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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Philosophy and Physics

Programme code:BS-PHIL&PHYSUCAS code:FVH5
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:

AAB 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:

The programme will:
- enable students to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study three disciplines at level one;
- allow the study of two disciplines to the same depth as any single honours student but with less breadth in each discipline;
- provide a basis for further advanced study in either of the disciplines or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.

General
- The distinctiveness, appeal and strength of University of Leeds joint honours programmes lie in the unusual combination of depth, breadth and flexibility which they offer, as well as in the exceptional range of degree combinations available.
- They permit students to study two disciplines, in depth and to degree level while acquiring a broader range of skills than is typically possible within a single honours degree.
- They are emphatically joint honours programmes, rather than integrated programmes: students can therefore make the links they choose from the wide choice of optional modules available within each discipline. Within certain parameters, they thus effectively make connections and devise pathways according to their own preferences, rather than being faced with a prescribed combination of modules chosen for them by others.
- The students must acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- A further element of distinctiveness is the flexibility of the programme structure, which allows joint honours students to change direction more easily, and more radically, than single honours students.
- Many of these programmes also allow the opportunity to undertake a work placement, field work or study abroad.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHIL1250How to Think Clearly and Argue Well20 creditsSemester 1
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 must take at least one of the following modules:

PHIL1080The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1090Knowledge, Self and Reality20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1120Great Philosophical Thinkers20 creditsSemester 1

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

HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2
HPSC1030History of Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC1046Introduction to the History of Science10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC1050Darwin, Germs and the Bomb10 creditsSemester 1
HPSC1070Living with Technology10 creditsSemester 2
HPSC1080History of Modern Medicine10 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL1005The Mind10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL1007Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL1109How Science Works10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to take 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)
- Philosophy: 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 in Philosophy at Level 2, which must include at least one of the following modules:

PHIL2121Introduction to the Philosophy of Language
Pre-requisite for: PHIL3121, PHIL3123
20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2122Formal Logic
Pre-requisite for: PHIL3121, PHIL3123
20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2405Introduction to Epistemology20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2542Introduction to Metaphysics20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may select further credits from the following modules:

PHIL2212History of Modern Philosophy: Leibniz and Hume20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL2221Ancient Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2232History of Modern Philosophy: Locke and Berkeley20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2295Ethics of Life and Death10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2321Political Philosophy20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2322Moral Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL2532Philosophy of Religion20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2600Philosophical Issues in Biology20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2611How Biology Works10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL2999Philosophy Students into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PRHS2333Thinking About Race10 creditsNot running in 201920
PRHS2450A Key Thinker in Philosophy of Religion: In Dialogue20 creditsSemester 1

PHIL2600 and PHIL2611 are mutually exclusive.

Students must choose to take ONE of the following optional modules:

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

Students 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

PHYS2060 Physics Laboratory 3 is compulsory for students wishing to do an experimental project in their final year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates 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)
- Philosophy: 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.

PHIL3112Kant20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3123Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3311Introduction to Philosophy of Biology10 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL3320Philosophy of Biology20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3321Metaethics20 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3322Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3421Philosophy of Mind20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3424Advanced Topics in Knowledge, Mind and Action20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL3522The Structure of Reality20 creditsNot running in 201920
PHIL3700Feminist Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3723War, Terror and Justice20 creditsSemester 1
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
PRHS3100Existentialism and Phenomenology20 creditsSemester 1
PRHS3170Religion, Belief and Ethics20 creditsSemester 1
PRHS3200Moral, Rational Selves: Perspectives on Human Nature20 creditsNot running in 201920
PRHS3300Religion and Mental Health20 creditsSemester 2
THEO3390Philosophy and the Spiritual Life20 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:

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

Last updated: 20/05/2019

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