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Programme structure: Physics and Philosophy (BSc) - what's running in 2021/22

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Solid State Physics 3021 PHYS30021 20 Mandatory TB-1
Philosophical Issues of Physical Sciences PHIL30052 20 Mandatory TB-1
Select 20 credit points from the following:
First Extended Essay PHIL30107 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Second Extended Essay PHIL30108 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Select 30 credit points from the following:
Physics Project 333 PHYS39330 30 Optional TB-4
Physics Education 333 PHYS39332 30 Optional TB-4
Industrial Group Project PHYS30007 30 Optional TB-4
20 credit points of approved level H/6 Philosophy units which could include
The Philosophy and History of Medicine PHIL30082 20 Optional TB-1
Philosophy and the Environment PHIL30112 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Philosophy of Biology PHIL30063 20 Optional TB-1
Philosophy of Science PHIL30049 20 Optional TB-2
Philosophy of Psychology PHIL30077 20 Optional TB-2
Philosophy of Mathematics PHIL30090 20 Optional TB-2
Death, dying and disease PHIL30115 20 Optional TB-2
If you took Death, Dying and Disease in year 2 (PHIL20049) you cannot take that unit again in year 3.
Please note that if you took Space, Time and Matter (PHIL20053) in year 2, you cannot take it again in year 3.
Virtue and Well-Being PHIL30126 20 Optional TB-1
10 credit points of level 6/H Physics options, chosen with the agreement of the School of Physics, from
Introduction to Computational Physics PHYS30009 10 Optional TB-4
Environmental Physics PHYS30027 10 Optional TB-2
Biophysics 321 PHYS31211 10 Optional TB-1
Analytical Mechanics PHYS30008 10 Optional TB-2
Skills for Science 301 PHYS38011 10 Optional TB-1
Nanophysics PHYS32600 10 Optional TB-2
Condensed Matter Physics 311 PHYS31111 10 Optional TB-2
Galaxies 301 PHYS34011 10 Optional TB-2
High Energy Astrophysics 301 PHYS34012 10 Optional TB-2
Stellar Structure and Evolution 301 PHYS34013 10 Optional TB-1
Methods of Theoretical Physics 3 PHYS30015 10 Optional TB-2
Physics World 301 PHYS38010 10 Optional TB-2
Particle Physics PHYS32012 10 Optional TB-1
Quantum Physics 301 PHYS32011 10 Optional TB-1
Materials Physics PHYS30025 10 Optional TB-2
Physics and Philosophy (BSc)   120    

Progression/award requirements

Unit Pass Mark for Undergraduate Programmes:

  • 40 out of 100 – for level C/4, I/5 & H/6 units
  • 50 out of 100 – for level M/7 units

For details on the weightings for classifying undergraduate degrees, please see the Agreed Weightings, by Faculty, to be applied for the Purposes of Calculating the Final Programme Mark and Degree Classification in Undergraduate Programmes.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Please refer to the specific progression/award requirements for programmes with a preliminary year of study, the Gateway programmes and International Foundation programmes.

Exit awards

All undergraduate degree programmes allow the opportunity for a student to exit from a programme with a Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education.

  • To be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 240 credit points, of which at least 90 must be at level 5.
  • To be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 120 credit points at level 4.

Integrated Master's degrees may also allow the opportunity for a student to exit from the programme with an equivalent Bachelor's degree where a student has achieved 360 credit points, of which 90 must be at level 6, and has successfully met any additional criteria as described in the programme specification.

The opportunities for a student to exit from one of the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry with an Award is outlined in the relevant Programme Regulations (which are available as an annex in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes).

Degree classifications:

  • First Class Honours 70 and above
  • Second Class Honours, First Division 60-69
  • Second Class Honours, Second Division 50-59
  • Third Class Honours 40-49
  • Fail 39 and below

An Ordinary degree can be awarded if a student has successfully completed at least 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at Level 6.

The pass mark for the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine and Dentistry is 50 out of 100. The classification of a degree in the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry is provided in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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