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2021/22 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: 360

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.
- 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.
- This programme also allows the opportunity to undertake a work placement, field work or study abroad.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 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.

Students must pass a minimum of 40 credits in Philosophy and 40 credits in Physics.

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHIL1250How to Think Clearly and Argue Well20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1200Physics 1- Fundamental Forces25 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1250Vibrations and Waves (Geophysics)10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS1260Laboratory 1a (Joint Honours and Geophysics)5 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1290Maths 1- Scalars and Vectors10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1300Maths 2- Multivariable Calculus10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates must take at least one of the following modules:

PHIL1080The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1090Knowledge, Self and Reality20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1120Great Philosophical Thinkers20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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

HPSC1015Magic, Science and Religion10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC1030History of Psychology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1046Introduction to the History of Science10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1050Darwin, Germs and the Bomb10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1070Living with Technology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC1080History of Modern Medicine10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1005The Mind10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1007Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL1109How Science Works10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS2370Maths 3- Matrices and Operators10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2122Formal Logic
Pre-requisite for: PHIL3121, PHIL3123
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2405Introduction to Epistemology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2542Introduction to Metaphysics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates may select further credits from the following modules:

CSER2207Students Into Schools (Arts Humanities and Culture)20 creditsNot running in 202122
PHIL2212History of Modern Philosophy: Leibniz and Hume20 creditsNot running in 202122
PHIL2221Ancient Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2232History of Modern Philosophy: Locke and Berkeley20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2295Ethics of Life and Death10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2321Political Philosophy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2322Moral Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2532Philosophy of Religion20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2600Philosophical Issues in Biology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2611How Biology Works10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PRHS2333Thinking About Race10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PRHS2450A Key Thinker in Philosophy of Religion: In Dialogue20 creditsNot running in 202122
PRHS2451Augustine of Hippo: A Key Thinker in Philosophy and Theology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

PHIL2600 and PHIL2611 are mutually exclusive.

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

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

Students must take at least one of the following modules:

PHYS2003Experimental Physics (For NatSci & Joint Honours)10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS2380Maths 4- Transforms and Partial Differential Equations10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

PHYS2003 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:

Candidates may also choose to study the following optional module.

CSER2206Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Career in Within The Arts, Heritage and Creative Industries20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)


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 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

PHIL3112Kant20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3123Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3320Philosophy of Biology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3321Metaethics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3322Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3421Philosophy of Mind20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3700Feminist Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3723War, Terror and Justice20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3855Philosophical Issues in Technology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3865Philosophy of the Social Sciences20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PRHS3100Existentialism and Phenomenology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PRHS3170Religion, Belief and Ethics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PRHS3300Religion and Mental Health20 creditsNot running in 202122
PHYS3011Cosmology15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3116Photonics15 creditsNot running in 202122
PHYS3190Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3281Star and Planet Formation15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3383Advanced Quantum Physics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3390Quantum Photonics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3441Statistical Mechanics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3505Professional Skills in Physics5 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PHYS3511Advanced Mechanics15 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3543Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3605Physics in Schools15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

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

Last updated: 15/07/2021 10:50:39

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