Mathematics and Philosophy

Despite their quite different subject matter, Mathematics and Philosophy use many of the same thinking skills. Both subjects prize careful and rigorous reasoning about abstract matters and a distinctive type of imaginativeness. This makes Mathematics and Philosophy an excellent combination.

You will normally take half your modules in Mathematics and half in Philosophy.

In the first year, your study of mathematics will include core mathematics, pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and probability and statistics. Later in the course you can specialise and study group theory, number theory, analysis, differential geometry, and other topics.

This is complemented by rigorous philosophical reasoning. The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their field. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as logic, metaphysics, philosophy of language, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of philosophy (some of whom were important mathematicians as well), such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Leibniz, and Kant.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules. Dual students have the same choice of modules as single Philosophy students. Philosophy modules

For more on Philosophy at Sheffield, click here. For more on the mathematics programme, click here.  For more on the technical details of this course, including entry requirements, see the University online 2018 prospectus.

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