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Biology and History and Philosophy of Science, BSc

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
BScFull-time3 yearsSeptemberGBP 9250 per yearGBP 21500 per year

About Biology and History and Philosophy of Science, BSc - at University of Leeds

Biology will allow you to develop the knowledge and skills to face some of the modern world's biggest challenges. A combination of core and optional modules will allow you to develop your understanding of key topics such as cell biology and genetics and gain specialist knowledge in areas like behavioural ecology and animal development biology. You'll also be able to combine practical lab work with classroom-based learning to develop a broad set of skills.

History and Philosophy of Science takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding what science is and its role in society. Using philosophical, historical and social perspectives you'll explore the history of scientific thought, the links between magic, science and religion and the nature of scientific knowledge. You'll combine core and optional modules to explore key questions in history and philosophy of science while focusing on issues and questions that suit your interests.

Specialist facilities

The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

If you're choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.

  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you'll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You'll also undertake a major research project in either subject in your final year.

    Biology 

    Core modules in your first year will develop your knowledge of key areas in biology, such as cell biology and genetics. You'll also have a choice of optional modules, including further practical classes. From that foundation you'll continue to choose from modules on topics such as animal behaviour, experimental design, plant science and bioinformatics over the next two years.

    History and Philosophy of Science 

    In your first year core modules will introduce you to themes and approaches in history and philosophy of science, such as philosophy of science and the development of scientific thought. You'll develop your knowledge in the following year by choosing optional modules in areas like epistemology and the history of ideas. You'll continue to select optional modules in your final year, from realism and representation to philosophical questions in technology.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: ABB including B in Biology

      GCSE: grade 6/B in Mathematics.

      • Career opportunities

        Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects and demonstrates that you're intellectually versatile. Your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.

        You'll have good research skills, and you'll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You'll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you'll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team.

        All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers reflecting the diversity of their degrees. They've gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study.

        To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.

        Careers support

        We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

        Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

        The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        Study abroad

        On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

        Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

        Work placements

        Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

        Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

  • Entry requirements for this course

    Contact University of Leeds to find course entry requirements.

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