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Physics with Philosophy

University of Aberdeen

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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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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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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King's College Aberdeen

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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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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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
PHYSICS
74%
of students were satisfied overall
PHILOSOPHY
93%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
PHYSICS
81% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
100% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
74% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
70% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
PHILOSOPHY
100% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
93% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
93% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
72% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
PHYSICS
70% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
59% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
85% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
PHILOSOPHY
93% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
76% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
70% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
PHYSICS
56% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
78% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
35% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
42% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
PHILOSOPHY
79% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
86% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
79% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
86% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
PHYSICS
100% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
78% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
60% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
PHILOSOPHY
93% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
86% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
86% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
PHYSICS
59% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
48% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
56% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
PHILOSOPHY
79% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
86% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
96% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
PHYSICS
63% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
67% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
70% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
PHILOSOPHY
89% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
90% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
85% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
PHYSICS
67% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
78% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
PHILOSOPHY
83% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
86% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
PHYSICS
81% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
85% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
61% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
17% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
PHILOSOPHY
90% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
90% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
66% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
36% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics for Physics

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points112

  • Employment Rate70%

  • Average Graduate Salary£18000

Statistics for Philosophy

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points48

  • Employment Rate85%

  • Average Graduate Salary£20000

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