Physics and Philosophy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
MSci Physics and Philosophy is a partnership between the School of Physics and the Department of Philosophy. It provides a thorough grounding in physics, and is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

About

This course offers an exciting intellectual challenge from the outset. In the first year, you will study physics and maths and philosophical topics such as metaphysics, the theory of knowledge and ethics. Subsequent years are equally weighted between physics and philosophy.

Why study Physics at Bristol?

Our courses are designed to challenge you and develop your abilities as a critical thinker.

Flexibility and choice are key features of a Bristol Physics degree. You can normally transfer between courses in the first two years, and a range of options in the final year means you can specialise in your chosen field or take a more general approach.

A thorough grounding in physics will equip you well whichever degree you choose - and you may choose to spend a year in industry working on a challenging project, or to study physics at a partner university in Europe.

In addition to your degree, you could get involved in communicating science via Discover Science days and school visits.

Our physics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics, who also awarded us Juno status in recognition of our best practice and contribution to the representation of women in physics. We are also proud holders of an Athena SWAN award.

CHAOS, the physics students' society, has been awarded 'best student society' by the University of Bristol Students' Union.

Accreditation

This course is recognised by the following organisations:
  • The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Physics, laboratory work, mathematics
  • Introduction to Philosophy A and B
  • Introduction to Formal Logic
Second year
  • Physics units in quantum mechanics, cosmology, thermal physics, mechanics and waves, electromagnetism, mathematical physics
  • Philosophy units in normativity and realism and an additional choice
  • Practical physics laboratory
Third year
  • Core physics (including semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics)
  • Philosophy of science
  • Practical physics laboratory
  • Physics and philosophy options might include:
    • condensed matter
    • nanophysics
    • biophysics
    • galaxies
    • high energy astrophysics
    • stellar structure and evolution
    • methods of theoretical physics
    • philosophy of psychology
    • philosophy and history of medicine
Fourth year
  • Final-year research projects in physics and philosophy
  • Philosophy of physics
  • Physics and philosophy options, which may include options taken from the Philosophy and History of Science MA programme.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA including Mathematics and Physics
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
  • IB Diploma: 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction including Mathematics and Physics, and 15 credits at Merit, with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include significant mathematical content, with at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
  • BTEC: DDD in Science including Distinctions in Mathematics and Physics units
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade C or above in English Language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.

Funding

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