Philosophy and Physics BSc
Year of entry 2023
- UCAS code
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 3 years full time
- Work placement
- Study abroad
- Typical A-level offer
- AAB (specific subject requirements)
- Typical Access to Leeds offer
- BBB including Mathematics and Physics and pass Access to Leeds
Full entry requirements
This varied joint honours degree considers fundamental aspects of the universe from different scientific and philosophical perspectives.
Core modules introduce you to logic and central ideas in philosophy, as well as key areas of physics such as quantum mechanics and lab work.
You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules in both subjects which give you the chance to explore philosophy of science or religion, electromagnetism, the history of ideas, particle physics, the nature of scientific knowledge, metaphysics and ethics.
With the support of tutors in both subject areas, plus fantastic research facilities in the School of Physics and Astronomy, this degree will allow you to think in different ways about humanity’s place in the universe, as well as gaining an impressively broad range of skills.
A joint honours degree enables you to study the same core topics as students on each individual single honours course, but you’ll choose fewer optional or discovery modules. This means you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year you’ll learn how to construct arguments and explore important questions in philosophy, as well as undertaking practical lab modules and being introduced to topics such as vibrations and fundamental forces.
From this foundation, you’ll build your knowledge and skills over the next two years with a wider range of choice. You’ll choose a module within theoretical philosophy (encompassing philosophy of logic, language, knowledge, and reality) and then focus on whichever areas interest you.
The option modules encompass a wide range of topics, including philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, ethics and philosophy of religion. At the same time, you’ll take core modules on major topics in physics such as quantum mechanics, as well as a variety of optional modules in the subject.
Throughout your degree, you’ll develop your mathematical, analytical and problem-solving skills, learn to think clearly, construct effective arguments and conduct independent research. You’ll have the chance to showcase these skills in your final year research project.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Philosophy and Physics BSc in the course catalogue
Year 1 compulsory modules
|How to Think Clearly and Argue Well||20|
|Physics 1- Fundamental Forces||25|
|Vibrations and Waves (Geophysics)||10|
|Laboratory 1a (Joint Honours and Geophysics)||5|
|Maths 1- Scalars and Vectors||10|
|Maths 2- Multivariable Calculus||10|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Magic, Science and Religion||10|
|History of Psychology||10|
|Introduction to the History of Science||10|
|Darwin, Germs and the Bomb||10|
|Living with Technology||10|
|History of Modern Medicine||10|
|Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion||10|
|The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong||20|
|Knowledge, Self and Reality||20|
Year 2 compulsory modules
|Quantum Mechanics (Joint Honours)||15|
|Maths 3- Matrices and Operators||10|
Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Ethics of Life and Death||10|
|Philosophy of Religion||20|
|Experimental Physics (For NatSci & Joint Honours)||10|
|Physics 3- Fields and Energy||25|
|Maths 4- Transforms and Partial Differential Equations||10|
|Thinking About Race||10|
Year 3 compulsory modules
|Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science||40|
|Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science||40|
Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics||20|
|Philosophy of Mind||20|
|War, Terror and Justice||20|
|Philosophy of Modern Physics||20|
|Philosophy of the Social Sciences||20|
|Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice||15|
|Advanced Quantum Physics||15|
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science and the School of Physics and Astronomy are both home to tutors at the forefront of research in their fields.
We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise. Normally these include lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops. Lab classes and project work are also major elements of Physics modules. However, independent study is central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis while giving you space to form your own ideas.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We also use different types of assessment, usually a mixture of exams and essays. However, some modules may also assess you on oral presentations, group, project or practical work. Support will be on hand throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique, structuring an essay and public speaking.
A-level: AAB to include Mathematics and Physics
Other course specific tests:
Where 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 including Mathematics and Physics and grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma
D3, M1, M2 including D3 in Mathematics and M1 in Physics
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Physics at Higher Level and 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in Mathematics and H3 in Physics
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB including Mathematics and Physics 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.
You can find out more about what it is like to be an international student by speaking to a Link to Leeds ambassador. They can’t help you with your application, but they can tell you how they have found living and studying in Leeds.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £27,000 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2022/23
For UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 the fee will be £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students for 2023/24 have been agreed by the UK Government and will remain at the current fee level of £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 should be available on individual course pages from September 2022.
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
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There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
Read our guidance about applying.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
This course is taught by
School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
School of Physics and Astronomy
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Admissions
A joint honours degree in Philosophy and Physics will equip you with a wide range of skills and subject knowledge which are highly attractive to employers.
You’ll have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and be able to interpret complex quantitative and qualitative data. You’ll be confident working independently or in a team and have good research skills. In addition, you’ll be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, both verbally and in writing – and you’ll have the organisational skills needed to manage two very different subjects.
Graduates have gone on to succeed in a range of careers that reflect the diversity of this degree. They’ve gone into science, education, business and finance, law, sales and marketing, the media, the civil service and charity sector. Many have also progressed to postgraduate study.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
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.
Student profile: Otto Lyons
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