History and Philosophy of Science BSc - Phillip Bell
Student profile: Phillip Bell
Degree: History and Philosophy of Science BSc
Subject area: Science and Technology Studies
The parts I enjoy most about the degree programme is the broadness of the courses available. The department runs two streams in History and Philosophy of Science, and Science in Society, but no point do you get constrained into one of them. You can feel free to mix and match modules in History, Philosophy, Sociology, Science Policy, and Science Communication. Within those modules we enjoy relatively small class sizes, and tutors who genuinely seem interested in what you have to say. Non-written components of coursework such as oral presentation have made the course more interesting and varied, while helping me develop confidence and my ability to communicate.
Being in London has benefited my studies massively. Access to the British Library 10 minutes walk from campus, which contains every book a student could possibly ever need has really helped with my dissertation. But also the huge cultural centres of London where you can find different types of music, hundreds of museums (many that are free). London also acts as the transport hub for the whole of the country, which has made visiting friends very doable (finances permitting).
UCL museums and collections have played a vital part in several of my courses. They have provided historical artefacts to help explain certain principles where pictures were less useful. And let's be honest, having access to the real thing is a lot cooler than a picture.