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: First year modules include: Knowledge and Reality (what is the world like, and how – if at all – do we come to know about it?); History of Philosophy; Logic; and The Individual and Society (covering moral and political philosophy). There are also two seminar-only modules: Philosophical Texts I (where you learn how to analyse and criticise some texts on a variety of topics) and Independent Study I (where you learn essay-writing and research skills and apply them by writing an essay on a philosophical topic of your choice).
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 the second year, all students are given some freedom of choice, so you can pursue the topics and questions that interest and inspire you. Second year modules currently on offer include: Thought and Language; Topics in the History of Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Mind; and Meta-ethics. There is also Philosophical Texts II, where you focus on a single classic book by a particular author (you will have a range of texts in different areas to choose from), and Independent Study II, which gives you the opportunity to further hone your essay-writing skills and to write another essay on a question of your own devising.
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, like the philosophy of Schopenhauer, will be new to you. Final year modules currently on offer include:
- Contemporary Moral Theory
- Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophy of Psychology
- Issues in Contemporary Metaphysics
- Philosophy of Language
- Global Bio-Ethics
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