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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

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Applications 2013:

First year students 2013:

First year:

Second year:

Third year:

  • Up to four courses from the philosophy option list and can include an approved outside option

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Programme details

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 the second year you have the choice of Philosophy of Science, the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Scientific Revolutions or Scientific Method and Policy. Philosophy of Science explores the different traditions in the philosophy of science. Philosophy of the Social Sciences deals with issues concerning the nature of social scientific theory and its applications. Scientific Revolutions examines a number of fundamental issues in the philosophy of science. Scientific Method and Policy looks at evidence, the relationship between scientific and policy aims and the role of the scientist as policy advisor. In addition you take up to three courses from Philosophy option list, one of which may be an approved outside option from a range of LSE departments.

In the third year you take up to four courses from the philosophy option list and one of which may be approved outside option from a range of LSE departments and three courses on philosophy options list. 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.

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

  • European Literature and Society which provides a literary treatment of the major philosophical trends of the twentieth century