulsory modules. Instead, you take at least 45 credits in Philosophy from a broad list of options. Betweern 30  to 45 must be from the level 6 options, depending on your overall Philosophy credit total. The remaining modules may be at level 5 or 6.

• Dissertation (30 credits)

• Jurisprudence (30 credits)

• Law and Social Theory (30 credits)

• Plato's myths: the soul, desire and the beyond (30 credits)

• Hellenistic Philosophy (15 credits)

• Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools (15 credits)

• Philosophy of Mathematics (15 credits)

• Medieval Philosophy (15 credits)

• Philosophy of Psychology (15 credits)

• First-Order Logic (15 credits)

• Aesthetics (15 credits)

• Gender & Philosophy (15 credits)

• Topics in Modern Philosophy (15 credits)

• Topics in Political Philosophy (15 credits)

• 19th OR 20th Century Continental Philosophy (NB the 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy Modules run in alternate years) (15 credits)

• Topics in Philosophy of Language (15 credits)

• Utilitarianism (15 credits)

• Foundations of Analytic Philosophy (15 credits)

• Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools (15 credits)

• Philosophy of Science (15 credits)

• Ethics of Science & Technology (15 credits)

• Mathematical Logic: Limitative Results (15 credits)

• Topics in the Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)

• Moral Normativity (15 credits)

• Topics in Greek Philosophy (15 credits)

• Philosophy of Psychology II (15 credits)

• Topics in Metaphysics (15 credits)

• Philosophy of Physics II: Quantum Mechanics (15 credits)

  • You may also choose one 15-credit module from the following list of second year level modules, known as level five.
    However, you may choose to take another module from the list above instead if you prefer. The level five options include:

    • Greek Philosophy II: Plato (15 credits)

    • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (15 credits)

    • Modern Philosophy II: Locke & Berkeley (15 credits)

    • Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza & Leibniz (15 credits)

    • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)

    • Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)

    • Political Philosophy II: Theories of Freedom (15 credits)

    • Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy (15 credits)

    • Epistemology II (15 credits)

    • Metaphysics II (15 credits)

    • Philosophy of Logic & Language (15 credits)

    • Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)

    • Intermediate Logic (15 credits)

    • Philosophy of Physics I: Philosophy of Space & Time (15 credits)

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades:

AAA

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades:

D3 D3 D3

Required grades:

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Required grades:

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Required grades:

85% overall

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Mathematics and Further Mathematics (including Pure Mathematics).

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

A-levels: AAA including Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics will be accepted at AS Level grade A only if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Maths/Maths & Computing (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Syllabus must contain pure mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including Mathematics and Further Mathematics (full course). The one year Short Course in Further Mathematics will only be accepted only if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics will be accepted at AS Level grade A only if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics will be accepted at AS Level grade A only if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Further Mathematics will be accepted at AS Level grade A only if you additionally achieve a 3 in any STEP paper or a Merit in AEA Mathematics.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers:  AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher including grade A in Advanced Higher Maths (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including Mathematics at Higher Level. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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Career prospects

Our degrees equip our students with key transferable skills, and former students have gone on to a wide range of careers after leaving King’s, such as banking, law, journalism, teaching and academia.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:
• Analyst Consultant, Accenture
• Asset Distributor, Universal Music
• English Teacher, Primary School
• Intern (Public Affairs), Science strategy company
• Journalist, a business website
• Operations Manager, Five UK
• Research Assistant (Philosophy), a UK university
• Film Production Assistant, Production company
• Volunteer Development Support Officer, Diabetes UK

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