School of Natural and Computing Sciences – U. of Aberdeen

Physics with Philosophy

School of Natural and Computing Sciences – U. of Aberdeen
In Aberdeen

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Aberdeen (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years

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Aberdeen (Aberdeen City)
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Elphinstone Road, Meston Building, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UE


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· Requirements

First year entry Scottish Highers BBBB or Advanced Highers CCC or A Levels CCC. SQA Higher or GCE A Level or equivalent qualification in Mathematics and Physics are required. Advanced entry Advanced Highers BBB or A Levels BBB with BB in Maths and Physics.

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Course programme

Programme Structure & Content

First Year
The Physical Universe gives an overview of some of the general aims and achievements of Physics, including 24 lectures on Astronomy. You are also introduced to the power of the fundamental subjects of Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism, and have practical work covering Experimental Physics and Physical Computing. The Mathematics component includes Calculus and Algebra, and the Philosophy component: Formal Logic and Truth and Reason.

Second Year
Our main programme concentrates on: Dynamical Phenomena, including oscillations and waves, Light Science, Practical Optics and Digital Electronics and an Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Relativity. You should take one advanced Maths course and have a course on Advanced Philosophy: Mind, Language & Science.

Third & Fourth Year (Honours)
You will cover a mixture of fundamental topics, applied subjects and general interest areas such as Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Advanced Philosophy. We place particular emphasis on learning skills that professional scientists need to apply their knowledge. Students spend 25% of their final year on a Supervised Research and Scholarship Project involving Physics or an area of application in Philosophy, plus electives in Advanced Philosophy.

Teaching & Assessment

Most topics involve some continuous assessment. The proportion of continuous assessment and project work increases through the four year Honours programme.

Additional information

Comments: This degree programme has full accreditation from the physicists’ professional body, the Institute of Physics.
Career opportunities: Many graduates become professional scientists in industry, research institutes and universities. Graduates also use their quantitative and data analysis skills in a variety of different ways in industry and commerce. Many physics graduates command high salaries in the computing and financial sectors. In addition, there is a shortage of physics teachers in schools throughout the UK. In specialist areas it is usual to study for an MSc degree to obtain further knowledge. Many physics graduates may wish to obtain a PhD degree to provide valued additional skills.

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