Philosophy and Physics (BSc)

University of Leeds the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 21500 per year

All study options

About Philosophy and Physics at University of Leeds

This wide-ranging and challenging degree will allow you to think about fundamental aspects of the Universe from different scientific and philosophical perspectives.

Core modules will introduce you to logic and central ideas in philosophy, as well as key areas of physics such as quantum mechanics and lab work. But you'll also choose from a range of optional modules in both subjects which give you the chance to explore philosophy of science or religion, electromagnetism, the history of ideas, particle physics, the nature of scientific knowledge, metaphysics and ethics.

With the support of expert tutors in both subjects and fantastic research facilities at your disposal, this Joint Honours degree will allow you to think in different ways about humanity's place in the Universe, as well as gaining an impressively broad range of skills.

Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy. 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 other library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is also home to state-of-the-art research facilities which are crucial elements of your independent learning.

  • 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.

    Your first year will lay the foundations for the rest of your degree, as you study key areas in each subject. You'll learn how to construct arguments and explore key issues in philosophy, as well as undertaking practical lab modules and being introduced to topics like quantum mechanics and thermal physics.

    From this foundation, you'll build your knowledge and skills over the next two years with a wider range of choice. You'll choose a central philosophy module to study and then be free to focus on whichever area suits you, ranging from logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and ethics to philosophy of religion. At the same time, you'll take core modules on major topics in physics such as electromagnetism or particle physics. In both subjects, you'll also have a choice of optional modules, covering areas from philosophy of science to the ethics of life and death.

    Throughout the degree, you'll develop your mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as learning to think clearly, construct effective arguments and conduct independent research. You'll have the chance to showcase these skills in your final year research project.

    Course structure

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

    Year 1

    You'll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics.

      • Career opportunities

        A Joint Honours degree in Philosophy and Physics will equip you with a wide range of skills and subject knowledge which are highly attractive to employers.

        You'll have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and be able to interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data. You'll be confident working independently or in a team and have good research skills. In addition, you'll be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, both verbally and in writing - and you'll have the organisational skills needed to manage two very different subjects.

        Graduates have gone on to succeed in a range of careers that reflect the diversity of this degree. They've gone into science, education, business and finance, law, sales and marketing, the media, the civil service and charity sector. Many have also progressed to postgraduate study.

        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

        All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It's a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

        The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain - language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

        Read more about Study abroad in Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

        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.

  • Study options for this course

    • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
    • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 21500 per year

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