The LSE Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method is one of the top departments in the world to earn a philosophy BSc, offering several unique degrees that provide an indispensible blend of deep interdisciplinary thinking and important transferrable skills, as well as one of the highest employment rates at LSE.

Degrees Offered

BSc Philosophy & Economics

This unique joint degree, administered by some of the world’s top departments in philosophy and economics, allows you to study foundational and philosophical questions alongside your core courses in economics. Learn More…

BSc Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method

The department’s most popular BSc degree provides students with an opportunity to engage with deep questions about philosophy, logic and scientific method among some of the field’s top researchers, in a way that is both continuous with the natural and social sciences and socially relevant. Learn More…

BSc Philosophy, Politics & Economics

The four-year programme in Philosophy, Politics and Economics offers rigorous training in all three disciplines, as well as innovative interdisciplinary teaching and study. Learn More…

BSc Politics & Philosophy

This unique joint honours degree combines courses from the fields of government (politics) and philosophy, in approximately equal weighting, whilst providing a considerable amount of choice in the specific courses taken within each field. Learn More…

Graduate Destinations

graduates

BSc students in Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method have among the highest employment rates at LSE.

In 2012/13, 97% of BSc graduates from the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method were in employment, or completing further study just six months after graduation.

Philosophy graduates from our department have found work in in fields like:

  • higher education (research and teaching)
  • the media
  • management consultancy
  • banking and other financial services
  • local and national government
  • The average starting salary of undergraduates from the Philosophy department in 2011/12 was £23,200 and for postgraduates £35,600.

The department’s emphasis on creative thinking, rigorous scientific method and skills relevant to many social problems makes our undergraduates some of the best prepared students in the world for the modern job market.

What It’s Like

The Courses

The department offers many exciting undergraduate courses, involving a wide number of philosophical topics and their intersection with the sciences and social sciences.

Each week, each of your courses will provide a minimum of a one hour lecture and a related class. You’ll also receive LSE’s unique LSE100 Course on Understanding the Causes of Things. Our department is committed to giving undergraduates a good deal of face-to-face time with Faculty, and all lectures are done by Faculty.

All teachers also offer weekly office hours for feedback and advisory sessions, in which you can further discuss material from the lectures and classes. You will also have a personal academic advisor to provide assistance and guidance.

Teachers in the Department are consistently commended at the annual LSE Teaching Awards, and the Department as a whole was recognised for the quality of its teaching at the 2016 Award Ceremony.

There is some variation in assessment for different courses, but most typically, you will have an examination for each course in June of the year in which you have taken it, as well as an essay due at the beginning of May. For each course, you will have to complete several essays and/or exercises as part of your class work.

Some sample lectures

Is Inequality Bad?

Philosophy Bites lecture featuring Dr. Alex Voorhoeve.

Trolleys, killing and the doctrine of double effect

Open Learn lecture by Prof. Michael Otsuka.

BBC Interview, ‘Game Theory’

Featuring Prof. Richard Bradley, together with Ian Stewart and Andrew Colman, interviewed by Melvyn Bragg.

Some Preliminary Reading

Classics:

  • Plato The Republic, translated and edited by Robin Waterfield (Oxford Paperbacks)
  • R Descartes Meditations (any edition)
  • D Hume An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (any editions)
  • A Smith The Theory of Moral Sentiments (any edition)
  • JS Mill On Liberty (any edition)
  • K Popper Conjectures and Refutations: The growth of scientific knowledge (Routledge 2003)

General Philosophy and Philosophical Tools:

  • T Nagel What Does It All Mean? (Oxford University Press, 1987)
  • RM Sainsbury Paradoxes (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  • B Skyrms Choice and Chance: An Introduction to Inductive Logic (Wadsworth, 2000)

Moral Philosophy

  • T Nagel Mortal Questions (Canto, 1991)
  • B Williams Morality: an Introduction to Ethics (Canto 1993)
  • J Wolff An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • A Voorhoeve Conversations on Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Philosophy of Science:

  • S Okasha Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford Paperbacks, 2002)
  • A Chalmers What is this thing called Science? (Oxford University Press, 2006)