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Mathematics & Philosophy BSc

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Overview

This joint honours mathematics and philosophy degree offers an extremely wide choice of philosophy modules -with coverage from pre- Socrates to the present day- and particular teaching strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. The mathematics element gives students a foundation in many branches of mathematics, including algebra, analysis, probability and geometry.

Students on the Mathematics & Philosophy with a Year Abroad BSc will spend their third year studying abroad before returning to complete a final year with King’s. Students on the three year course may transfer to the four year Mathematics & Philosophy with a Year Abroad BSc.

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 

  • The Philosophy Department is ranked 4th in the UK and 6th in Europe in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2018.
  • 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.
  • Particular teaching strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, political philosophy, and across the range of the history of philosophy. 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 GVC5

Duration Three years, or four years with a year abroad

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Mathematics Department of Philosophy

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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 such as Indian philosophy and medieval philosophy, which are offered by very few other universities in the UK. Study of these options builds 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).

Students on the four year Mathematics & Philosophy BSc course will spend their third year studying abroad at a partner institution. In the 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

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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. 

Assessment

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. The primary method of assessment for this degree is written examination. Other methods may typically include essays, practical examination, oral presentation, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module.

Location

This course is taught primarily at our Strand Campus, putting you close to all the facilities offered by King’s and within easy reach of the cultural attractions of the Southbank and Covent Garden. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students. 

Structure

Year 1

The course is divided into modules and 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 

In your first year you are required to take: 

  • Calculus I (15 credits) 
  • Calculus II (15 credits) 
  • Linear Algebra and Geometry I (15 credits) 
  • Sequences and Series (15 credits) 
  • Introduction to Dynamical Systems (15 credits) 

Philosophy 

In your first year you are required to take one module from each of these three groups which may typically include: 

Group A 

  • Greek Philosophy I (15 credits) 
  • Modern Philosophy I (15 credits) 

Group B 

  • Ethics I (15 credits) 
  • Political Philosophy I (15 credits) 

Group C 

  • Metaphysics (15 credits) 
  • Epistemology I (15 credits) 
  • Methodology (15 credits) 
Optional Modules

Year 2

Required Modules

Mathematics   

In your second year you are required to take the following modules: 

  • Introduction to Algebra (15 credits) 
  • Real Analysis (15 credits) 
  • Linear Algebra and Geometry II (15 credits)

Philosophy 

You are required to take three modules from at least two of the following groups, each of which may typically include:

Group A

  • 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)

Group B

  • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Applied Ethics and Politics (15 credits)

Group C

  • Epistemology II (15 credits)
  • Metaphysics II (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Language (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind(15 credits)
  • Intermediate Logic (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Physics I: Space & Time (15 credits)
Optional Modules

Mathematics

You are also required to choose one further module from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Introduction to Number Theory (15 credits)
  • Classical Dynamics (15 credits)
  • Probability and Statistics I (15 credits)
  • Complex Analysis (15 credits)
  • Applied Differential Equations (15 credits)
  • Geometry of Surfaces (15 credits)
  • Discrete Mathematics (15 credits)

Philosophy

In addition, you are required to take another 15 credit module, either from the list of core modules above or from a wide selection of optional modules which may typically include: 

  • Topics in Greek 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 & 20th Century Continental Philosophy Modules run in alternate years) (15 credits) 
  • Topics in Philosophy of Language (15 credits) 

Year 3

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 typically include: 

  • Applied Differential Equations (15 credits) 
  • Classical Dynamics (15 credits) 
  • Mathematical Theory of Collective Behaviour (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 & Modules (15 credits) 
  • Numerical and Computational Methods (15 credits) 
  • Mathematical Finance I: Discrete Time (15 credits) 
  • Theory of Complex Networks (15 credits) 
  • Geometry of Surfaces (15 credits) 
  • Introduction to Number Theory (15 credits) 
  • Groups and Symmetries (15 credits) 
  • Probability & Statistics II (15 credits) 
  • Discrete Mathematics (15 credits) 
  • Galois Theory (15 credits) 
  • University Ambassador Scheme (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 required modules. Instead, you are required to take at least 45 credits in Philosophy from a broad list of optional modules. Between 30 to 45 credits must be from the level 6 options, depending on your overall philosophy credit total. The remaining modules may be at level 5 or 6 and may typically include: 

  • Dissertation (30 credits) 
  • Topics in Greek 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 & 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) 
  • Morality and Convention (15 credits) 
  • Neoplatonism (15 credits) 
  • Philosophy of Psychology II (15 credits) 
  • Topics in Metaphysics (15 credits) 
  • Philosophy of Physics II: Quantum Mechanics (15 credits) 

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAA

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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) 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

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

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

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAA 

Must include 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.

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.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Maths/Maths & Computing Diploma (or similar subject) 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. Additionally, you may be asked to obtain either 3 in any two STEP papers or a Distinction in AEA Mathematics, if you do not have A-level equivalent study in Mathematics and/or Further Mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3

Must include grade D3 in 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 eleven 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 six 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 Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher Maths.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 6,6,6 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. 

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

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.

 

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

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

 

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