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BSc (Hons) Physics with Philosophy
BSc (Hons) Physics with Philosophy

BSc (Hons) Physics with Philosophy

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAB including A in Physics and Maths. This must include a pass in all practical components (where offered).

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2 including D3 in Physics and Maths

  • European Baccalaureate, 80% overall, with 85% in Physics and Maths

  • International Baccalaureate, 35 points overall, including 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

Get an insight into the minds of the great thinkers, where the works of Newton and Einstein stand alongside those of Plato and Kant.

Critically evaluate scientific methods and see physics laid bare. Study topics from plasma to paradox and discover fundamental truths about the nature of the Universe.

You'll study the foundations of physics, enhanced by the grand theories of metaphysics, ethics and logic. You'll learn to analyse real-life problems and communicate complex ideas and arguments - key skills for your onward career.

You'll work with world-renowned physicists and philosophers, probing the nature of existence and pushing the boundaries of research.

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Year 1

Year 1 emphasises core material to consolidate your existing knowledge and prepare you for more advanced study. You'll cover key concepts in physics and gain essential mathematical skills. In philosophy, you'll develop your powers of reasoning and argument, challenging your opinions and forming your approach to the bigger philosophical questions.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Beginning Philosophy 

  • Classical Mechanics and Relativity with Professional Skills 

  • Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics 

  • Introduction to Thermal and Quantum Physics 

  • Mathematics I 

  • Reason and Argument 

Option modules

You will choose from a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Ancient Philosophy 

  • Metaphysics 

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll deepen your understanding of fundamental physical laws and processes. You'll explore in-depth issues in central philosophy and learn to approach problems creatively.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Electromagnetism and Optics 

  • Mathematics II 

  • Quantum Physics II 

  • Thermodynamics and Solid State II 

  • Philosophy of Science 

Option modules

You will choose from a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Ethical Theory 

  • Philosophy of Language 

  • Intermediate Logic 

  • Religious Ethics 

  • Hume's Empiricism 

  • Rationalism: Spinoza and Leibniz 

  • Nietzsche 

  • Kant’s Copernican Revolution (Short) 

  • Metaphysics 

  • Philosophy of Mind 

Year 3

Year 3 introduces some advanced concepts, building on the expertise you've developed. Optional modules give you the chance to delve deeper into your favourite philosophical topic, or discover a new area of physics.

You'll work on a group project to investigate a current problem in philosophy or physics. You can choose to take an interdisciplinary approach, deconstructing scientific and philosophical theories. Alternatively, join one of our internationally-renowned research groups and investigate a problem in physics. You'll conduct original research to reach new conclusions and, at the highest levels, contribute to our understanding of the world.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Quantum Physics III 

  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State II 

  • Philosophy of Physics 

  • BSc Project 

The BSc Project gives you the chance to design and carry out an extended scientific investigation. You'll join a small group looking at a project which will require creativity and original thinking to tackle. Each project is supervised by a specific member of staff with relevant expertise, who can give advice and assistance.

Recent projects have included:

  • Can Closed Time-like Curves Exist?

  • Dark Energy and the Cosmological Constant

  • The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics and How It Solves Problems for Relativity Theory

You'll be supported by a professional skills module, building on the expertise developed in Years 1 and 2. You'll work with a team to develop a talk and academic poster to be given at a conference at the end of the year.

Option modules

You will choose from a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • German Idealism 

  • Philosophy of Art: Hume to Tolstoy 

  • Philosophy of Christianity 

  • Contemporary Issues in Bioethics 

  • Foundations of Maths 

  • The Value and Meaning of Life 

  • Philosophy of Physics Advanced 

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our graduates are working as:

  • Accelerator Physicist, Science and Technology Council

  • Engineer, BAE Systems

  • Scientist, The Home Office

  • Financial Coordinator, De Vere

  • IT Analyst and Consultant, Virgin money

  • Teacher

  • Electrical Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

  • Environmental Modeller, E.ON

  • Accountant, John Lewis

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Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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