The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
In this programme, you study half of your modules (60 credits) in Mathematics and half in Philosophy (60 credits).
Philosophy: Philosophy’s first year modules will provide you with a thorough grounding in mainly mainstream western philosophy. Mathematics and Philosophy students take our core modules, Problems of Philosophy, Reasoning and Formal Logic, as well as optional modules from a list such as the one below.
- Ethics: How should we live?
- Epistemology: What & how do we know?
- Philosophical Traditions: Existentialism
- Philosophy of Religion
- Political Philosophy: Can power be legitimate?
- Moral Problems
- Ancient Philosophy
Read more about current first year Philosophy modules.
Mathematics: The first two years are carefully designed to allow you as much choice as possible in your final year. In the first year, you take core calculus and algebra together with either applied mathematics or discrete mathematics and statistics.
Philosophy: In second year, you are given greater freedom of choice to pursue the topics and questions that interest and inspire you. Mathematics and Philosophy students take one compulsory module, Logic: Its Limits and Scope, as well as choosing from a range of optional modules. Below is an indicative list:
- The Mind-Body Problem
- Elements of Logic and Metaphysics
- Feminist Philosophy
- Speaking of Things
- Sex, Ethics and Philosophy
- The Ethics of Killing
- The Ethics and Politics of Climate Change
- Experience and Reason: Early Modern Philosophy
- History of Analytic Philosophy
Read more about current second year Philosophy modules.
Mathematics : You take modules in advanced calculus, pure mathematics, and management mathematics. Your computer skills are developed with an introduction to programming.
Philosophy: In the final year there is even more choice of modules. Some areas (like ethics and metaphysics) will be familiar to you, but will be studied at a more advanced level; others will be new to you. Mathematics and Philosophy students take Philosophy of Mathematics as a compulsory module, as well as choosing for a range of optional modules. Final year modules currently on offer include:
- Minds, Brains and Computers
- Topics in Philosophy of Religion
- Global Bioethics
- Prejudice, Race & Gender
- Being Good and Doing Right
- Philosophy of Language
- Reason and Belief: Topics in Epistemology
- What there is: Issues in Ontology
- Science and Nature
- Philosophy of Time Travel
Read more about current final year Philosophy modules.
Another option is the Philosophical Project module, for which you research and write a dissertation with the help of a supervisor who advises you and generally guides you through the process.
Mathematics: The final year offers you a choice of modules with the opportunity to study subjects such as number theory, numerical methods or the history of mathematics