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BSc Physics with Philosophy / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

This course provides a solid grounding in all aspects of physics, both theoretical and experimental. However a substantial amount of laboratory work is replaced by lecture courses and project work in philosophy. Typical course units forming the Philosophy stream include: Moral Philosophy; Theory of Knowledge; Philosophy of Science and Ethics. The works of Spinoza, Wittgenstein and Aristotle might also be studied.

It is possible to transfer to the 4-year MPhys course at the beginning of your third year.

Please follow the link below to our undergraduate handbook. Here you can find out more information about the course content of your chosen degree programme: http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduatehandbook

Special features

  • It is possible to transfer to the 4-year MPhys course at the beginning of your third year.

Coursework and assessment

Course units are normally assessed formally at the end of the semester via examination. Laboratory and computer based course units may employ assignments and other methods of continuous assessment. Philosophy options may include assessment by extended essay.

Course unit details

Please follow the link below to our undergraduate handbook. Here you can find out more information about the course content of your chosen degree programme: http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduatehandbook

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Mandatory
Mathematics 1 PHYS10071 10 Mandatory
Dynamics PHYS10101 10 Mandatory
Quantum Physics and Relativity PHYS10121 10 Mandatory
Year 1 Lab Work (One Semester) PHYS10280 10 Mandatory
Vibrations & Waves PHYS10302 10 Mandatory
Electricity & Magnetism PHYS10342 10 Mandatory
Properties of Matter PHYS10352 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 2 PHYS10372 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Locke, Berkeley, Hume PHIL20212 20 Mandatory
Philosophy of Science PHIL20261 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics PHYS20101 10 Mandatory
Electromagnetism PHYS20141 10 Mandatory
Mathematics of Waves and Fields PHYS20171 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Solid State Physics PHYS20252 10 Mandatory
Year 2 Lab Work (One Semester) PHYS20280 10 Mandatory
Wave Optics PHYS20312 10 Mandatory
Thermal and Statistical Physics PHYS20352 10 Mandatory
Professional Development PHYS20811 0 Mandatory
The Information Age HSTM20282 10 Optional
Introduction to Logic MATH20302 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Applications of Quantum Physics PHYS30101 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics PHYS30121 10 Mandatory
Thermal Physics of Bose and Fermi Gases PHYS30151 10 Mandatory
Yr 3 Physics Laboratory (One block) PHYS30280 10 Mandatory
2nd Vacation Essay PHYS30811 0 Mandatory
BSc dissertation PHYS30880 10 Mandatory
Physics and Reality PHYS41702 10 Mandatory
Climate and Energy P607 EART30362 10 Optional
Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional
Cosmology PHYS30392 10 Optional
Physics of Medical Imaging PHYS30632 10 Optional
Mathematical Methods for Physics PHYS30672 10 Optional
Physics of Living Processes PHYS30732 10 Optional
Exoplanets PHYS31692 10 Optional
Particle Physics PHYS40222 10 Optional
Nuclear Physics PHYS40322 10 Optional
Solid State Physics PHYS40352 10 Optional
Applied Nuclear Physics PHYS40422 10 Optional
Stars and Stellar Evolution PHYS40692 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 19 course units for year 3

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk