MSci Physics and Philosophy (FVH5)

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UCAS code FVH5
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 16 overall for Joint Honours Physics and Philosophy courses

About MSci Physics and Philosophy

This course provides an exciting intellectual challenge from the outset. In year one, you will study physics and mathematics and philosophical topics such as metaphysics, the theory of knowledge and ethics. Subsequent years allow you to study the overlap between the subjects in depth, and include units in the philosophy of science and the foundations and philosophy of physics.

The course gives you the opportunity to develop a physicist's broad range of skills - including problem-solving, numeracy and communication – and to supplement these with a philosopher’s ability to rigorously analyse complex texts and form coherent arguments on complex subjects.

You will join a friendly department with a very active, award-winning student society. The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

More about Physics

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
  • 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.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physics and Philosophy

Typical offer for MSci Physics and Philosophy - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
A*AA including A*A in Mathematics and Physics in any order
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall including 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall including 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and 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 D*DD in Science including Distinction in Mathematics and Physics units
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 9.0, 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics (in any order)
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalentGrade C or above in English Language.
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.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements and policies for 2018 entry will be published in summer 2017. Statements and policies for 2017 entry are available for information:

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1639
Email: sci-ug-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

International students

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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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