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.
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.
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.