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Philosophy and Mathematics (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
Typical offer
AAB-ABBView full entry requirements
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Some of the greatest academic minds have been both mathematicians and philosophers. On this joint honours course you’ll explore the relationship between the 2 disciplines. Both develop the ability to think abstractly and analyse complex ideas.

The critical and logical skills you’ll develop are sought after by a wide range of employers and will prove invaluable to your future career.

In your degree you can:

  • develop an understanding of philosophical questions such as ethics, reason and responsibility

  • gain a thorough understanding of key mathematical areas, including linear algebra, calculus, statistics and differential equations

  • apply philosophical thought to language, morality, sex and other important aspects of life

  • learn skills in mathematical investigation and research

  • discover how to conduct and present research

You’ll be taught in small groups in a relaxed and friendly environment, and benefit from the expertise of academic staff whose research feeds directly into the course content.

Compulsory modules provide a strong grounding in both subjects, while optional modules give you the freedom to pursue your own interests in topics as varied as metaphysics, probability and Islamic philosophy.

You can take modules from other disciplines such as anthropology or psychology, studying a language, or choosing from a range of cross-disciplinary modules. These include topics such as social enterprise, risk management, and living and working on the web.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 313.66 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Avenue campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.