Our joint honours BSc Physics and Philosophy with a year abroad degree is designed to offer students the opportunity to study both subjects at degree level. Equal time is spent on each subject.
Fundamental elements of physics are covered and include areas such as relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism and nuclear physics.
Philosophy helps us to understand the world better and to develop skills in reasoning and argument, which are highly transferable and very valuable in the work place. The philosophy modules during the first two years are designed to give a good grounding in important aspects of philosophy. Once you reach your fourth year, many options are available, which means that you can tailor the year to suit your own particular interests.
Many students value the opportunity to study abroad for a year, and King's has links with universities in Europe and the USA. The experience will give you the experience of a different culture and ways of teaching and thinking. These skills may well give you an added advantage when job-hunting.
For more about the departments' contribution to this combined programme, follow the departmental contact links.
ABOUT THE Department of Philosophy
Graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers after leaving King’s. Among those who have recently graduated, a survey uncovered a merchant banker, a police constable, a barrister, a trainee journalist, a trainee teacher and several who had returned (or were about to return) to university to take higher degrees.
Recent graduates have found employment as….
• Analyst Consultant, Accenture
• Asset Distributor, Universal Music
• English Teacher, Primary School
• Intern (Public Affairs), Science strategy company
• Journalist, a business website
• Operations Manager, Five UK
• Research Assistant (Philosophy), a UK university
• Film Production Assistant, Production company
• Volunteer Development Support Officer, Diabetes uK
In our undergraduate teaching, we aim to combine a wide range of study options with direct staff-student contact. Our emphasis on small-group teaching in tutorials and seminars makes King’s an excellent place to acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking, and to express your ideas both in writing and in philosophical discussion with your fellow students and instructors.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Our programme offers an unusually wide range of options, such as Philosophy of Psychology and Philosophy in the Islamic World. Study of these options builds upon the solid foundation of core courses in the first and second years, with a lot of choice between modules already in the second year.
Assessment mixes examinations and essays, and all modules offer formative assessment to let you try out and explore your ideas.
The Department is based at the College’s Strand Campus, in the heart of central London. The College’s Maughan Library is a short walk away on Chancery Lane.
ABOUT THE Department of Physics
Physics students are in high demand because employers recognise the wide range of skills that they possess. Physicists are trained to be good problem solvers and to think logically and apply mathematical and computational techniques to real problems. It is not surprising that our graduates are found in many areas of employment, where they can exploit their skills.
Recent graduates have found employment as…
• Actuarial Analyst, Willis
• Physics Tutor, Tutoring Agency
• Project Engineer, Cryogenic Ltd
• Publishing Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry
• Researcher, Cornell University
• Risk Analyst, City Index
• Performance Manager, Bradford Commerce
The majority of teaching is performed by lectures and laboratory classes, tutorials and through project work. All academic staff are involved with the undergraduate teaching programme. Each student has a personal tutor and the department encourages an open atmosphere in which students feel able to easily approach academic staff. The Student-Staff Committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and feedback on teaching. Staff and students are members of the Maxwell Society: the departments social and lecture society.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
The programmes have a common core of physics modules, with some optional modules each year for single honours students. We place great emphasis on problem solving and project work, which teaches team-work, group organisation, and the skills of oral and poster presentations. We also allow advanced students to work with a school, to experience teaching and develop the skill of presenting information at an understandable level. Students registered for the MSci degree take almost exactly the same modules in the first three years as those taking the BSc degree in Physics. The fourth year provides a wide range of specialised physics options through an intercollegiate London programme, while the MSci project work is a genuine research project.
The department is located in newly refurbished dedicated office space, with views over the Thames to the London Eye and Westminster. The central location of our department gives easy access to major libraries and many leading societies including the Institute of Physics.