MA Philosophy and History of ScienceFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
One year full-time;
two years part-time
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Number of places||Not fixed|
|Start date||September 2016|
The University of Bristol ranks among the top European institutions in the philosophy and history of science. It currently holds four major research grants studying Darwinism and Rational Choice, Epistemic Utility Theory, Homotopy Type Theory and a Philosophy and Medicine project on Breathlessness.We offer expertise in a broad range of areas in the philosophy and history of the specific sciences, including Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Logic, Medicine, and Psychology.
Our MA draws on these strengths. It is intended both for students who have a first degree in philosophy who wish to specialise in philosophy and/or history of science at a higher level, and also for individuals with a background in pure science who wish to make a transition to philosophy and history of science or to explore foundational issues within the sciences.
The emphasis of the programme is on philosophical issues arising from specific scientific disciplines, with special emphasis on physics, biology and mathematics. The history of science is studied in terms of the philosophical debate about the nature of scientific method and knowledge.
You will be an active member of the department’s flourishing research culture. All students are encouraged to participate in both the weekly departmental research seminar and the weekly Philosophy and History of Science research seminar, which often features well-known scholars in the field, from Bristol and beyond. There is also a weekly postgraduate seminar, where you are encouraged to present your own work, and where you will learn to develop your argumentative strategies in a supportive environment.
Fees for 2016/17
Full time fees
Part time fees
Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.
Funding for 2016/17
Please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages for funding and studentship opportunities.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
You will take six taught units (two compulsory and four optional).
- Scientific Methodology and Epistemology: This unit concerns core topics in scientific epistemology and metaphysics. The unit is examined on the basis of an essay of 5,000-6,000 words. As with all assessed essays, you may meet with a supervisor to discuss your work and to receive feedback on a draft essay.
- Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar:This unit involves a two-hour, weekly seminar developing ideas and bibliographical and writing skills necessary for philosophical research.The unit is assessed by seminar contributions and presentations.
Please note, optional units can vary each year but may include:
- History of Science
- Philosophy and History of Mathematics
- Philosophy and History of Medicine
- Philosophy of Biology
- Philosophy of Physics
- Philosophy of Psychology
- An individual, supervised research project
Satisfactory completion of semesters 1 and 2 allows you to progress to writing a dissertation of not more than 15,000 words on an approved topic of your choice. The dissertation is your chance to produce an extended piece of philosophical research that can act as preparation for a graduate research degree. You will have supervisory meetings with a member of staff who will also provide feedback on a draft of your work.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Philosophy or in a combination of subjects that include Philosophy. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
Further information about English language requirements
|Admissions statement||Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.|
Students who have completed the MA programme in Philosophy and History of Science have taken up careers in teaching, the IT sector and scientific administration.
1 August 2016
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REF 2014 results
- 30% of research is world-leading (4 star)
- 35% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 5% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
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