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BSc Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method

Catalog id : V503
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
17712 GBP
National
9000 GBP
EU
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Philosophy, logic and scientific method
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

Studying philosophy means engaging with some profound and fascinating questions; questions that any inquisitive and critical thinker will ask themself at some point in their life, but which many non-philosophers do not pursue in depth.

Here are some examples of these questions:

  • In philosophy of science: What is the difference between science and pseudoscience? How does science generate knowledge? Does science discredit religious belief?
  • In ethics: What does morality require? Why be moral?
  • In political philosophy: Is equality of basic rights and resources a requirement of justice?
  • In metaphysics: What is freedom of the will, and do we possess it? What makes you the same person over time, notwithstanding the changes in your body, beliefs and values over your life?

In studying philosophy at LSE you will debate and investigate the issues and problems that have preoccupied philosophers since Greek times, as well as learning the skills and techniques of reasoning. You will do so by studying works by the major authors of the Western tradition (including Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill) and contemporary sources.

The research and teaching programmes have two distinctive features. The first is a commitment to clarity of expression and argumentative rigour. This means taking great care to avoid obscure or grand statements that one cannot back up with precise arguments or evidence. Formal logic is an important part of the degrees, as too are the principles of evidence and of inductive reasoning.

The skills in reasoning which you will gain can be applied to any subject matter, and your studies will provide you with a good general basis for a wide range of occupations and professions. 

Degree options

  • They offer a single honours BSc Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method; a joint BSc degree in Philosophy and Economics; and BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) which is a joint four-year programme. The Department of Government also offers the BSc Politics and Philosophy.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • A level: grades A A A
  • International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 38 points with 7 6 6 or 6 6 6 at Higher level
  • Other qualifications are considered

 

English Language Requirements

  • CIE board - Grade B or better, plus grade 2 in the optional speaking test OR Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years ^
  • Edexcel board (English A) - Grade B or better, plus the Speaking and Listening coursework component OR Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years 
  • Edexcel board (English B) - Grade B or better, plus proof that you have been instructed in the medium of English for the past 5 years 
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) academic test with a score of 7.0 in all four components (in one exam sitting only).
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade C or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate of English (CAE) with a grade B or better or 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each individual component.
  • Cambridge English Language (1119) conducted overseas by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate: B4 or better.
  • O level (1120 Brunei, 1125 Mauritius A, 1127 Singapore) grade B or better.
  • Singapore Integrated Programme (IP) Secondary 4 English Language grade B or better.  
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education English (HKDSE) with grade 5**.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) - academic test with a score of 65 in all four components (in one exam sitting).
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet based test)- At least 107 overall with a minimum of 25 in each of the four components (in one sitting only).
  • Trinity ISE (revised test) level III overall with distinction in all components.

If an applicant is offering IGCSE in English as a First Language without the optional component (as above), and has been educated in the medium of English during their five most recent years of study (prior to 1 October 2015), then we will accept the qualification as sufficient evidence of English language proficiency.

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Course Modules

First year:

  • Reason, Knowledge and Values: An Introduction to Philosophy
  • Logic or Formal Methods of Philosophical Argumentation
  • Two approved outside options
  • LSE100 (Lent term only)

Second year:

(* half unit)

  • Philosophy of Science or Philosophy of the Social Sciences or Scientific Revolutions: Philosophical and Historical Issues or Scientific Method and Policy
  • Up to three courses from the philosophy options list (can include an approved outside option)
  • LSE100 (Michaelmas term only)

Third year:

  • Up to four courses from the philosophy options list (can include an approved outside option)

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

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How to Apply

LSE receives applications via UCAS. They do not consider applications made 'direct' to the School. Before you apply you should read all of the information and guidance on the How to apply pages and on the degree programmes pages.

Applications should be made online via UCAS.

Guidance on completing your UCAS application form:
A section by section guide to completing the application form, including advice on writing your personal statement and information for teachers/referees, is given on the Making an application page.

Considering your application:
Applications are considered by members of academic staff, who will decide whether or not an offer can be made or whether to hold the application to be considered as part of a gathered field of applications.

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