History and Philosophy BA

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

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We are still accepting applications for 2018 entry

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, 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

More information

More information on History and Philosophy BA is available on the University 2019 prospectus. Information about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab: University 2019 prospectus.

For 2018 entry, see the University 2018 prospectus.

More information on studying in the Department of Philosophy

Entry requirements for 2019

Our typical entry requirements are:

  • A Levels: AAB including History or Classical Civilisation
  • International Baccalaureate: 34, 6 in Higher Level History
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher: AAABB + B in History
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: ABB including 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 

English language requirements

International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

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

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Disability and Support

We welcome applications from disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.

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