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BSc Physics & Philosophy

*NB this page details only the information from the Philosophy side of your programme. You should also consult the handbook of the Physics department to ensure you understand the requirements on that side of the programme.*

General information: modules, levels and credits

Each module has a ‘level’ and a number of credits. Generally speaking, Level 4 modules are taken in the first year, Level 5 modules in the second year, and Level 6 modules in the final year. However you can opt to take a limited number of credits at Level 6 in year two, and a limited number of credits at Level 5 while in your final year.

Choosing modules from other Departments

The majority of your modules will be chosen from the lists available in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Physics. 

However, in your second and final years, you are permitted to take a maximum of 15 credits each year (up to 30 credits in the course of your degree) from modules offered by other philosophy departments within the University of London, subject both to availability and to approval from the Department Education Lead.

You may also take a total of 15 credits in the course of your degree from departments at King’s other than Philosophy or your combined subject, including modules offered by the Modern Language Centre, again subject to availability and approval from the Department Education Lead.

Year one

In your first year, Physics & Philosophy students will take 45 credits in Philosophy from Level 4 modules, as follows:

  1. EITHER 4AANA003 Elementary Logic OR 4AANB008 Methodology
  2. EITHER 4AANA004 Metaphysics I OR 4AANB007 Epistemology I
  3. One further module from the above, or from:

Note that some modules are taught in the autumn and some in spring. We recommend you divide your Philosophy modules equally across the two semesters, although this is up to you. You can, if you wish, take more modules in one semester; however this will result in a heavier workload along with what you are doing in the other half of your degree.

Year two Final year

In their final year, students will take between 45 and 75 Philosophy credits. If 45, then at least 30 credits must be at Level 6. If 60-75, at least 45 credits must be at Level 6. The remaining credits may be at Level 5 or 6.

NB You must ensure that, between your Philosophy selections and those in your other Department that you have chosen *at least* 90 credits at Level 6 during your degree.

Level 6 modules often build on the Level 5 modules described above. Thus some may have prerequisite Level 5 modules.

Almost all Level 6 modules in the Department of Philosophy are worth 15 credits and last one semester.

The Dissertation is worth 30 credits (therefore it carries twice the weight of a normal taught module) and is taught by five 1 x hour one-on-one meetings with a member of staff and a weekly dissertation seminar in the Spring semester. The Dissertation is available to combined honours students, but optional.

Alternatively, you may request to take modules from other Departments in King’s besides philosophy and your combined studies department (up to 15 credits in the course of your degree), or from other philosophy departments in the University of London (up to 30 credits in the course of your degree). Requests are subject to availability and to approval from the Department Education Lead.

For course descriptions and assessment details on specific modules, see the information provided on the modules page.


The full Programme specification and regulations for your year of entry can be found on the King's Quality, Management and Policy webpages (link).

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