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Mathematics & Philosophy BSc

UCAS code: GVC5

Key information

Course type:
Joint honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
3 years or 4 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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 you a foundation in many branches of mathematics, including algebra, analysis, probability and geometry. You can choose to take a Year Abroad, where you will spend your third year studying abroad before returning to complete a final year with King's.

Key benefits

  • Leading centre of research, with 87% of the Mathematics department's research classed as world leading. (REF 2014).
  • The Philosophy Department is ranked 4th in Europe and 8th in the world. (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020).
  • One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.
  • Central location gives easy access to major libraries and many leading societies, including the London Mathematical Society and Royal Society.
  • Improved career prospects – King’s graduates are highly sought after both nationally and internationally in a wide range of professions.
  • The Philosophy Department is ranked 4th in Europe and 8th in the world. (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020)
  • King's offers an exceptionally wide range of optional Philosophy modules, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy, without any gaps from pre-Socrates to the present day.
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There is a wide variety of modules, and so much you can do within the department and the Philosophy society. 

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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 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.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Standard entry requirements have not been set for this programme

Language requirement band is not set

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.

 

Teaching methods - what to expect

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.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations

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. You may also be assessed by essays, practical examination, oral presentation, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

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

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 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. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: •Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. •Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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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 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.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Standard entry requirements have not been set for this programme

Language requirement band is not set

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.

 

Teaching methods - what to expect

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.

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Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations

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. You may also be assessed by essays, practical examination, oral presentation, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

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

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 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. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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.

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, 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

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: •Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year. •Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year. • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Joint honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
3 years or 4 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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