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BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Philosophy

Royal Holloway, University of London
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Course UCAS code: G1V5
Qualification type:
  • BSc (Hons), Full-time , Duration: 3 Years
Course Summary:
This three-year programme combines two of the most fundamental and intellectually stimulating forms of human enquiry. The idea of using mathematics to describe the universe was first introduced by the philosophers of ancient Greece but it is as relevant as ever today. Questions such as "What is a number?" or "Is mathematics discovered or invented?" are deeply philosophical. By studying both subjects you will not only master the skills of handling complex data and finding creative solutions to problems, but you will also be introduced to the beautiful world of abstract ideas, and encouraged to analyse challenging issues, question your assumptions and communicate your thoughts with clarity. You will gain a unique insight into the world of logic that bridges the two disciplines and you will open doors to a diverse range of career opportunities. Our modular structure gives you the flexibility to tailor your studies to your own interests, and we offer a friendly and motivating learning environment, with a strong focus on small group teaching. Mathematics is one of the oldest academic disciplines and yet it sits at the heart of modern science and technology. Led by experts in the field, our core modules will give you a grounding in the key methods and concepts that underpin the subject, as well as practical skills that are widely transferrable in the world of work. Our curriculum covers pure and applied mathematics, statistics and probability, the mathematics of information, financial markets, and more. You'll also learn about the fundamentals of ancient and modern philosophy, the philosophy of politics, and the art of argument and persuasion. We address some of the most important political, cultural and ethical issues in the world today and tackle fundamental questions about knowledge, reasoning, our views on the universe and the impacts they have on our lives. We also have a vibrant Philosophy Society. We take a uniquely collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to the subject, by looking beyond the confines of the analytic or European tradition to disciplines across the art, humanities and social sciences. You will learn from seasoned philosophers who are published authorities in their field. Your mathematical studies will make up 75% of your overall degree, while philosophy will contribute the remaining 25%. + Study two of the world's oldest and most widely applicable academic subjects. + Learn from renowned mathematicians and inspirational philosophy teachers, with the flexibility to tailor your studies to your own interests. + Our Mathematics department ranks second in the UK for its research impact and fourth for world leading or internationally excellent research (Research Excellence Framework 2014). + Our philosophy courses are taught in a lively international community of students in the Department of Politics and International Relations. + Benefit from our strong focus on small group teaching. + We rank highly for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey and 94% of our mathematics students say we are good at explaining things (NSS 2015).
Mathematics: Calculus, Mathematics: Functions of Several Variables, Mathematics: Number Systems, Mathematics: Matrix Algebra, Mathematics: Numbers and Functions, Epistemology and Metaphysics, Mathematics: Linear Alegbra and Project, Mathematics: Complex Variable, Introduction to European Philosophy 1 - From Kant to Hegel, Mind and World In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies
Assessment Methods:
The programme has a flexible, modular structure and you will take a total of 12 course units at a rate of four, 30-credit modules per year. In addition to compulsory modules in years 1 and 2, you will choose from a range of optional courses each year. Some contribute 15 credits to your overall award while others contribute the full 30. We use a variety of teaching methods and there is a strong focus on small group teaching. You will attend 12 to 15 hours of formal teaching in a typical week. Our mathematics courses are delivered through lectures, seminars, group tutorials, statistics and IT classes, and problem solving workshops. You will also be expected to work on worksheets, revision and project work in your own time. In year 2, much of our mathematics teaching is delivered through lectures, workshops and practical classes, and in year 3, mostly through relatively small group lectures and supervised project work. Philosophy is taught through a combination of lectures, large and small seminars and occasionally through one-to-one tutorials. Outside of class time you will work on group projects and wide-ranging but guided independent study. You will be supported in both subjects by the extensive resources available on Moodle, our e-learning facility. Assessment is through a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examinations, depending on the courses you choose to take. Statistics and computational courses in mathematics may include project work and tests. All students will work in small groups to prepare a report and an oral presentation on a mathematical topic of their choice, which contributes towards one of the core subject marks in year 2, and two of the optional mathematics units in year 3 are examined solely by a project and presentation. The results of the first year assessments qualify you to progress to the second year but do not contribute to your final degree award. The second and final year results do contribute to the final degree result. You will be required to take a study skills course during year 1, to equip you with and enhance the writing skills you will need to be successful in your degree. This does not count towards your final degree but you are required to pass it to progress to your second year.
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15 January

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The staff were seriously amazing, I’ve never felt so well supported and encouraged by teachers before. The union was also very friendly and dedicated to representing and helping students, with great services available. In terms of nightlife, you can grab a nice pint in Egham or on campus, or head out to Windsor or into London for clubbing. But it's a pretty quiet place - definitely don't come here for a party, but that's not everyone's style.

Provisional for Year 1 for EU at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for England at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for Northern Ireland at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for Scotland at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for Wales at £9,250
Provisional for Year 1 for Channel Islands at £9,250
Set for Year 1 for International at £16,900
Main Contact:
Tel. 01784 414944
Email. [email protected]

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  • rayleigh201's avatar by rayleigh201 on 30th September 2015
    Interesting and fun. Easy to settle in and enjoy campus
  • by Anonymous on 30th August 2015
    it was fantastic and i loved my first year
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