Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science BA (Full time) 2018 start
Course information for 2019 start
UCAS code: VVD5
Start date: September 2018
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
What is reality? How can we know it – and how do we know what we know? Can we trust what scientists say more than others, and is science ever truly objective?
A degree in Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science addresses important questions about how we see and understand the world around us. As well as fundamental questions about knowledge, language, reality and moral and political life, you’ll learn about the ways in scientific theories and methods have developed over the years and the roles that science, technology and medicine play in society.
Core modules will introduce you to key approaches, thinkers and methods in each subject, as you learn to construct effective arguments and think about the nature of scientific evidence and ideas. You’ll then be able to expand your knowledge through a wide range of optional modules on topics like philosophy of biology, science and religion, metaphysics and aesthetics. You’ll engage with questions that have shaped the modern world.
Leeds has great facilities for students of philosophy, theology and religious studies. 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.Back to top
In your first year you’ll study core modules that introduce you to the history, methods and central questions across philosophy and history and philosophy of science, such as How to Think Clearly and Argue Well and How Science Works. You’ll also be able to choose from optional modules in either subject or discovery modules from across the university.
With this grounding you’ll be in a good position to take advantage of the choice on offer over the next two years. In your second year you’ll choose from core modules exploring topics such as the philosophy of theory and evidence, the history of psychiatry, or the role of science in social change. Beyond this you’ll be able to pursue your interests in optional modules such as moral and political philosophy, logic or the philosophy of mind or religion.
You’ll continue to benefit from this choice in your final year, but you’ll also focus on a specialist topic of your choice when you undertake your independent research project. It will allow you to showcase the skills and knowledge that you’ve developed throughout the course of your degree.
Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional 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|
|How to Think Clearly and Argue Well||20 credits|
|Introduction to Academic Skills||5 credits|
|History of Psychology||10 credits|
|Living with Technology||10 credits|
|The Mind||10 credits|
|Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion||10 credits|
|The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong||20 credits|
|Knowledge, Self and Reality||20 credits|
|History of Psychiatry and Mental Illness||20 credits|
|Ethics of Life and Death||10 credits|
|Introduction to Metaphysics||20 credits|
|History of Science in 10 Objects||20 credits|
|Philosophical Issues in Biology||20 credits|
|Topics in Epistomology: Theory and Evidence||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Science Communication: History & Theory||20 credits|
|War, Terror and Justice||20 credits|
|Philosophy of Modern Physics||20 credits|
|Philosophical Issues in Technology||20 credits|
|Mind, Brain and Society||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
Learning and teaching
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science is home to expert tutors whose cutting-edge research informs their teaching. We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from their expertise including lectures, tutorials, seminars and occasionally workshops. However, independent study is vital to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis while forming your own ideas.
Exams and essays are among the types of assessment we normally use, but some modules may also incorporate group work or oral presentations as assessed components. We offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds to help you handle assessments, such as extra classes on public speaking and exam technique.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
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 be required.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1.
35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers, or AAAABB in Highers
European Baccalaureate: 80%.
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 ABB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.
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 requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
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How to apply
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
A degree in Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science will equip you with in-depth subject knowledge on a wide range of topics. It will also give you transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.
You’ll have strong research skills and be able to think critically about complex information from a range of sources. You’ll be able to construct effective arguments and present and defend your views clearly, whether verbally or in writing. You’ll also be able to work in a team or independently and have good organisational skills.
Graduates have gone on to succeed in a wide range of career paths as a result, including management, charity work, the civil service, politics, journalism, the media and education. Many also pursue postgraduate study.
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
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.
You’ll also have additional opportunities to gain work experience during the degree. For example, you can apply for our Philosophy Students into Schools module which allows you to spend time planning and delivering lessons, or you can get involved in the ongoing development of the Leeds Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.
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