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BSc Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method


UCAS code: V503

Usual standard offer:
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

For further details, see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/phl

Applications 2015: 140

First year students 2015:

First year:

Second year:

(* half unit)

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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Programme details

This programme offers a great deal of choice. In a nutshell: beyond the compulsory philosophy courses, you can put together an approved programme of study according to your interests from a large selection of philosophy options and the tremendous range of outstanding social science courses at LSE.

First year

In your first year, you take two compulsory courses. Reason, Knowledge and Values gives a critical introduction to some central problems and classic texts of philosophy. This course includes a supplementary five-week Philosophy and Argumentative Writing seminar, which gives intensive training in writing skills. Logic introduces the basic system of modern formal logic, including propositional logic, predicate logic and the theory of identity. Those with strong mathematical ability may otherwise, instead of Logic, take Formal Methods of Philosophical Argumentation, which combines logic with probability theory and makes these formal methods relevant to argumentation analysis and the study of scientific reasoning. You also select two further courses from the range of options offered by other departments. Along with all LSE students, you take LSE100 (which commences in the Lent term): an interdisciplinary course that introduces students to fundamental elements involved in thinking like a social scientist.

Second and third years

In the second year, you choose one of our many courses in the broad area of philosophy of science. In addition, you take up to three courses from the Philosophy options list, which includes a wide variety of courses in the Philosophy Department, including both theoretical and applied moral and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and language, and further logic, as well as some philosophical courses taught outside the department, such as courses on literature and philosophy. One of your courses may be an approved outside option from a range of LSE departments. LSE100 continues in the Michaelmas term.

In the third year, you take up to four courses from the philosophy options list, which again includes some philosophical third-year courses taught outside the department, such as Jurisprudence (philosophy of law). One of your courses may be an approved outside option from a range of LSE departments.