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History and Philosophy of Science and Physics BSc (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

Key facts

UCAS code: FV35

Start date:

Duration/Mode
3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees To be confirmed
International fees To be confirmed

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes

Overview

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.

Physics at Leeds combines technical lectures, practical demonstrations, learning labs and personal tutorials to equip you with analytical and problem-solving skills and valuable subject knowledge. You’ll combine core modules introducing you to key concepts and topics, such as quantum mechanics and thermal physics, with optional modules in topics that reflect our diverse research interests such as photonics or nuclear physics.

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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.

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.

Physics 

Core modules in your first year will introduce you to topics such as vibrations and quantum mechanics, as well as lab work. You’ll also have the choice to take optional modules from across the University. You’ll take further core modules in the following year to develop your knowledge and improve your mathematical skills, continuing with lab work and studying areas such as electromagnetism. In your final year, you’ll choose from further optional modules on a variety of topics to suit your own interests and career plans.

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

Magic, Science and Religion 10 credits
Introduction to the History of Science 10 credits
Darwin, Germs and the Bomb 10 credits
How Science Works 10 credits
Physics 1 25 credits
Vibrations and Waves (Geophysics) 10 credits
Laboratory 1a (Joint Honours and Geophysics) 5 credits
Maths 1 10 credits
Maths 2 10 credits
Introduction to Academic Skills 5 credits

Optional modules

History of Psychology 10 credits
Living with Technology 10 credits
History of Modern Medicine 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Quantum Mechanics (Joint Honours) 15 credits
Maths 3 10 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Reading Texts in the History of Ideas 20 credits
Western Medicine from Antiquity to the Renaissance 20 credits
History of Psychiatry and Mental Illness 20 credits
Topics in Epistemology: Theory and Evidence 20 credits
Physics 3 25 credits
Maths 4 10 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Final Year Project

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Science and Religion 20 credits
Science Communication: History & Theory 20 credits
Philosophy of Modern Physics 20 credits
Cosmology 15 credits
Photonics 15 credits
Bionanophysics 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read History and Philosophy of Science and Physics BSc in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.

We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    Please contact the Admissions Office

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level and 6 in Physics at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H2 in Mathematics and H3 in Physics

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    Scottish Highers accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 77% including 85% in Mathematics and 80% in Physics


Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABC at A Level including A in Mathematics, B in Physics and grade A in the EPQ.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds Offer: ABC at A Level including A in Mathematics and B in Physics and pass Access to Leeds

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: To be confirmed
International: To be confirmed

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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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.

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Placement opportunities

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.

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