MSci Physics and Philosophy (FVH5)

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UCAS code FVH5
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
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Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 19 overall for Joint Honours Physics and Philosophy courses

About MSci Physics and Philosophy

MSci Physics and Philosophy offers an exciting intellectual challenge from the outset. 

The course 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. 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.  

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Find out more about studying Physics and Philosophy at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Physics, including special relativity, mechanics, oscillations and waves, fields, properties of matter and laboratory work
  • Mathematics
  • Introduction to Philosophy A and B
  • Introduction to Formal Logic

Second year

  • Physics units in quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, thermal physics, electromagnetism and 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.
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Typical offer for MSci Physics and Philosophy - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAA including Mathematics and Physics
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
BTEC offer DDD in Science including Distinction in Mathematics and Physics units
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C or above in English Language. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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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.

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