Physics and/with Philosophy


UCAS Code: FV35
Typical offer:
Three years


UCAS Code: F3V5
Typical offer: AAA
Length: Four years

Average weekly contact time

First year: 16 hours
Second year: 18 hours
Third year: 12 hours
Fourth year: 9 hours

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About the course

Physics and philosophy ask profound questions, from the laws of the universe to the nature of existence. This dual honours course puts you at the heart of ground-breaking developments in science, while addressing philosophical problems with the Department of Philosophy. You'll looking at subjects like quantum mechanics, relativity and particle physics alongside topics including logic, metaphysics, ethics and epistemology.

Department of Philosophy

You'll get lots of opportunities to put your scientific knowledge in to practice. We run field trips to Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos in the Canary Islands, the underground dark matter laboratory at Boulby Mine and the Large Hadron Collider at Cern. You can also do a research placement in the department to build up your practical skills and add to your CV.

Our students have an excellent employability record in a wide range of graduate careers. Many enter science-related industries such as working for renewable energy, nanotechnology, space exploration industries and telecommunications companies. Others go into non-science graduate careers, using the graduate level skills they gained from their degree. Many choose further study, doing masters and PhDs in the UK and abroad, and teaching.


These are the current undergraduate modules for this course. As we want to keep our degrees as up-to-date as possible, the modules available when you start your degree might be different.

First year

Core modules:

Options include:

  • PHI107 The Philosophy of Religion
  • PHI115 Reason and Argument
  • PHI116 Elementary Logic
  • PHI118 History of Ethics
  • PHI119 Climate Ethics
  • PHI120 Paradox and Plurality: Zeno to Aristotle
  • PHI121 Knowledge, Justification and Doubt
  • PHI125 Matters of Life and Death
  • PHI126 Mind, Brain and Personal Identity
  • PHI132 Death
  • PHI133 Film and Philosophy

Second year

Core modules:

Options include:

  • PHI201 Reference and Truth
  • PHI202 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHI203 Formal Logic
  • PHI204/219 Ethics: Theoretical and Practical
  • PHI208/220 Political Philosophy
  • PHI211 Theory of Knowledge
  • PHI212 Philosophy of the Arts
  • PHI216 Feminism
  • PHI218 The Rationalists
  • PHI223 Topics in Ancient Philosophy
  • PHI225 Metaphysics
  • PHI226 Philosophy and Education
  • PHI227 Religion and the Good Life

Third year

Core modules:

Physics options include (not on MPhys):

Philosophy options include:

  • PHI302 Metaphysics
  • PHI313 Epistemology
  • PHI318 Liberty, Democracy and Community
  • PHI324 Feminism: Rationality and Politics
  • PHI325 Phenomenology
  • PHI332 Philosophy of Psychology
  • PHI333 Theories of Rights
  • PHI335 / PH1330 Philosophical Problems 1 & 2
  • PHI336 Kant
  • PHI345 Advanced Logic
  • PHI364 Philosophy of Law
  • PHI366 Plato's Symposium
  • PHI368 Practical Reason
  • PHI369 Collective Action
  • PHI370 Free Will and Religion
  • PHI371 Fiction and Truth
  • PHI372 Pain, Pleasure and Emotions
  • PHI374 The Radical Demand in Logstrup's Ethics

Fourth year (MPhys only)

Core modules:

Options include:

Foundation Year

We offer a Physics Foundation Year for students with A level qualifications, or equivalent, in at least one the following subjects: Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology. The Science and Engineering Foundation Year programme is made up of taught modules in physics, mathematics and chemistry taught by academic staff in those departments, plus laboratory and transferable skills taught by staff in the Faculty of Engineering. On successful completion of the Foundation Year students can enter the first year of one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

UCAS code: F309
Typical offer: BBB
Length: Four or five years, depending on final degree course chosen

"Finishing the Foundation Year with good grades gives you the confidence to see that you really can tackle a degree in science or engineering."

– Rose Ireland, BSc Physics

Find out more about the Science and Engineering Foundation Year programme

Science and Engineering Foundation Year: Science degree pathway

Open University OpenPlus entry

The University of Sheffield and the Open University have created a flexible way for UK students to study physics. You can spend two years studying in your own time with the Open University, allowing you to combine work with your studies.

If you complete this successfully, you can transfer directly onto the second year of our full-time BSc Physics, or Physics and Philosophy course.

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