Physics with Philosophy

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Physics with Philosophy BSc
  • Duration: 3 years full-time 

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Physics with Philosophy MPhys
  • Duration: 4 years full-time 

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Physics with Philosophy is a stimulating combination of subjects that have much in common. It will give you an understanding of modern physics while enabling you to explore some of the philosophical problems raised by science.

The Physics course provides a broad education across the whole spectrum of modern physics, including quantum mechanics, relativity, particle physics, and numerical and computation physics.  In the third year you can do a semester-long project on some aspect of physics. There are more than 60 different projects available, with current titles including the Philosophy of Science and the Physics of Time Travel. In addition you will develop transferable skills such as numeracy, computer programming, and science communication.

Find out more about the Physics side of the course, including Physics 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 logic, metaphysics, theory of knowledge, philosophy of mind, ethics, political philosophy, and of course the philosophy of science. We also have modules on major figures in the history of philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle to Kant and Hegel, among others.

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

Information about 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 and more information

More information, including about teaching and learning can be found under the "learning and assessment" tab on the University prospectus.

  • University prospectus: Physics with Philosophy BSc 2020 entry
  • University prospectus: Physics with Philosophy MPhys 2020 entry

Entry requirements

Physics with Philosophy BSc

Our typical entry requirements for Physics with Philosophy BSc are:

  • A Levels: ABB including Maths and Physics
  • International Baccalaureate: 33, 5 in Higher Level Maths and Physics
  • Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers: AABBB + AB in Maths and Physics
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: BBB including Maths and Physics+B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.

We can also accept other qualifications: Other entry requirements for Physics with Philosophy BSc

Physics with Philosophy MPhys

Our typical entry requirements for Physics with Philosophy MPhys are:

  • A Levels: AAA including Maths and Physics
  • International Baccalaureate: 36, 6 in Higher Level Maths and Physics
  • Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers: AAAAB + AA in Maths and Physics
  • A Levels + Extended Project Qualification: AAB including AA in Maths and Physics+A. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject

We can also accept other qualifications: Other entry requirements for Physics with Philosophy MPhys

Other qualifications

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 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification. Equivalent English language qualifications

If you have a question about your qualifications, please email physics.ucas@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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