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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc History and Philosophy of Science and Physics

Programme code:BS-HPSC&PHYSUCAS code:FV35
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Victor Dura-Vila Contact address:v.dura-vila@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

ABB including Physics and Grade A Mathematics at A-level.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 125 credits in total (a mixture of compulsory and optional or discovery modules). To pass the year they must pass 100 credits including all modules flagged as ‘PFP’..

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2
HPSC1046Introduction to the History of Science10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC1050Darwin, Germs and the Bomb10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1109How Science Works10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS1200Physics 1- Fundamental Forces25 creditsSemester 1
PHYS1250Vibrations and Waves (Geophysics)10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS1260Laboratory 1a (Joint Honours and Geophysics)5 creditsSemester 1
PHYS1290Maths 1- Scalars and Vectors10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS1300Maths 2- Multivariable Calculus10 creditsSemester 2
PRHS1025Introduction to Academic Skills5 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates may choose up to 20 credits from the following optional modules.

HPSC1030History of Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC1070Living with Technology10 creditsSemester 2
HPSC1080History of Modern Medicine10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may select up to 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Over levels 2 and 3 taken combined students must pass:
- Physics: a minimum of 90 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- History and Philosophy of Science: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Plus 30 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits of Discovery modules or further modules in the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 2 and all core modules to proceed to the next level of the programme.

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS2360Quantum Mechanics (Joint Honours)15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS2370Maths 3- Matrices and Operators10 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study at least 40 credits from the following list of optional modules:

HPSC2150History of Science in 10 Objects20 creditsSemester 1
HPSC2307Science, Culture and Society in the Industrial Age20 creditsNot running in 201920
HPSC2400History of Psychiatry and Mental Illness20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2405Introduction to Epistemology20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2600Philosophical Issues in Biology20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2611How Biology Works10 creditsSemester 2

PHIL2600 and PHIL2611 are mutually exclusive.

Students must choose ONE of the following modules:

PHYS2300Physics 3- Fields and Energy25 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2350Electromagnetism (Joint Honours)15 creditsSemester 1




Canidates must take at least one of the following modules:

PHYS2060Physics Laboratory 3- Experimental Physics (A)10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2380Maths 4- Transforms and Partial Differential Equations10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Students may choose to take up to 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Over levels 2 and 3 taken combined students must pass:

- Physics: a minimum of 90 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- History and Philosophy of Science: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Plus 30 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits of Discovery Modules or further modules in the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 3 and all core modules to proceed to gain the degree.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study ONE of the following modules:

PHYS3152Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS3700External Placement: Beyond the University40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates are required to select at least sufficient credits from the following modules to fulfil the programme requirements. PHIL3311 and PHIL3320 are mutually exclusive. PHIL3851 and PHIL3852 are mutually exclusive.

HPSC3200Science Communication: History & Theory20 creditsSemester 1
HPSC3315History of the Body20 creditsSemester 2
HPSC3401Science, Objects and the Museum20 credits 
HPSC3450Mind, Brain & Society20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3320Philosophy of Biology20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3855Philosophical Issues in Technology20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL3865Philosophy of the Social Sciences20 creditsSemester 2
PRHS3200Moral, Rational Selves: Perspectives on Human Nature20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHYS3011Cosmology15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3116Photonics15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3190Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3281Star and Planet Formation15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3382Advanced Quantum Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3390Quantum Photonics15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3441Statistical Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3505Professional Skills in Physics5 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS3511Advanced Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3543Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3605Physics in Schools15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 02/10/2019

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