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BSc in Physics with Philosophy (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Philosophy

Course Description

Physics at Aberdeen offers a thoughtful balance between understanding basic principles of physics and showing how physics can be applied to other areas of science.

The fascination with how the world works used to be called “Natural philosophy” and there was little distinction between a physicist and philosopher. If you want to explore the big questions of “life, the universe and everything” understanding how the universe works, but also thinking about the philosophical ramifications of these great theories - this could be the degree for you, consisting of a 75% component of physics and a 25% component of philosophy.

Physics at Aberdeen offers a thoughtful balance between understanding basic principles of physics and showing how physics can be applied to other areas of science. The fascination with how the world works used to be called “Natural philosophy” and there was little distinction between a physicist and philosopher. If you want to explore the big questions of “life, the...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

The Physical Universe A (PX1015) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

The Physical Universe B (PX1513) - 15 Credit Points

Experience, Knowledge and Reality (PH1023) - 15 Credit Points

Calculus i (MA1005) - 15 Credit Points

Algebra (MA1006) - 15 Credit Points

Calculus II (MA1508) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 15 credit points from a level 1 Philosophy courses, plus further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

What We are: Mind in A Physical World (PH201B) - 15 Credit Points

Light Science (PX2013) - 15 Credit Points

Dynamical Phenomena (PX2015) - 15 Credit Points

Practical Optics and Electronics (PX2505) - 15 Credit Points

Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (PX2510) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from level 1 or 2 courses in Philosophy (PH), plus a further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Energy and Matter (PX3014) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to the Solid State (PX3016) - 15 Credit Points

Research and Computing Skills (PX3017) - 15 Credit Points

Quantum Mechanics (PX3511) - 15 Credit Points

Electricity and Magnetism (PX3512) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Advanced Practical Physics (PX3510)
  • Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510)

Plus select a further 30 credit points from level 3 courses in Philosophy (PH).

Advanced Practical Physics (PX3510) - 15 Credit Points

Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Case Studies in the Physical Sciences (PX4007) - 15 Credit Points

Project (PX4013) - 45 Credit Points

Statistical Physics and Stochastic Systems (PX4012) - 15 Credit Points

Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses in Philosophy (PH).

Year 1 Compulsory Courses The Physical Universe A (PX1015) - 15 Credit Points Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) The Physical Universe B (PX1513) - 15 Credit Points Experience, Knowledge and Reality (PH1023) - 15 Credit Points Calculus i (MA1005) - 15 Credit...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course.
  • Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course.
  • Written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course. Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course. Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of...

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