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BSc Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method


UCAS code: V503 BSc/Phil

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/ugAdmissionsCriteria|
Applications 2012:

First year students 2012:

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

  • Up to four courses from the philosophy option list
  • An approved outside option

First year

In your first year, you take two compulsory core courses. The first of these, Reason, Knowledge and Values, gives a critical introduction to some of the central problems and classic texts of philosophy. The second course, Logic, introduces the basic system of modern formal logic, including propositional logic, predicate logic and the theory of identity. You also select two further courses from the range of options offered by other departments. 

Second and third years

In these years, you take a core philosophy of science course: either Philosophy of Science, the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Scientific Revolutions or Scientific Method and Policy, plus further philosophy options and up to two outside options. In sum, this degree is very flexible: the only two required courses are in your first year. Other than that, you have your pick of philosophy courses and up to four courses in any other subject at LSE.

Philosophy option list

(* half unit)

It may also be possible to take philosophical courses taught elsewhere in the School, such as:

  • European Literature and Society (taught in the Language Centre but in consultation with Philosophy): Literary treatment of the major philosophical trends of the twentieth century, including the aesthetics of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, the analytical school of Russell, Berlin, the existentialism of Sartre, the paradox of the absurd of Camus, and French and East European Phenomenology.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.