History and Philosophy BA

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  • Duration: 3 years full-time 
  • Award: BA

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A working knowledge of philosophical writings can make you a very effective student of history. At the same time, your history modules will help you to understand the context in which some of the great works of philosophy were created.

Each year on our History and Philosophy degree, roughly half your modules will be in philosophy, and the other half in history. In both subjects you'll be encouraged to contribute to and lead discussions in regular seminars. You're also welcome at research seminars, where visiting philosophers and historians discuss issues at the forefront of current research.

In History you can learn about past societies, from the Romans to the modern period, addressing political, social, and cultural themes.  You'll learn to exercise independent judgment, to be critical of accepted opinion, and to present your arguments clearly and effectively. Find out more about the History side of the course, including History modules.

The Philosophy department offers an exciting range of modules taught by researchers who are experts in their field. You can develop your understanding of the key areas of philosophy, such as ethics, political philosophy, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, and logic. We also offer modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle to Descartes, Kant, and Hegel, among others.

The Philosophy side of the degree is highly flexible, with no required modules. Dual students have the choice of exactly the same modules as single honours Philosophy students. Philosophy modules

Our campus and how we use it

While some of our teaching takes place in the department, most of it is timetabled to take place in purpose-built teaching spaces across the campus (see our campus map). The campus has many amenities, and is located at the heart of the city, giving you easy access to shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Learning and Assessment

Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information

More information on History and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2020 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: AAB typically including History or Classical Civilisation
  • International Baccalaureate: 34, typically with 5 in Higher Level History
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher: AAABB + B typically in History
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: ABB typically including A in History + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject

We can also accept other qualifications:   Other entry requirements for History and Philosophy BA 

Other qualifications

Other requirements

GCSE English Language grade 4 or grade C

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification. Equivalent English language qualifications

If you have a question about your qualifications, please email history@sheffield.ac.uk.

How to apply

Tuition Fees

Disability and Support

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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