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University of Aberdeen

Philosophy and Physics

UCAS Code: VF53
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Physics
  • Philosophy
Student score
90% HIGH
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
88% LOW
88% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20k LOW
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

For First Year Entry a minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB. A Level Maths and Physics are also required. For Second Year Entry a minimum of an A in the subject selected for Single Honours plus BB, or AB in the subjects selected for Joint Honours plus a further B.

Scottish Highers
AABB

Minimum of 4 Highers at AABB obtained at a single sitting or 3 Advanced Highers at BBB. Those seeking to qualify over two sittings will be expected to exceed this minimum. Higher Maths and Physics are also required.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Minimum entry requirement: DDM in related subjects.

International Baccalaureate
32

For entry into First Year, a minimum of 32 points required, including at least 5,5,5 at HL, which must include Mathematics and Physics. For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 36 points, including 6, 6, 6 at Higher level, including Mathematics and Physics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

Philosophy: Level 1: Philosophy and human personality: examines general philosophical problems on the nature of mind and the relation between mind and body, personal identity, existentialism, and determinism and the possibility of free human action. Moral philosophy: examines specific moral questions e.g. abortion, capital punishment, treatment of animals etc, whilst introducing students to the underlying moral theories. Includes the study of Mill's Utilitarianism. Formal logic 1 and 2: basic concepts, symbolism and methods of propositional and predicate logic; quantificational logic and logic of relations and identity. Philosophy, science and belief: the nature of knowledge in general and the sorts of understanding provided by science and religion, and the rational justification, if any, for religious belief. Philosophy of art and literature: introduces issues in aesthetic theory such as the nature of art and art appreciation and aesthetic attitude; critically investigates prominent 20th-century theories of art, particularly Marxism, structuralism and post-modernism; philosophical issues in specific media such as literature, music, pictures and film. Philosophy, politics and society: considers key figures in the history of political theory, central political concepts and leading 20th-century political ideologies; some social policy issues and their underlying theories, including social justice and censorship; the proper methods underlying the social sciences; global citizenship introduces students to the idea of being a world citizen, to what responsibilities in the modern world this involves, especially in the area of protecting the global environment, addressing issues of world poverty and working for peace. Level 2: Advanced philosophy 1: rationalism and empiricism through the writings of Plato, Descartes and Hume; some central themes in English-speaking moral theory, as exemplified in Moore, Ross, Ayer, Stevenson and Hare. Advanced philosophy 2: issues in moral realism; Kant's moral philosophy; issues in applied ethics; issues in 20th-century philosophy including Russell, logical positivism and the philosophy of language. Levels 3 and 4: Core courses; wide range of options including the study of particular philosophers and areas of philosophy ranging from existentialism to the philosophy of science. Physics: Level 1: Astronomy: emphasises what we know about the solar system and how this knowledge has been acquired; meteorology and environmental physics: discusses the physics of the atmosphere and the measurements needed to make sense of our weather. Level 2: Space science: background to satellites, rocketry, orbits and current space missions; astronomy, cosmology and modern physics: concentrates on the life cycle of stars and the evolution of the universe, in the process introducing more advanced 20th-century physics from the fields of quantum physics, elementary particle physics and relativity. Levels 3 and 4: Specialist options.

University of Aberdeen

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest UK universities, offering over 600 undergraduate courses. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Physical Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A place in halls is normally guaranteed to first-year students on or within walking distance of the main teaching site.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
29%
71%

Year 1

22%
78%

Year 2

19%
81%

Year 3

12%
88%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
64%
31%
5%

Year 1

54%
44%
2%

Year 2

41%
59%

Year 3

11%
81%
8%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 100%
Student score 90% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

78%

Feedback on work has been helpful

78%

Feedback on work has been prompt

76%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

89%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
32% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
23% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
415 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

9%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

5%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

5%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research – in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that nearly a quarter of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. IT and engineering – also commanding decent salaries - are other popular industries for physics graduates.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

95%

Library resources are satisfactory

95%

Feedback on work has been helpful

85%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

90%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
28% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
39% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
393 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
22% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

7%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

5%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

14%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although there aren't a lot of jobs around for professional philosophers, philosophy degrees are an increasingly popular option, with more than 2,300 students graduating in a philosophy-related subject in 2012. Nearly a quarter of philosophy graduates take a postgraduate qualification, and it's a relatively common subject at both Masters and doctorate level – so if you think academic life might be for you, think ahead about how you might fund further study. For those who go into work, philosophy grads tend to go into education, management, marketing, community work, human resources and the finance industry, while a few even went into IT, where their logical training can be very useful.
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