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Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
The Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought programme from the University of Leeds allows you to explore three different yet closely related subjects as they relate to a key subject: the nature of the mind.


Why study?

The Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought programme from the University of Leeds allows you to explore three different yet closely related subjects as they relate to a key subject: the nature of the mind.

In core modules you’ll interrogate and use the scientific, philosophical and historical methods used to understand what the mind is and how it works. You’ll look at the mechanisms of the brain, childhood development, mental illness, the history of psychology and the possibility of knowledge.

You’ll also have the chance to develop your understanding by choosing from a wide range of optional modules reflecting the diverse research interests across the University. They’ll allow you to focus on the topics that interest you such as ethics, or the philosophy of art or religion.

Combining philosophy, psychology, the history of ideas and sciences, this varied and exciting degree allows you to explore some of the biggest questions facing humanity – how we think, what we know, how we know it, or whether we can really know anything.
Career opportunities
Because this degree crosses so many disciplines, it will grant you an impressive range of subject knowledge. But you’ll also develop valuable transferable skills that really stand out to employers. You’ll have strong research skills and be able to interpret and analyse both qualitative and quantitative data. You’ll also be confident working independently or within a team, and you’ll have the advanced communication skills necessary to present and defend your own arguments.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    365 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

What you study

Compulsory modules in your first year will introduce you to different aspects of philosophy and psychology, such as biological, developmental and cognitive psychology, questions of knowledge and the self. You can also choose from optional modules on topics such as ethics, the philosophy of Descartes and the links between magic, science and religion.

From this foundation, you’ll take further core modules in topics such as cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of the mind over the next two years, as well as choosing from a wide range of optional modules across philosophy, psychology and history of science. You could look at ancient philosophy, psychological disorders, metaphysics, learning theory, and the ethics of life and death to name a few.

Throughout your degree you’ll be developing a wide range of skills including research, interpretation and analysis, and in your final year you’ll have the opportunity to apply them to an independent research project on a topic of your choice across philosophy and history of science.

Study abroad opportunities

All University of Leeds students can apply to spend a year studying abroad. It’s a great way to gain an insight into another culture, as well as gaining valuable experience that will look great on your CV.

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science also has exclusive exchange links with universities in Denmark, France and Spain – language classes are available before you go to prepare you for the experience.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Entry requirements
  • AAB at A Level.
  • IB: 35 points (including 16 points at Higher Level)
  • Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer. For applicants taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications.
Selection principles

Offers are based on the merit and the ability of each applicant to meet the academic and non-academic criteria for admission to the programme of study.

We will consider all the information supplied in your application and, where appropriate, performance at interview, in determining whether to make an offer to an applicant.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are keen to support those who have the potential to succeed but whose personal circumstances may have affected their levels of achievement. For this reason, we encourage participation in the Access to Leeds scheme. Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A-level.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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